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Vol. 2 No. 2 April 2003

Controlling storage capacity

According to the Meta Group, Stamford, CT, storage capacity will grow at a compound annual rate of 92% through 2005. That's quite a lot of new spinning disk year after year. CIOs will have to find or buy excess capacity to accommodate this new requirement. The good news is that disk drive prices continue to spiral downward to the tune of 40% to 50% per year. But the real cost isn't hardware--it's storage operations. Peripheral Research, Santa Barbara, CA, claims that $1 of storage hardware carries a cost of $7 for operations. With budgets flat and headcounts frozen, how can IT departments meet this operational challenge? The obvious answer is through process automation. Throw some software from Computer Associates (CA), EMC, Tivoli, or Veritas at the problem, configure these tools to meet your storage policies and you're done, right? Wrong. Today's storage management software is incredibly immature, proprietary and limited and likely to remain so for another two to three years. Rudimentary storage management standards are just ...

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Features in this issue

  • Virtual SANs bring order to chaos

    by  Marc Farley

    What will Cisco's embedded virtual SAN technology in its new MDS switch line mean to storage managers? For starters, a new way to manage SANs as they spread across the company.

  • Midrange or high end: what's right for you

    by  Jim Booth

    While the line is blurring, it's not gone. We look at what really differentiates high-end from midrange storage. And we look at the virtues of combining them.

  • USC Spurns Usual Tape Suspects

    In his role as director of emerging technologies at the University of Southern California (USC), Mike Lin is responsible for storing and backing up between 50TB to 100TB of data, for faculty and students alike.

  • Is storage management software worth it?

    High prices, deep discounts, expensive deployments, uncertain vendor commitment--what's a storage manager to think? We help decode the confusion that abounds in this market.

  • SATA drive challenges SCSI functionality

    When it comes to disk drives, suitability for enterprise or desktop applications has little to do with the interface, but with the drive's underlying mechanical platform.

  • Storage managers grapple with Windows

    by  David Braue

    The spread of Windows into ever-more serious applications and the growth of data on Windows servers means that more storage managers are attaching Windows hosts to their SANs. Along with that comes the need to decide whether Windows-based storage management software is the way to go.

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