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Vol. 2 No. 2 April 2003

How global companies are consolidating storage.

In this economy, alluring IT projects are all about cutting costs. Companies such as Whirlpool Corp. and MasterCard International have launched overhauls of their worldwide storage infrastructures to consolidate their global storage facilities and manage applications from as few central locations as possible. For these multinationals, it's money well spent. Jim Hall, vice president of engineering services at MasterCard, says the company is using some serious economies of scale to drive down technology costs. Whirlpool and MasterCard are on the leading edge of a new phenomenon: As companies embark on managing storage across the global reach of the enterprise, their chief tactic is to do so through data center consolidation. Problems plaguing global storage consolidation Here are some issues to consider before embarking on a global storage consolidation program. At least 50% of storage is still direct-attached storage (DAS), which makes it difficult to manage remotely--and automation tools are mostly for the networked environment....

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  • 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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