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Vol. 7 No. 10 December 2008

What do you see as your biggest storage challenge in 2009?

Question of the Month: What do you see as your biggest storage challenge in 2009? "It will be backups. 10TB of storage is fine, but having to have three or four copies of it is not (in mirrors and backups)." --Chris Marble, Unix systems manager, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA "The biggest storage challenge we're going to face is the new demand for virtual machines and ESX." --Steve Boddy, senior network engineer, CCH Small Firm Services, Caribou, ME "Meeting the ever-increasing demand for additional storage, while also dealing with an ever-shrinking budget." --Jim Doyle, IT consultant, Office Depot, Delray Beach, FL "End users afraid of purging data or pushing aggregate data to data marts or warehouses or offline to tape in an archive/storage environment. Disk may be cheap, but in the NAS array world of today, reliable and effective storage solutions are anything but." --August A. Costanza, lead DBA, Newsday LLC, Melville, NY For more on storage planning, see "2009: Do more with less"

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Features in this issue

  • LTO-4 gains favor among tape drive buyers

  • How your SAN will evolve

    We asked storage vendors, industry analysts and technologists serving on storage industry associations about where they saw the SAN heading. There may not be sweeping architectural changes in five years, but there will be changes in the basic building blocks of the SAN infrastructure: networks and protocols; switches; storage arrays, disks and controllers; and SAN management.

  • "I second that VMotion," say replication vendors

    Replication vendors are finding new avenues for their technology by leveraging VMware's VMotion technology.

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