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Vol. 7 No. 2 April 2008

What storage project had the biggest positive impact on your company's business?

Question of the Month: What storage project had the biggest positive impact on your company's business? "Disk library. We back up daily to tape. But we duplicate all jobs to a virtual disk library, which enables us to restore up to a week's worth of data without having to recall media from Iron Mountain." --George Montany, Daymon Worldwide, Stamford, CT "We implemented a Compellent SAN about a year ago and it has had a tremendous impact on how we deploy servers' restore data. I rarely need to depend on tape now for restores." --Corey Puchalski, IT manager at CyberOptics Corp., Minneapolis "Using Oracle databases in a standby configuration in conjunction with block-level replication software has had an enormous positive impact. We can now compress refresh windows for our QA/Dev SAP landscape roughly 90% over using tape and file-system copies." --Anthony M. Bar, senior Unix administrator, Applera Corp.

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Features in this issue

  • Is iSCSI good enough?

    by  Deni Connor

    Organizations of all sizes have adopted iSCSI because it's easy to install, inexpensive, behaves just like Ethernet and doesn't require specialized skill sets like Fibre Channel does. But do analyst claims that iSCSI performance falls short of that for Fiber Channel hold up?

  • Survey: Fibre Channel rules planned purchases

  • Automate application recovery

    by  Eric Burgener

    Today's application continuity computing (ACC) products are best suited for small- and medium-sized businesses, and are focused exclusively on Exchange, which most companies now consider a business-critical application. But the concentration on Exchange will likely change over the next few years, as several ACC vendors plan support for SQL Server and SharePoint in the future.

Columns in this issue

  • Best Practices: High hopes for thin provisioning

    Thin provisioning is a promising way to address allocation and performance. One of the biggest challenges when using the technology is knowing where your data lives, and whether it can be tracked or recovered if there's a catastrophic component failure.

  • Storage Bin 2.0: Winds of change push storage into a new era

    The transactional computing era is over. The Internet computing era is dragging data into the "cloud," and this new era will rain more files--and bigger files--down on you than you can ever imagine.