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New Year's resolutions for storage pros

By Alan Earls

The year winds down and the new year rises up before us. What can you add to your list of resolutions that will help you maximize your skills and get the most recognition you can? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Look at your career options for the year ahead now. Where do you want to be and how will you get there?

  • Does your organization understand storage and appreciate its value? If not, can they be educated or is it time to find someplace else to hang your hat?

  • Are your skills moving fast enough? Does your vendor offer training? Are you keeping up with the industry and staying informed?

Speaking of staying informed, have you marked your calendar for some of the major storage events coming up in 2001? Here are a few:

How about some good reading? Consider the newly published Storage Area Networks: Designing and Implementing a Mass Storage System by Ralph H. Thornburgh and Barry J. Shoenborn, published by Prentice Hall PTR/Sun Microsystems Press; (ISBN: 0130279595) It's a first edition in paperback and weighs in at 314 pages. It was published in September. To find out more about this book or how to order it, go to's EMarketplace at:

Oh, and don't forget in 2001 to resolve to drive safely, buckle up, etc. At least Y2K is behind us!

About the author: Alan Earls is a freelance writer in Franklin, Mass.

This was last published in November 2000

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