Test Drives and Tire Kicking

Posted on June 01, 1998

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Test Drives and Tire Kicking

Dave Simpson

Editor-in-Chief

As InfoStor continues to grow, we continue to add sections and departments. This month, we kick off our labs reviews. The testing is actually performed by the IT/IS Labs staff at our sister publication, BackOffice, which focuses on the Windows NT market. (For more information or to subscribe, head for www.backofficemag.com.)

This month, the labs denizens took HighGround Systems` Storage Resource Manager for a spin. I`ve seen demos of this software, and I agree with the reviewer: This is a nifty package for managing burgeoning NT storage environments. And as IT managers continue to consolidate their NT storage--or at least the management of that storage--while capacities soar, managing the mess is bound to become an increasingly daunting task.

HighGround is a relatively unknown company whose main claim to fame is the Microsoft Removable Storage Manager (MSRM) code, which was developed for Microsoft and will be included in the Godot of the computer industry--Windows NT 5.0. MRSM was formerly known as Windows NT Media Services. (For more information on all the storage goodies that are scheduled for 5.0, see the cover story in our March issue.)

Also this month, we launch our Reader I/O page. We welcome comments--both encomiums and diatribes--from all of our storage professional readers: IT managers, systems integrators, value-added resellers, storage vendors, and OEMs. Send your comments to daves@pennwell.com.

If you have a lengthy point to make, we`ll consider running it in our Opinions department, which this month features a diplomatic plea for coexistence--not contest--between the incumbent SCSI and successor Fibre Channel interfaces. Based on estimates from most storage analysts, it`ll be quite some time before Fibre Channel shipments exceed SCSI shipments, so we agree that coexistence is the best mindset for the time being.

On the Cover

This month`s cover story focuses on data warehouses, a topic that may seem strange for a storage-specific magazine. But, although most of the ink gets spilled on things like data-mining tools and the underlying warehouse database, the storage infrastructure is the foundation on which all that other stuff is built. As storage professionals, it`s your job to make sure the storage part of the data-warehousing equation isn`t one of the contributors to the alarmingly high failure rates among warehouse projects. Despite those failures, the data warehousing market is expected to top $8 billion this year, a 40% jump over last year.


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