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News Analysis Trends

Analyst View: How to lower file-based storage costs

For a number of years, organizations have been experiencing exponential data growth and have been buying more and more storage to support it.

Enterprise storage outlook: "Asset optimization" a bright spot

Throughout 2008, the enterprise storage market proved surprisingly resilient compared to the overall IT sector. But the outlook for 2009 is?well, sketchy.

Microsoft partners with Iron Mountain

<p>Microsoft&rsquo;s recent release of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 was, by itself, a relatively minor announcement that included bug fixes, increased support for Microsoft applications, and support for Hyper-V virtual server platforms. But couple the SP1 release with a new relationship with Iron Mountain for cloud storage services, and DPM takes on a completely new shape.</p>

Nexsan combines SAS, AutoMAID

Nexsan Technologies has once again combined its energy-saving AutoMAID (massive array of idle disks) technology with high-performance, SAS-based RAID storage to create the newly released SASBeast disk array.

Seagate debuts 3.5-inch drives

Enterprise customers are slowly shifting from 3.5-inch hard disk drives (HDDs) to infrastructures based on the smaller, high performance 2.5-inch form factor, but Seagate predicts there will still be a need for 3.5-inch enterprise HDDs for the next several years.

Business Briefs


This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.


Don?t be duped by de-dupe ratios

In these belt-tightening times, ?asset optimization? technologies, such as data compression, virtualization, thin provisioning, automated tiered storage and, perhaps most of all, data de-duplication, will be increasingly adopted by IT managers who need to ?do more with less.?

Lab Review

Hyper-scalability for virtual machine I/O

<p>Using Virtual Service Clients and Virtual Service Providers, Microsoft&rsquo;s Hyper-V creates a low-overhead environment for virtual machines that can provide a high degree of scalability on a state-of-the-art SAN.</p>

New Products


Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer?s guide for professionals.

Special Report

Understanding data de-duplication ratios

Data de-duplication has obvious benefits, but vendors? claims regarding data de-dupe ratios have led to confusion.

Var View

VARs provide cost-effective replication

Achieving offsite data replication is a growing concern for many small and medium-size businesses (SMBs).


Who uses SSDs, and why?

Adoption of solid-state disk (SSD) drives depends on the market segment.

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Volume 13
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February 2009