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For a number of years, organizations have been experiencing exponential data growth and have been buying more and more storage to support it.
Throughout 2008, the enterprise storage market proved surprisingly resilient compared to the overall IT sector. But the outlook for 2009 is?well, sketchy.
<p>Microsoft’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 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.
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.
This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.
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.?
<p>Using Virtual Service Clients and Virtual Service Providers, Microsoft’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>
Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer?s guide for professionals.
Data de-duplication has obvious benefits, but vendors? claims regarding data de-dupe ratios have led to confusion.
Achieving offsite data replication is a growing concern for many small and medium-size businesses (SMBs).
Adoption of solid-state disk (SSD) drives depends on the market segment.