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These days IT administrators have to be concerned about a variety of issues such as how to cut the IT budget while end-user data growth rates are 60% or more per year; how to manage all the reference information (or fixed-content data) that is accumulating within the organization;
With the heightened attention on business continuity and disaster recovery, many organizations are looking to extend their storage over long distances using a wide area network (WAN).
Every IT manager knows the importance of data backup and recovery to the organization's business continuity strategy. The basic approach to data backup, however, has not changed in decades.
With data-storage requirements continuing to double annually at some sites, throwing more storage space at the problem is a flawed strategy. Instead, this issue demands evaluating the importance of data, with data-protection safeguards applied appropriately.
In today's 24x7 business environment, enterprises' dependence on advanced eBusiness solutions is intensifying and triggering unprecedented growth of mission-critical data.
At the Gartner PlanetStorage conference last month, one of the more eye-opening sessions was analyst Bob Passmore's presentation on the storage area network (SAN) management software market.
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With the release of BrightStor Enterprise Backup v10.5, Computer Associates says it addresses some of users' biggest backup complaints—notably, manageability, integration, and performance.
After growing 125% in 2002, Tektronix's Oracle database is projected to do so again this year due to the financial, order management, and inventory transactions that its 3,000 users worldwide perform.
Last month, the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) voted in approval of using 4Gbps Fibre Channel in switched storage area network (SAN) fabrics.
For years, backup-and-recovery has been mostly about backup. What data should I back up?
Despite continued adoption of storage area networks (SANs) and network-attached storage (NAS) last year, unit shipments of tape libraries increased just 3% to 65,400 units, according to the recently published Freeman Report, 2003 Tape Library Outlook.
In its latest network-attached storage (NAS) server appliance kit, Microsoft is increasing NFS file sharing performance by 50%, adding storage resource management (SRM) functionality and a new Web user interface, supporting an iSCSI initiator, and including the same storage features as Windows Server 2003.
While 2002 was the first year that a significant revenue decline occurred in the network-attached storage (NAS) market since its inception in the early 1990s, the market is bouncing back, due in large part to growth in the lower midrange segment, according to International Data Corp.
Although the adoption rate of storage area networks (SANs) has slowed over the last year, a recent survey of 192 storage professionals shows that users are leaning heavily toward SANs relative to network-attached storage (NAS).
Taking its first steps toward what the company refers to as "utility computing," Veritas last month introduced its OpForce 3.0 server provisioning software.
IP storage transport protocols, combined with conventional remote storage solutions, can be implemented across a wide selection of IP networking options. The various options have their own strengths and weaknesses.
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Does disk-to-disk (D2D) backup deliver as advertised? That's a question a lot of you have been asking me lately.
For years, companies have relied on traditional data-protection techniques—tape backup, mirrored disks, periodic mirror break-offs, remote replication, and snapshots.
Snia On Storage
To some proponents, the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) will solve all storage management problems. Detractors, on the other hand, are extremely skeptical about the promises of SMI-S.