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Making sure that data generated at remote locations is properly backed up can be problematic for many enterprises, especially those with multiple, distributed sites and little to no IT support to leverage.
EMC this month will introduce a new product—EMC Documentum Content Storage Services (CSS)—that will allow its customers for the first time to define and automate storage policies for unstructured content based on the business value of that content.
According to a recent end-user survey conducted by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) consulting firm, storage security is a lingering and growing problem among companies of all sizes and across all industries.
Intransa lowers IP SAN costs
But tapes can be re-used
It's no secret that backups have become a high priority among IT executives.
StorageTek recently jumped into the database archiving market with its Life-Cycle Director software for IBM's DB2 database.
IBM, with partner Cisco Systems, has released a new version of its TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) software for Cisco's MDS 9000 switches.
EMC and Tech Data last month expanded their distribution agreement to offer products and services to resellers and integrators targeting federal IT contracts, just in time for the end of the federal fiscal year, which ends on September 30.
A joint study recently conducted by AIIM, the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Association, and Kahn Consulting concludes that while organizations are making headway when it comes to information management and compliance, for the most part they are not doing enough.
Ships Storage Replicator 3.0
Whether it's Fibre Channel or iSCSI, small and medium-sized businesses are realizing that SANs make more sense than direct-attached storage.
Storage In The Studio
The production studio uses storage area networks for sharing hundreds of terabytes of digital content, and Serial ATA-based disk arrays to keep costs down.
Cry Havoc uses disk arrays based on the latest generation of the venerable SCSI disk drive interface for high capacity and high performance.
The Orphanage visual effects studio leverages a shared file system and a SAN to coordinate artists and save time and money.
Although the trend is toward networked storage configurations such as SAN and NAS, Stargate Digital is sticking with direct-attached storage.
SAS provides a number of advantages over parallel SCSI in the areas of performance, configuration flexibility, scalability, and reliability/availability.
Here are some tips on what to look for in iSCSI target devices, including disk arrays, bridges, and tape libraries.
Snia On Storage
The SNIA Technology Center Institute offers vendor-neutral storage networking education for end users and storage integrators.
The Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) is slowly making its way through standards committees and is starting to show up in vendors' products. Although SMI-S is laudable in every respect, I think it's important for users to take a sober view of the standard and when they'll be able to reap the benefits.