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To stay on top of the storage industry, you need a combination of print publications and storage-specific Websites. In our annual readership survey, we asked our readers what their two primary sources of storage information were. About 65% said that publications were their primary source and 43% cited storage-specific Websites (followed by vendor Websites (34%), White Papers (31%), and conferences/tradeshows (19%).

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But our reader research also shows that some of you are relying solely on this print publication for your storage information needs. If you haven’t been checking www.infostor.com on a regular basis, you’ve been missing out on a lot of timely storage news and in-depth technology and trends analysis-a lot of which cannot be found in our print edition. Our Website includes a wide variety of resources, including the following:

-Breaking news stories posted daily;

-Easily searchable archives from all past issues, which provides an invaluable research tool;

-Quick access to a variety of archived Webcasts (recent topics include information lifecycle management [ILM], e-mail archiving, tiered data protection, iSCSI SANs, and 4Gbps Fibre Channel SANs);

-A vast library of White Papers on virtually all storage topics;

-Quick, up-to-the-minute access to financial information on storage-specific vendors in the InfoStor Market Index;

-The ability to participate in our QuickVote reader polls, which survey users and integrators on a variety of topics;

-Links to storage-specific articles from other sources, such as daily wire services and the TechRepublic network;

-Access to hands-on lab reviews from the Enterprise Strategy Group (posted reviews currently include products from vendors such as Diligent Technologies, PolyServe, LeftHand Networks, Avamar, EMC, Pillar Data Systems, Archivas, Kashya, and Data Domain);

-And the newest addition to our site is the SAS Resource Center, a sponsored “micro site” that has everything you need to know about the Serial Attached SCSI interface.

Once you’ve explored www.infostor.com, contact our Web editor Ann Silverthorn (anns@pennwell.com) with any comments and suggestions.

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Dave Simpson

This article was originally published on October 01, 2006