All Archive Data is Not Alike
Just because we call all the data users aren't changing on a daily basis archival, that doesn't mean it's all the same. The 31-day old email that's been replaced with a stub in the user's mailbox and the 15 year old X-ray HIPPA requires you to keep don't need the same SLA and may be better served by different storage systems.
The Five Dimensions of Storage
Scientists are developing new materials and techniques to store data in five dimensions, which could lead to disks that hold 10 TB. That's great for consumers, but does it make sense for enterprise storage systems?
EMC Announces 3,892,179,868,480,350,000,000
The IDC Digital Universe study continues to chart the remarkable growth of digital information, which is expanding at very near incomprehensible rates. Much of this growth can be linked to the innovation of storage media vendors.
Intel and FCoE: The Power of Incumbency
The Open FCoE initiative will eventually succeed because everyone but QLogic and Emulex wants to leave behind the proprietary driver model that has been the basis of expensive Fibre Channel adapters for years. I believe Intel's approach is a winner and clearly stems from the experience of a company that is the incumbent leader in an adapter market where over 100 million ports migrated to 1 GbE.
EMC Announces Acquisition Of Configuresoft
The provider of server configuration, change and compliance management software empowers customers to automate visibility and control across their physical and virtual data centers
SATA Revision 3.0 Specs Released
SATA Revision 3.0 enables 6-Gb/s link speeds between storage units, disk drives, optical and tape drives and protocol host bus adaptors.
Storing Archival Data - Part Deux
Now that you've decided to build a real archive you need to figure out where, both physically and technically, you're going to keep it. Archives are data Roach Motels -- data goes in but doesn't check out for a long time. Which means it will outlast the 5-7 year useful life of most disk systems. Archive systems need to insure data integrity beyond vendor's end of life declarations.
Small Biz Focus with Cisco Router, Switch Enhancements
While much of the attention recently has been on Ciscoï¿¼s Nexus router line, the company rolled out a number of enhancements to its legacy lines. Improvements were made to the companyï¿¼s Integrated Services Routers (ISR) and Catalyst 4500 and 6500 switches, so these products offer more network integration, are more energy efficient, and do a better job of supporting unified communications (UC) applications.
Dell Poaches IBM's Top M&A Exec
Plans to anoint David Johnson as Dell's top acquisition planner likely signals a shift in strategy. Johnson has overseen IBM's frenetic merger activity for the past nine years.
Did My FCoE Prediction Come True?
FCoE vendors will fight it out over OEM relationships and systems vendors will align with those hardware suppliers who are on the fast track to deliver tangible connectivity products to market.
Production Pain Points
You don't have to use Production software to please opposing counsels. Use it to make your life easier -- and the judge happier.
Storage Industry Consolidation
The move by NetApp to buy Data Domain has rekindled speculation that more deals are on the way. It is time to place some small bets on who will buy who.
Fibre Channel Customers Must Consider FCoE Options
The faster 8-Gbps Fibre Channel offers companies a way to boost the speed of their storage networks. But IT managers are looking at Fibre Channel over Ethernet as a possible long-term alternative that can simplify their data centers.
The Question of Tape
Companies used to plead hardship in an attempt to avoid searching tape for discovery motions, but that excuse is swiftly falling by the wayside.
SingleHop Opens New Data Center
The Elk Grove Village, Ill., facility marks the hosting provider's second data center and is part of SingleHop's aggressive expansion.