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Vol. 5 No. 2 April 2006

SMB backup: To tape or not to tape?

LOOKING FOR FURTHER evidence of tape's impending demise? Consider this: Last month, IBM announced TSM Express, a small- to medium-sized business (SMB) version of Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM), which costs a mere $195 per processor and backs up only to disk. The target market for TSM Express doesn't typically have fancy tape automation equipment or staff to swap tapes at night, explains Tricia Jiang, IBM's TotalStorage technical evangelist. "We talked to our customers and they don't want to have someone in at midnight mounting tapes," she says. Of course, for disaster recovery purposes, it's possible to manually make tape copies of the backups as an offline process, says Jiang, "at the administrator's leisure." In a separate announcement, IBM will have a new disk-based backup offering for its xSeries servers: Quantum's newly launched GoVault. Inherited through its Certance acquisition, the GoVault "dock" comes in 3.5-inch or 5.25-inch form factors, and uses special ruggedized 2.5-inch disk cartridges in capacities of 40GB, 80GB or...

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Features in this issue

  • Fine-tune storage networks

    How key SAN components, principally host bus adapters and switches, are configured will determine overall SAN performance. If you know what to look for and how to make adjustments, performance issues can be greatly reduced.

  • Voice apps can strain storage

    Digital voice recordings are creeping up on storage like e-mail did a decade or so ago, but they're roughly 1,000 times larger per element. Here's how to prevent them from overwhelming your data center.

  • iSCSI moves up the ranks

  • New life for InfiniBand

    InfiniBand storage is finally emerging, but despite its cost, speed and scalability advantages over Fibre Channel, acceptance has been slow in enterprise data centers. But clustered, high-performance computing and demanding applications have helped renew interest in InfiniBand-based storage networks.

  • New DLT drive tops a terabyte

  • Finding Data

    Archiving applications are increasingly being used to minimize online data stores and to meet compliance requirements. Most of those archivers include search features, but the capabilities vary widely. Understanding how these search tools work will help you find the best fit for your company.

Columns in this issue

  • The winners of Storage magazine's Products of the Year were surprising

    Storage Bin: The winners of Storage magazine's Products of the Year were surprising, as so few of them were big-name storage vendors. Here's Steve Duplessie's take on the subject.

  • Deploying Intelligent Information Management applications

    By deploying Intelligent Information Management applications, organizations can improve resource management by eliminating the storage of duplicate data, reduce risk by quickly responding to discovery requests, comply with record-retention and privacy regulations, and restore the right data faster.

  • Misplaced priorities

    by  Stephen Foskett

    In this age of compliance and despite well-publicized cases of data theft, a recent security survey from GlassHouse Technologies indicates that few companies are paying much attention to storage security.