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Vol. 4 No. 1 March 2005

Midmarket yearns for remote replication

Just because a company isn't listed on the Fortune 500 doesn't mean it doesn't need remote replication--a cornerstone of enterprise-class disaster recovery (DR) practices. But many midmarket firms are discovering that vendors usually associated with remote replication simply aren't meeting their needs. "Talking to the big guys wasn't very satisfying," says Matt Kesner, CTO at Fenwick & West LLP, a high-tech law firm in Silicon Valley. With offices in San Francisco and Mountain View, CA, the firm began talking last year to top-tier DR providers like SunGard and AT&T, as well as storage vendors like EMC about ways to replicate data outside the firm's earthquake-prone area. Things never went very far, though. "I found [the big-name vendors] had very impressive presentations, but they couldn't tell me specifics like what my actual bandwidth needs would be or what kind of asynchronous lag we'd have," Kesner says. Dealing with them, he says, "it was impossible to predict our ongoing costs." At the same time, he was being quoted ...

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Features in this issue

  • SMI-S has legs

    SMI-S support gaining ground

  • Midmarket yearns for remote replication

    Midsized companies want enterprise-class replication

  • Spotlight on midrange arrays

    Midrange arrays can handle most jobs traditionally associated with costly monolithic arrays at a far lower price. Our Special Report describes the benefits of these modular storage systems, profiles 14 of the leading midrange arrays and offers a look at what's coming.

  • Securing IP SANs

    IP SANs use commodity hardware and industry-standard protocols to provide a cost-conscious, easy-to-manage alternative to Fibre Channel arrays. But with IP comes the issue of security. We detail five ways to make an IP SAN more secure.

  • Buzzword: SPAID

  • Rescue stranded storage

    by  Alex Barrett

    How SRM products can help you discover capacity that isn't accessible to an array.

  • First Look: Archivas ArC

    Archivas' ArC software is a highly scalable archiving application that can store fixed content as WORM data while still providing quick access to files.

  • NAS heads: Gatekeepers for enterprise storage

    A NAS head can aggregate disk capacity on storage systems, making it easier to share files and usedisk space efficiently. NAS head capabilities vary, so understanding product features and your requirements is crucial.

  • EMC TOEs the iSCSI line

    by  Alex Barrett

    Target-side TCP/IP Offload Engine chips have arrived, but the jury is still out on whether you should care.

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