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Vol. 7 No. 3 May 2008

Do you plan to eliminate tape from your backup process? If so, when?

Question of the Month: Do you plan to eliminate tape from your backup process? If so, when? "Industry accreditation for our organization requires that we have offsite storage of all backups. The easiest and most economical way for us to facilitate that is tape." --Steven Olson, network engineer, North Oaks Health System "Not until I have another reliable means of sending backups offsite." --John Padovano, New York City "We are looking to remove tape drives in all our remote sites. But, at the main data center, we will keep using tapes for vaulting purposes only." --Alain Richard, storage administrator, Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune, Quebec "No. We still send tapes offsite daily for disaster recovery purposes. We also keep a copy of the data on tape onsite. This is an area where we would consider evaluating virtual tape." --Debi Randolph, Server Support Group, First Services

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Features in this issue

  • Hard disk drives become more affordable

  • Legal toolkit for storage systems

    Storage managers may be reluctant to admit it, but they and the storage systems they manage are key players in most companies' compliance and legal readiness procedures. While ediscovery is the current buzzword, there's currently no all-encompassing ediscovery tool on the market. But you can assemble an effective toolkit with some of the point products that are available now.

  • Ask the Expert: NFS vs. CIFS

    What should you consider when choosing between Network File Sharing (NFS) or Common Internet File System (CIFS)?

Columns in this issue

  • Hot Spots: Just say 'Yes' to a new IT strategy

    by  Bob Laliberte

    Software will increasingly transcend the self-imposed technology barriers that have evolved in larger data center environments. The ability to create policy-based programs that not only automate processes, but empower others to help themselves, will dramatically improve efficiency.