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Vol. 9 Num. 10 February 2011

Just don't call it disaster recovery

Things might be looking up in data storage shops these days, but a lot of companies are still falling short when it comes to disaster recovery readiness. Mark Twain once said, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." I don't know about lies and damned lies, but I can get lost in a pile of statistics as easily as I can lose myself in the aisles of Home Depot. Lucky for me, there's been plenty of stuff in the research bin to rummage through lately and piles of stats to sift through. I won't drag you through all the market share numbers and other minutiae gleaned from IDC and Gartner reports, but the bottom line is that the bottom line is looking a whole lot better these days. Storage shipments are up pretty much across the board, with disk systems, software and all the other accoutrements climbing steadily -- and even steeply, in some cases. That means you're all out there spending again, and that's a good thing all around, not just because the picture looks a little rosier for storage vendors but because...

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Features in this issue

  • Finalists: 2010 data storage Products of the Year

    Find out which products were chosen as finalists in the 2010 storage Products of the Year competition by Storage magazine and

  • Replication revisited

    Once an expensive option, data replication is now available in many forms and is a more affordable and effective disaster recovery option than ever.

  • Storage managers plan for busy 2011

    Based on our annual Storage Priorities Survey, it looks like a busy year -- storage budgets are up a bit and there are long to-do lists.

  • Using NAS for virtual machines

    Common wisdom says you need block storage for virtual servers; but with most hypervisors supporting the NFS protocol, NAS may work just as well.

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