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Vol. 2 No. 10 December 2003

Backup On a Shoestring

While big businesses drop millions of dollars on their backup infrastructure, lucky small business IT managers are allotted a couple thousand dollars. Exabyte, which makes VXA-2 tape technology, is hoping small- and medium-sized businesses will choose to spend their limited funds with them on its new 10-cartridge autoloader, the VXA-2 PacketLoader 1U, which in a 1.75" rackmount form factor can hold up to 1.6TBs and is priced under $2,500. Compare that to a six-slot, 864GB 2U DDS autoloader from Certance (formerly Seagate Removable Storage) that retails on its Web site for $4,199. Exabyte's new PacketLoader is the culmination of a lot of thinking about how the market is shaping up, says Kelly Beavers, Exabyte vice president of marketing. On the one hand, data is growing at 20% to 50% per year. On the other, the price of entry-level servers continues to drop. According to Beavers, next year, a majority of servers will cost under $10,000. These factors both point to the need for denser, cheaper tape automation products. The ...

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Features in this issue

  • The pitfalls of smart switches

    Do you want to centralize storage management, cut costs and make your life a whole lot easier? There are a number of storage vendors promising these very things by creating products that move intelligence into the fabric, but smart fabrics will have their own issue.

  • Hot technologies in 2004

    In 2004, flexible, affordable new technologies are beginning to emerge that will open the door for smaller companies and allow them to sample some advanced storage strategies.

  • Reeling in a bigger salary

    The results from the first official survey of storage jobs are out, and you'll want to check them before either your staff's or your own performance review.

  • Starting the ILM process

    Information life cycle management (ILM) is the buzz right now. But too much emphasis is being put on products and not enough on understanding that ILM is really a process. Before you buy in, here's how to analyze what it means for you.

  • Sunny Day for Storage Consolidation

    Avant-garde storage consolidation

  • Is there a need for more speed?

    by  Jeff Moad

    Fibre Channel switch and HBA vendors will be shipping 10Gb/s gear in early 2004. The Fibre Channel Industry Association has just backed a 4Gb/s standard, yet how necessary is this when some enterprises have only recently migrated from 1Gb/s to 2Gb/s?

Columns in this issue

  • EMC and NetApp still think they're competitors

    Storage Bin: EMC and NetApp still think they're competitors; they spend time and money planning defense strategies. Maybe if they paused to think for a minute, they'd see that they're two successful companies growing in vastly different directions.

  • Tiered storage: Heterogeneous vs. homogeneous

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Tiered storage is a hot idea, but implementing it can be trickier than appears. This article defines the two different approaches--heterogeneous and homogeneous--and helps you choose the strategy you should employ.

  • Booting from the SAN

    by  Darryl Brooks

    Although booting from the SAN isn't a widespread practice, it gives an organization many choices in the way it manages server and storage infrastructures.