Large IT organizations think globally but often act locally

It seems like in every product briefing we attend these days, the manufacturer says they’re interested in the SMB/SME market — meaning they’re avoiding larger enterprises. A lot of companies are targeting new products at organizations that are smaller than the Fortune 100/500, but their

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Solve inactive data glut with file virtualization and data archiving

We’ve got an elephant in the room that needs to be discussed. It’s called old data. Old, or inactive, data is choking storage systems, networks and backup systems — even with dedupe in place (see “Dedupe: Square peg for round hole?” for a discussion of

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Reducing data storage footprint: Something VARs can work with

Greg Schulz, in an FAQ on SearchStorage.com, “Tools and techniques for reducing your enterprise data storage footprint,” does a good job illustrating an important point that storage VARs can use. He goes into the definition of “footprint” as it applies to storage systems and how it’s

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Tiered storage and file virtualization make sense; just don’t call it ILM

Don MacVittie, strategic architect and blogger for F5 Networks, brought up a good point in a recent blog post that I think VARs would be interested in. He commented on the use of the term “ILM” in a Storage Switzerland article, “What is File Virtualization?”

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Don’t be afraid of the Old MAID (technology)

MAID as a technology has been around for an eternity, at least in storage years. But Copan, which introduced it in 2002, really had a hard time getting any lasting traction. VARs, too, had some trouble selling it, as Moore’s Law kept driving the costs

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