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Stop the big-drive addiction

Looks can be deceiving. Take Hitachi GST's recent additions to its Travelstar line. The 2.5-inch drives may not look that much different than other small form factor drives, but one glance at their specs is enough to see the beginning of a storage re...

Error-proof your disaster recovery plan

In IT, change is the only constant, as hardware and software is updated almost continuously. Companies that take business continuity seriously protect themselves by creating a recovery site to run vital business processes during an emergency.

In search of lost tapes

I have two suggestions in regards to keeping your data safe: First, start encrypting your backups, at least those that you know will travel. No ifs, no buts, just do it. The second suggestion? See suggestion No. 1.

Storage built for HPC speed

When it comes to talking about performance, speed turns people's heads. Bring up racing cars in a room full of folks discussing sedans and pickup trucks, and you'll see what I mean.

Living off the grid OS

If you read Greg Nawrocki's Grid Meter, you're likely already in the loop about 3Tera, the hard-to-pin-down software company that doesn't develop business applications, doesn't create games, and is not making another OS.

Closing back doors to your data

Storage vendors often brag that their systems "phone home" in the event of malfunction, often before something breaks. "We call you before you realize there's a problem, telling you a component is about to fail and that the replacement part has alrea...

Dell PowerVault MD3000i

Dell has added a new iSCSI storage array to its portfolio: the PowerVault MD3000i -- a fully redundant enclosure that can pack dual-power supplies, dual-RAID controllers and 15 SAS (serial attached SCSI) drives in 2U.

Small SNW plays could make big waves

Storage Networking World came and went with me neck-deep in my lab testing products for review. Yet even at a distance, some of what was announced in Dallas this week caught my attention as harbingers of advances to come.

Vendors take giant leap with drive encryption

Now that the capacities of small form-factor drives have hit hundreds of gigabytes, just about any corporate database can easily fit on a laptop. That affordable capacity gives users the opportunity to work outside the office on projects with large d...

NetApp-Sun rivalry heats up

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, as the old proverb goes, but who can be flattered by imitation that may violate one's intellectual property?

Fueling faster file transfers with RocketStream

The data that we send over wires travels between two-thirds and three-quarters the speed of light, depending on the medium. Within the LAN, transfers from point A to point B appear to be immediate, with less than a millisecond delay.

FTP: New tricks for an old dog

Not only has the multimedia revolution increased our appetite for storage, but it has also beefed up our portions, as average file sizes just keep getting bigger every day.

FTP: New tricks for an old dog

Not only has the multimedia revolution increased our appetite for storage, but it has also beefed up our portions, as average file sizes just keep getting bigger every day.

The SMB backup dilemma

Every time I hear a pitch for an SMB backup solution it comes complete with a chilling statistic that suggests smaller companies are tone-deaf to data protection.

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