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  • How to modernize your backup infrastructure

    Posted September 2, 2010 - 11:56 am

    The technologies to vastly improve backup and recovery performance and reliability have arrived. Here's how to put them to good use.
  • SAN and NAS virtualization primer

    Posted August 26, 2010 - 1:32 pm

    How storage virtualization technologies allow you to keep pace with ever-increasing storage requirements while maintaining high availability and service levels
  • 6 cool innovations for the data center

    Posted August 3, 2010 - 11:30 am

    Sure, consumer gadgets are getting most of the attention these days, but data centers are getting some love too. These new products and technologies promise to solve real data center problems or are already working to make enterprise operations run more smoothly. How many are on your wish list?
  • Free online services that store, sync and share your files

    Posted July 23, 2010 - 4:20 pm

    "Syncing to the cloud" may sound like marketing-speak, but it's actually a convenient thing to do: Upload your important files to an online server and access them from any of your other computers and mobile devices.
  • Five Trends Shaping Data Center Designs

    Posted July 13, 2010 - 10:53 am

    In the past, companies built data centers like parents buy clothes for their children: Buy big and wait for the kids to grow into them.
  • From the labs: IT's future today

    Posted June 21, 2010 - 4:18 pm

    For all its promise of revolution, the computing industry often lags behind expectations. After all, your netbook is really just a laptop, only smaller and cheaper. The chip that powers your PC today has a direct lineage back to the Pentiums of yesterday. Your latest hard drive might hold 2TB, but it's still just a hard drive. Where's the real innovation?
  • Your tech vendor's been gobbled up: Now what?

    Posted June 15, 2010 - 11:12 am

    Having your primary tech vendor bought out can create lots of change in a hurry. Customers of acquired tech firms such as Foundry, EqualLogic and Sun share their concerns and advice.
  • Storage Virtualization: When to Invest

    Posted May 13, 2010 - 8:33 pm

    Storage virtualization adds to your costs, but if your goal is to manage your storage networks more efficiently, it pays off.
  • SATA 6Gbit/sec.: Does it double your SATA speed?

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 3:43 pm

    Those of us in the business of keeping an eye on new technologies wonder why the buzz about SATA 6Gbit/sec. (a.k.a. Serial ATA Revision 3) hasn't been louder than it is.
  • Delphi Capital Management Opts for Cloud Storage

    Posted March 18, 2010 - 2:01 pm

    Phil Mentesana, chief technology officer at Delphi Capital Management, knew that backing up critical data to tapes and schlepping them offsite for safe storage wasn't exactly a smart plan.
  • Best Portable Hard Drives

    Posted January 20, 2010 - 12:26 pm

    These pocket-size drives are great for backup or for storing your multimedia file collection.
  • VDI: Strategies to Get You Started

    Posted December 16, 2009 - 8:44 pm

    VDI is a growing trend but fraught with complexities. There isn't a single VDI solution to fit all circumstances, and each solution is composed of a multitude of products that have to fit together in very precise ways. There are several strategies to consider before plunging into these waters, and we'll consider several of them so you can figure out the right collection of products for your own particular circumstances.
  • Storage devices for the holidays

    Posted December 14, 2009 - 1:20 pm

    For the serious geek on your holiday shopping list, you can never go wrong with an external hard drive. Here are some of out top-rated hard drives, RAID arrays, and network-storage devices from the past year.
  • Holiday Gift Ideas: Storage

    Posted November 19, 2009 - 3:03 pm

    Network storage, hard drives, memory cards and everything in between.
  • 100 Best Products of 2009

    Posted October 27, 2009 - 2:33 pm

    PC World looked at many outstanding hardware, software, sites, and services this year, evaluating each one on its design, functionality, performance, and impact. Here is the cream of the crop, the 100 best of 2009. (Note that we chose not to rate products specifically on their price or value, focusing instead on their overall quality.)
  • Gartner's top 10 technologies include the cloud, mobile apps

    Posted October 20, 2009 - 5:22 pm

    The top strategic technology in Gartner Inc.'s annual top 10 list was cloud computing, but the one that may have been of the most interest to Bill Piatt, the CIO of the International Finance Corp., was last on the list, and that's mobile applications.
  • IBM's internal innovations

    Posted October 19, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    If you had a blank check, access to IBM's latest products and its best talent, and your task was to renovate a 2,000-square-foot legacy data center, the result would be IBM's sparkling showcase in Southbury, Conn.
  • Cheap SANs boast high-end features

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 9:49 pm

    This is a good time to be buying a midrange storage-area network. Gigabytes per dollar is dropping, throughput per dollar is increasing and affordable systems are delivering sophisticated features that used to be reserved for the high end of the market.
  • Remaking the data center

    Posted September 18, 2009 - 9:26 pm

    A major transformation is sweeping over data center switching. Over the next few years the old switching equipment needs to be replaced with faster and more flexible switches.
  • Tips for deploying BI cheaply, profitably and effectively

    Posted September 17, 2009 - 5:13 pm

    When Raghu Bala, CTO of, joined the company in 2006 to help it build out its business intelligence infrastructure, he put up on his office wall a picture of a cup stuffed with dollar bills and change, with a caption underneath that said, "Panhandling for BI budget."
  • The data storage 'perfect storm'

    Posted July 15, 2009 - 7:22 pm

    While firms need to grow their storage capacity, they lack the budget, physical space and energy supplies to do this. It's the perfect storage storm.
  • Law firm speeds data access with virtualisation

    Posted June 30, 2009 - 12:38 pm

    Rouse, an intellectual property rights law firm, has virtualised its servers in a bid to improve processes and disaster recovery, as well as cut costs. The company used VMware Infrastructure 3.0 in its primary datacentre to cut from 65 servers to 10, in the few months after December. It moved from HP servers to Dell 1955 blades.
  • VMware’s vSphere brings storage flexibility, greater speed to SaaS provider

    Posted June 16, 2009 - 4:45 pm

    When VMware launched its latest virtualization platform, vSphere, it introduced the phrase “cloud operating system” to the IT industry. The terminology may seem like a marketing gimmick, but there are real-world benefits in the over-hauled virtualization software, as one early user of vSphere has found.
  • Supply Chain Reality: Risk Tied to Smaller Pool of Suppliers

    Posted June 8, 2009 - 9:17 am

    Without question, today's supply chain applications can provide unmatched visibility into a company's supplier base, help spot inefficiencies and allow for better, smarter decision-making on logistics and inventory. But if several manufacturers in your Chinese or European network suddenly shut down, there's not much software can do at that point. You're on your own.
  • Top 10: Palm Pre hype, EMC-NetApp tussle

    Posted June 5, 2009 - 8:55 pm

    Intel plans to buy Wind River and the Apple iPhone 3.0 rumor mill hits full tilt as Jobs snags some headlines, too
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