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  • 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
  • Champion Tech delivers SAN-based disaster recovery to dodge hurricanes

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    When he became CTO of petrochemical firm Champion Technologies, Roland Etcheverry walked into a disaster-recovery greenfield. There was no real disaster-recovery system in place, as fail-over technology was just starting to come into its own in 2004 and limited to "extraordinarily costly" multilocation backup systems outside his company's economic reach. When Hurricane Rita came close to the company's Houston headquarters in late 2005, all he could do was make tape backups and ship them elsewhere -- and mount the case for planning a real disaster-recovery system.
  • Revlon creates a global IT network using "Mini Me" datacenters

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 2:33 pm

    In February 2008, David Giambruno initiated a global restructuring project at cosmetics maker Revlon that took advantage of the company's regular-capacity refresh cycle to engineer a technology leap. His goal was to replace Revlon's disparate, global storage architecture with an integrated one that consolidated and virtualized server resources for faster service response, improved disaster recovery capability, and increased operational efficiency.
  • Thomson Reuters reduces storage sprawl to save money, increase quality

    Posted June 1, 2009 - 2:31 pm

    At Thomson Reuters' Professional Division, IT infrastructure growth was outpacing revenue growth by almost two to one, which would require building a new datacenter every 12 months. That was unacceptable, so Christopher Crowhurst initiated two projects: One focused on storage optimization and one focused on server virtualization
  • USGA hooks into IBM cloud

    Posted May 18, 2009 - 5:05 pm

    Business resiliency was the main driver for the United States Golf Association when it recently chose the IBM cloud for e-mail and data protection services.
  • Engineering firm picks Iron Mountain for cold storage

    Posted May 18, 2009 - 5:02 pm

    Elliott Townsend, manager of information services for Bruns-Pak, a New Jersey engineering firm that designs and builds data centers, says the definition of cloud computing is not something he's all that focused on. All he knows is that Iron Mountain Digital's Virtual File Store, which the company calls "the industry's first cloud-based archiving solution," is saving him $5,000 a month.
  • What Happens to the Data When An Online Storage Site Closes?

    Posted May 15, 2009 - 10:43 am

    Online storage sites, the toast of the Internet circa 2006, are shutting down in droves, putting the data and images of their users in jeopardy.
  • Why IT should start throwing data away

    Posted May 6, 2009 - 3:37 pm

    Storage sprawl is unsustainable, and keeping it all is risky. Data-retention policies let users delete data with less risk.
  • Another Data Center Headache: Log Data Exploding

    Posted May 4, 2009 - 10:35 am

    While most companies use data centers to store their primary business information -- such as backups of important files and customer data -- real-time log data and unstructured transactional data are quickly becoming major issues as well. Most industries will face a significant data problem in the future, as compliance requirements force them to not only retain more data, but also make such data easily searchable.
  • Struggling with supersized storage

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 4:46 pm

    Tasty Baking Co. produces more than 4.8 million cakes, doughnuts, cookies and pies each day. And the Philadelphia-based snack food giant also manages to generate another crucial commodity -- computer data -- in equally impressive amounts. "It's something to be concerned about," says Brendan O'Malley, Tasty Baking's vice president and CIO.
  • Solid-state flash products hit market en masse

    Posted March 26, 2009 - 2:30 pm

    Solid-state drives based on flash memory are turning up in products from seemingly every hardware vendor these days, signaling that the technology may be inching closer to mass adoption.
  • Solid-State-Drives: The Fastest Storage Eve... Wait a Second

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 1:54 pm

    AnandTech has come out with a thorough, yet easy-to-ready primer on the history and architecture of the modern solid-state drive. But this isn't just a digital textbook: The site has crunched the numbers to determine the veracity of the reports that SSDs aren't as speedy in real-world use as typical benchmarks and evaluations might have you believe.
  • Open source and SaaS offerings rethink the database

    Posted March 24, 2009 - 11:32 am

    The world of low-rent key-value storage silos is exploding. Here's a list of some of the more prominent new projects.
  • City emails treated casually in the Big Easy

    Posted March 10, 2009 - 7:47 am

    Something smells fishy in New Orleans, and it's not the etouffee.
  • Cloud computing: Don't get caught without an exit strategy

    Posted March 3, 2009 - 10:46 am

    And amid all the hubbub about whether and how to get into the cloud, there's growing concern about how to get out.
  • How to avoid 5 common storage mishaps

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 5:24 pm

    Think you can guess the No. 1 threat to the security of your stored data? If you said hackers, or even trouble-making insiders, you'd be wrong. While malicious threats are an ongoing concern, it's your well-meaning employees who are more likely to unknowingly expose your company's stored data through, say, a file-sharing network or a misplaced laptop. Here's a look at five common types of breaches, with advice about how to avoid similar mishaps.
  • Keeping stored data safe within company walls

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 3:22 pm

    With data security breaches now costing companies $202 per compromised record, according to the Ponemon Institute, it's time to start locking down data at rest. Here are three techniques for protecting stored data.
  • Cloud computing and compliance: Be careful up there

    Posted January 30, 2009 - 12:22 pm

    Using the cloud for data processing and storage may have its advantages in terms of simplicity and cost, but ensuring regulatory compliance will not be nearly so simple.
  • What if my storage cloud turns stormy?

    Posted January 30, 2009 - 10:53 am

    Services that store enterprise data in a "cloud" on the Internet raise questions that organizations are just beginning to ask, but for all their limitations, they may be no more risky than on-site storage platforms.
  • The Mac at 25: Storage

    Posted January 27, 2009 - 10:38 pm

    In the beginning--that is, 1984--a Mac could store 400K on a painfully slow 3.5-inch floppy disk.
  • What your hard drive will look like in five years

    Posted January 21, 2009 - 2:30 pm

    As solid-state disk (SSD) technology closes in on hard-disk drive (HDD) capacity and price, experts say it may not be long before spinning disks are a thing of the past and a computer's storage resides in flash memory on the motherboard.
  • EMC takes the gloves off with VMware

    Posted January 12, 2009 - 9:53 pm

    Five years after purchasing VMware, EMC is becoming more aggressive in selling its own products and services alongside those of its virtualization subsidiary.
  • Separating Backup and Archiving; Securing Your Digital Information

    Posted December 29, 2008 - 5:09 pm

    Today's companies are challenged not only with managing rapidly growing volumes of information that are spread across many technologies and geographies, but also with heightened regulatory and legal oversight on their information management – not to mention how to manage all of this amongst tightening IT budgets in a tough economy.
  • Three deals symbolized storage trends in 2008

    Posted December 19, 2008 - 9:49 pm

    The storage story of 2008 was growth: An accelerating explosion of information, much of it in the form of video, led IT administrators to try to make better use of their capacity and staff.

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