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  • EMC keeps Red Sox in the game

    Posted May 2, 2006 - 9:08 am

    An information storage system from EMC Corp. is scoring big points with the Boston Red Sox. The team is using the Clariion system from the Mass.-based information management and storage company, to store several years of footage, and gain an edge in the highly competitive world of pro-baseball.
  • Careers: The Storage Specialty

    Posted April 14, 2006 - 10:33 am

    storage administrators' national average salary tops $80,000, while senior administrators average more than $95,000

  • The Three Approaches to Storage Virtualization: Which Approach Is Best For You?

    Posted April 11, 2006 - 10:57 am

    The three approaches to storage virtualization are array-based, system-based; and switch-based. To decide which approach to use, IT managers must weigh one critical factor: where should the intelligence be hosted to handle storage virtualization?" Here's why.
  • Virtualization leads to consolidation

    Posted March 31, 2006 - 4:21 pm

    The benefits of server and storage virtualization and consolidation go straight to the bottom line -- less complexity and fewer assets to manage mean a lower TCO -- but they are not guaranteed. To get the most out of virtualization and consolidation, organizations must plan carefully.
  • Best practice: Better backup and recovery

    Posted March 10, 2006 - 3:55 pm

    Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa is a seven-days-a-week working environment with an equally demanding backup schedule. As their IT infrastructure was being built, they found that they needed a solution that could handle a daily backup schedule and could safely and quickly perform backups of critical databases in a Microsoft-based storage environment. Learn about the solution they chose and their rules for success.
  • Public Sector Backup and Recovery

    Posted March 6, 2006 - 2:31 pm

    As government agencies generate more electronic data than ever, IT managers are under pressure to resume operations quickly in the event of disruptions.

  • Data warehousing comes of age

    Posted February 24, 2006 - 10:43 am

    It's not so many years ago that implementing an enterprise data warehouse seemed doomed to failure. Datamarts, as a departmental solution, were the only practical answer. Today, the data warehouse has come of age.
  • European study shows fast, loose approach to e-mail

    Posted February 17, 2006 - 1:33 pm

    Nearly half of the IT managers in 1,700 companies across Europe do not receive guidelines on what e-mail should be saved even as awareness of the need for careful record-keeping has increased in recent years, a new study shows.
  • The high cost of compliance

    Posted December 20, 2005 - 3:59 pm

    Compliance with recent regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley has, and will continue to impose a significant financial burden on companies, consuming a large proportion of IT spending. At the same time, compliance issues are creating a whole new segment and opportunities for vendors.
  • Users test storage functions in Windows Server 2003

    Posted December 19, 2005 - 4:17 pm

    Beta users of Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 R2 operating system offer positive reviews on its storage resource management tools but says that it lacks the robust reporting capabilities necessary for data replication.
  • Does your mobile need defragging?

    Posted November 23, 2005 - 10:51 pm

    Hi-tech consumer goods, including the latest smart phones, will get slower and slower with use, experts have warned. The solution is the same process as applied to computer hard drives -- defragging.
  • Business Continuity Challenges for Financial Institutions

    Posted November 18, 2005 - 5:41 pm

    The terrorist attacks of September 11 underscored the critical need to increase vigilance. Since then, the financial services sector has taken steps to identify and reduce physical and cyberspace vulnerabilities, and to improve the overall efficacy of its business continuity practices.
  • Critical challenges for corporate compliance

    Posted October 27, 2005 - 3:09 pm

    While many enterprises have approached compliance as a one-time event or on a per-regulation basis, the better approach is to address compliance from a strategic perspective -- one that mandates a proactive and holistic approach to building a comprehensive set of capabilities in security and availability. Such a strategic approach can go beyond the regulatory environment and help companies improve overall security and availability of information assets, reduce operating costs, and increase the quality of IT service throughout the enterprise.
  • Preparing for a disaster

    Posted October 27, 2005 - 2:53 pm

    Every CIO and IT executive has lessons to learn from Hurricane Katrina. Disasters, whether natural or man-made can completely disable an organization's IT abilities, which can result in lost revenue, a drop in stock price, regulatory penalties, the loss of customers to competitors, and even put a company out of business.
  • Server consolidation and virtualization

    Posted October 21, 2005 - 10:16 am

    As storage needs continue to grow, one obvious option is to expand the data center. But it's not the only option. Using a combination of blade servers server virtualization may be the better choice. This article will help you make the case.
  • Virtualization: Ghosts in the Machine

    Posted October 18, 2005 - 11:52 am

    Qualcomm Inc. saves by "not" buying additional servers, and uses virtual machines as a corporate standard for deploying and managing x86-based servers - the goal is to push more into the virtual space.
  • Storage Special Report: Virtual Unity

    Posted October 18, 2005 - 11:23 am

    Hunterdon Medical Center, highlighted here, is one of only 3,000 companies globally that have implemented storage virtualization today. See how its chosen storage virtualization solution made the unmanageable, manageable.
  • Storage Special Report: Battling Complexity

    Posted October 18, 2005 - 11:17 am

    Storage cost saving strategies, simplification techniques, and real-world user accounts are the focus of this special report on storage.
  • Creating an effective backup and recovery strategy

    Posted October 14, 2005 - 12:08 pm

    No matter how good your network is, data loss and system crashes are inevitable. And no matter what the cause, when vital business information isn't available, every minute down costs you money. That's why you need to have a backup and system recovery strategy that gets you back up and running within minutes, not hours or days.
  • Thinking through virtualization

    Posted October 3, 2005 - 3:52 pm

    Four suggestions for network execs considering introducing Virtualization into their infrastructure.
  • The virtues of virtualization

    Posted September 30, 2005 - 2:44 pm

    Using software to model the future of IT may free organizations from the risks and limitations of hardware.
  • Customers and compliance

    Posted September 29, 2005 - 5:32 pm

    Data security and privacy have become top concerns for consumers -- and for the U.S. and international regulators who've created a patchwork of new laws. At the same time, many consumers expect technology to enable better service, such as having their accounts accessible 24/7, or having their problems solved rapidly when they dial a customer call center. The question for CIOs is how to create a satisfying customer experience while complying with regulations to ratchet up overall data security.
  • A new approach to managing downtime

    Posted September 16, 2005 - 2:43 pm

    Whether planned or unplanned, downtime poses a constant, costly challenge. Learn how today's IT organizations -- which continue to be asked to do more with less -- can take a new, more effective approach to reducing downtime.
  • The need for e-mail resilience

    Posted September 8, 2005 - 3:46 pm

    While e-mail plays an essential role in improving workforce productivity, it also creates a glut of information for most organizations and a storage nightmare for IT departments. This article looks at why enterprises should consider establishing a resilient framework for the efficient retention and retrieval of e-mail.
  • CD writers buying guide

    Posted August 24, 2005 - 3:48 pm

    Despite living in a world where hard disks are insanely cheap, and removable media incredibly small, the humble CD doesn't show any signs of being superseded the way it has replaced the floppy disk. Although the CD was originally a read-only medium, the development of rewritable disks has meant that the floppy disk is no longer necessary, besides the fact that its humble 1.4MB is not enough for anything but the simplest of documents anymore. Additionally, the competition in removable media has thinned, with things like ZIP, JAZ and Super Floppy disks no longer being cost-effective or as widely used as CD-ROM drives.

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