I remember one of my first IT jobs, working for an East coast telecom company's network services division. Boy, did we have storage: Almost two terabytes, total, spread across six servers! Wow! Of course, a TB or two is no big deal these days, but even back then storage was essential. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that storage was more important than e-mail. Yeah, I know - NOTHING is more important than e-mail now, although we have to remember that e-mail is impossible without some disks to keep it on.
Today's companies are storing more and more data, and getting rid of less and less. "Storage management" is more about backing up than actual managing, for many IT admins. It's truly an Age of Storage.
Of course, with storage becoming more and more important - and more difficult to manage and back up, as it grows - you need to start using some creativity to meet your business and operational needs. That's why we asked Chad Marshall, a true storage guru, to write The Tips and Tricks Guide to Creating Business Continuity through Enterprise Storage Solutions. Heck, just the title alone is big enough to deserve a hard drive upgrade!
The first volume is out today, and covers topics like maximizing storage resources, cost management, compliance issues, security, and availability - all the topics that need to be addressed in a modern storage architecture. Each subsequent volume will include additional tips on these same topics, helping you quickly leverage new technologies and new ideas.