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Vol. 4 No. 8 October 2005

Keeping the connected world connected

When we scheduled this month's Cover Story on disaster recovery planning (see "Will your disaster recovery plan work?" ), we had no inkling that a disaster beyond even Sept. 11 proportions would dominate the news. Sadly, we must now contemplate the disabling and possible disappearance of several large cities. My first, second and third thoughts were of the human tragedy, the loss of a unique cultural resource and the further degradation of an entire region that has long lagged behind national averages in many measurements. But then I got to thinking: How can IT people plan and prepare for disasters of this magnitude? With an uncertain climactic future and a volatile geopolitical climate, this isn't an unreasonable question. Our Cover Story will help you prepare for "ordinary" disasters. Is there something to be done about extraordinary ones before they happen? Our society is at a crossroads that we're slow to recognize. We talk about being an information society, but have we done enough to protect that aspect of it? When ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hidden threats to data

    Inadequacies in storage governance and weaknesses in data management may pose far less-visible risks to a company's data. To mitigate these threats, you must be aware of the impact and probability of these risks to reduce or eliminate them.

  • Safer SATA for nearline apps

    New SATA drivers tailored for nearline apps

  • Keep remote offices in sync

    With regulatory compliance, data protection requirements and the need to share data, remote office data can no longer be ignored. Wide-area file system products can rein in and protect remote data.

  • Will your disaster recovery plan work?

    No matter how many checklists a company creates, the number of disaster scenarios it considers or even how assiduously it backs up data, managers can't be confident in their firm's ability to recover data unless the systems have been tested thoroughly.

  • Better capacity forecasting

    There are two methods for devising storage capacity forecasts: quantitative and qualitative. By combining the two, you can develop practical metrics that will make more accurate forecasts.

  • Data grids for storage

    Data grids are used by the scientific community to access data resources around the world. Companies can use the principles underlying these global grids to link geographically dispersed sites.

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