Windows IT Pro Storage UPDATE--Government Snafu Highlights the Importance of Backups and Restores--April 2, 2007

-Storage Viewpoint: Government Snafu Highlights the Importance of Backups and Restores
-News from the Industry: Yahoo! Announces Unlimited Email Storage
-New and Improved
- Reap the Benefits of DAS and iSCSI SAN
- iSCSI-Based SAN Appliances for SMBs



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==== 1. Government Snafu Highlights the Importance of Backups and Restores ====
by David Chernicoff, [email protected]

It's always a relief when a previous expensive lesson that happens to highlight a common IT problem happens to someone else and not you. It's even better when you have the information that caused the problem and can cite it when upper management asks why you're spending the company's money on something. In this case, we have an incident that highlights the importance of backups and, more importantly, restores, in a well-documented and irrefutable fashion. Hopefully this isn't the first time you've heard about this monumental foul-up.

Last June, the Alaska Department of Revenue, which holds the keys to the $38,000,000,000 Permanent Fund that pays out a tax rebate each year to every qualified resident of Alaska, managed to completely lose the database that contained more than 800,000 PDF files of the applications for the funds they distribute (which in 2006, came to a little over $1600 per applicant). The Alaska Department of Revenue lost its database in a very simple way--by accidentally deleting it.

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==== News from the Industry ====
by Blake Eno, [email protected]

Yahoo! Announces Unlimited Email Storage

Since Yahoo! recently announcing unlimited email storage (starting in May 2007) to its users, it's hard not to think of Yahoo! as a viable archive for my various emails and attachments--both work and personal-use. Yahoo! joins other free email services such as Google's Gmail, which maxes out at 2.8GB of email storage, and Microsoft, which caps out at 2GB of email storage, to add to the options for alternative email archives available to business and home users. As an IBM Lotus Notes user, I've often been prompted by IT that my mailbox is reaching its limit and have found myself forwarding certain emails to my Yahoo! or Gmail accounts. I plan to continue using these free email services to offload some of my larger attachments (especially digital photos and PDFs). How do you plan to handle the overwhelming amount of emails that floods your inbox? I know that I'll definitely take advantage of Yahoo!'s unlimited email storage. Join the discussion at:

==== New and Improved ====
by Blake Eno, [email protected]

Reap the Benefits of DAS and iSCSI SAN

Zetera released a new line of networked storage solutions for small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs), Zetera networked bunch of disks (NBOD), that bridges the gap between DAS and iSCSI SANs. Zetera NBOD offers the benefits of SAN, enabling one or more servers to share the storage of single or multiple NBOD devices, along with the simplicity of DAS, requiring minimal skills to deploy, configure, and manage the storage system. Zetera NBOD is based on the company's Z-SAN architecture, which simultaneously optimizes four factors of a network storage system: scalability, performance, reliability, and cost. Zetera NBOD storage solutions are available in 1U rack-mount ($2,699) and 4-bay desktop ($2,199) solutions. For more information, visit Zetera on the Web at:

iSCSI-Based SAN Appliances for SMBs

Kano Technologies announced the NetCOR IP-SAN Enterprise Series, a family of iSCSI-based SAN appliances for the small-to-midsized business (SMB) market. NetCOR IP-SAN appliances provide a single management console to centralize server storage and feature Intel hardware and 3ware 9650SE RAID controllers. NetCOR IP-SAN can be deployed within a single rack-mounted appliance over existing Gigabit Ethernet networks. The NetCOR IP-SAN appliances are offered in 1U, 2U, and 3U rack-mount models, with base models starting with four SATA II hard disks installed at 1TB. NetCOR IP-SAN appliances start at $3,299. For more information, contact Kano Technologies at 866-500-5266 or visit the company on the Web at:


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