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Sticky situations for USB stick support

Sticky situations for USB stick support

There's an argument against the usage of USB sticks which has been discussed many times in this column: they're a potentially massive security risk. But there's another case you could make against having your business life stored in 4GB or so of flash memory — it's a total support nightmare.

June 23, 2008 by in Storage

Sex, drugs, pain and storage

Sex, drugs, pain and storage

New storage technology can be frankly pornographic: it's big, it's sexy and you want it slammed into your rack right now — but is a long term relationship more satisfying?

June 15, 2008 by in Storage

How do you deal with 250,000 tapes?

How do you deal with 250,000 tapes?

I'm standing in a room with roughly a quarter of a million backup tapes. No, this isn't where the FuelWatch guys hid the evidence, it's the Perth storage area for Spectrum Data, which specialises in storing ageing backup media and helping companies retrieve data from long-forgotten archives.

June 2, 2008 by in Storage

OS religion almost dead in the datacentre

OS religion almost dead in the datacentre

While there's not much that's more fun than stirring up Linux and Windows zealots into a frenzy of spite against each other, we thankfully finally seem to be approaching a more measured universe in which technology choices can be made based on suitability rather than preconception.

May 27, 2008 by in Open Source

Many mail make managers manic

Many mail make managers manic

E-mail is frequently blamed for creating storage bloat, but is the most effective means of dealing with the problem increasing storage capacity, imposing quotas, enforcing archive rules, or just driving the help desk nuts with questions?

May 12, 2008 by in Storage

Virtually large but apparently small

Virtually large but apparently small

You've only got to hang around a datacentre for about 30 seconds before someone starts raving on about virtualisation. While the cost benefits of virtualisation are obvious, the management challenges often get swept under the carpet.

May 5, 2008 by in Servers

Burning down the warehouse

Burning down the warehouse

Getting executive sponsorship for any kind of data clean-up project isn't easy. If careful reasoning, detailed budget plans and a touch of blackmail don't work, then there may be a simpler solution: arson.

April 28, 2008 by in CXO

Sticking it to USB sticks, again

Sticking it to USB sticks, again

A new survey highlights a predictable problem: there could be lots of risky private information stored on USB sticks. That's about as surprising as Paris Hilton flaunting her lady garden in public.

April 22, 2008 by in Security

What would Dr Who do?

What would Dr Who do?

There's only one thing better than a convenient scorecard for measuring your performance as a storage manager: a convenient scorecard for measuring your performance as a storage manager that also lets you think about Billie Piper or John Barrowman a lot.

April 16, 2008 by in Storage

Crikey, Calvin, what were you thinking?

Crikey, Calvin, what were you thinking?

There are lots of fiddly little rules surrounding backup and disaster recovery, but some of them are, to be frank, blindingly obvious. At the top of my personal list would be this one: don't check your notebook PC as hold luggage when you get on a plane.

April 7, 2008 by in Storage

Unnatural language processing

Unnatural language processing

Indexing a large chunk of data is a bit like joining Weight Watchers: it's a useful first step, but it doesn't immediately solve the problem of how you're going to deal with all that blubber.

April 2, 2008 by in Storage

Why sex scandals are good for data management

Why sex scandals are good for data management

Convincing people of the importance of regular backups and a proper data management plan is a bit like persuading them of the necessity of regular visits to the dentist — no-one bothers until they wake up in the morning screaming with pain. But if you can't persuade them with pain, sex often works a treat.

March 25, 2008 by in CXO

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