Elliot King

Elliot
King

Elliot King is an associate professor and the director of the Digital Media Laboratory at Loyola College in Maryland. He has 20 years of experience as a technology writer, researcher, and analyst.

Articles
Will Flash Memory Replace Hard Drives? 2
The growing use of flash memory will have a major impact on companies' storage plans in the next few years
Back to the Basics for Storage Pros
Recent studies suggest that IT pros still haven't mastered essential data-protection strategies, such as effective tape backup practices and data archiving.
Shockingly Risky Storage Behavior 1
Are you paying enough attention to business continuity planning, email-related compliance issues, and the data-theft risks of USB devices?
Storage Market Remains Robust
All segments of the storage industry report healthy growth, which is also good news for IT pros who purchase storage systems.
SMBs Confront Email Retention 2
Cost and complexity of solutions might be holding SMBs back from pursuing email-archiving strategies--but they ignore email retention at their own risk.
Tape Losing Ground to Disk as a Backup Medium
More and more storage pros are replacing their tape-based backup systems with disk-based ones. Does tape have a future as a backup medium?
Time to Tackle Email Archiving
Here's why email archiving is this year's pain point for IT pros.
Leave That Old Data Alone
For small companies, retaining all data might be more cost-effective than deciding which old data to archive and which to discard.
No Surprises in Long-Term Storage Market Trends
Quarterly reports show that, as expected, industry heavyweights EMC, Dell, HP, IBM, NetApp, and Hitachi Data Systems are still kings of the hill in the storage market.
The Changing Nature of Archiving
The sheer volume of data growth may goad vendors and IT into approaching long-term data storage in new ways.
The Starting Flag Drops for Serial Attached SCSI
Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is the next-generation technology for direct-attached storage, and storage vendors are getting SAS products ready to bring to market.
Compliance Technology
Here's an overview of proprietary technologies vendors are developing to address regulatory compliance.
Is Your IT Infrastructure Compliance-Ready?
Learn about the most significant sets of regulations that are likely to affect your company and see which core business processes those regulations touch on.
Protecting Data at Rest 4

Oops, they did it again. When Ameritrade announced that it had lost backup tapes containing personal information about 200,000 of its customers, there was a clear sense of--in the words of the famous New York Yankee pundit Yogi Berra--déjà vu all over again. After all, just 2 months ago, Bank of America revealed that it had lost tapes containing data for 1.2 million federal employees.

SANs Head for the Mid-Market

SANs have long been the domain of larger companies. Whatever benefits SAN technology might have offered small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs), it was too expensive and too complicated--the thinking went--for companies that didn't have dedicated IT resources to devote to it. Consequently, SMBs continued to rely largely on direct-attached storage technology. "The smaller and midsized companies are aware of the technology, but they've been afraid that it's difficult to use and expensive to acquire.

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