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Feb 1, 2012
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Network Automation Launches AutoMate 9

Network Automation released its latest automation software solutions, AutoMate 9 and AutoMate BPA Server 9. The release marks the expansion of the no-code platform’s enhanced offerings....More
Jan 13, 2012
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5 Reasons Why Object Storage Will Take Over the Cloud in 2012

In 2011, object storage started to gain major traction in the market especially since it has been validated by companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook, which use this type of architecture to power their very large infrastructures....More
Oct 13, 2011
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Top 10 Reasons SMBs Fail to Back Up Their Data 2

Loss of data ranks as a “worst nightmare” for businesses of any size, but for SMBs data loss can be especially catastrophic: FEMA even estimates that 40 to 60 percent of SMBs never re-open after a data disaster. So, considering the threat of natural disasters, hardware/software failures, and worker recklessness leading to catastrophic data loss, why do some SMBs still fail to back up their data? Matthew Dornquast, CEO of Code 42 Software shared with me this list of the top 10 reasons SMBs fail to back up their data....More
Aug 25, 2011
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Two Studies Show that Tape Offers Significant TCO Benefits Over Disk

Two recent studies have found that tape has significant total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits over disk, including lower cost per GB, lower operating expenses, and lower energy costs....More
Aug 10, 2011
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Vote for Your Favorite Products Now!

The nomination phase is over, so now's the time to cast your final vote!...More
Aug 2, 2011
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Nominate Your Favorite Products Now!

The Community Choice Awards let YOU decide what products get chosen for acclaim and recognition. We want to hear from our readers about what they think are the best products and services are in a given category. Nominate your favorite products now, before time runs out!...More
Jul 26, 2011
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EventSentry Now Lets You Monitor Your Systems from Your iPhone

For a number of years, I’ve admired NETIKUS.NET’s network-management offerings—particularly the company’s EventSentry product, which provides monitoring capabilities for critical infrastructure systems. NETIKUS.NET has released a new version of EventSentry (2.92), and it’s got some cool changes worth pointing out to you network admins out there....More
Jun 13, 2011
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Free Tool of the Week: ScriptLogic PacketTrap IT Community Edition

For some time—since before it was a Quest Software product—I’ve had a soft spot for ScriptLogic’s network-monitoring and IT infrastructure solution, PacketTrap IT. So I made a point to visit with ScriptLogic’s PacketTrap team (namely, Jayson Gehri and Nick Cavalancia) recently at Microsoft TechEd. They brought me up to date on PacketTrap, including the revelation that ScriptLogic is introducing a free version of the product....More
Jun 9, 2011
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Simplify Your Physical/Virtual/Cloud Backup and Recovery with Acronis 1

In a market in which disaster recovery and data protection are typically provided in separate solutions, you’ve probably found yourself wishing for a comprehensive, easy-to-use solution that would just do both for you. There are a few solutions on the market that promise that kind of functionality, but one of the easier-to-use, more innovative choices is arguably Acronis’s Backup & Recovery, the latest version of which (version 11) brings its functionality into the virtualized and cloud environments....More
May 25, 2011
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Best of TechEd Finalist: CommVault Simpana 9 Leaps Forward

I spoke with Randy De Meno (chief technologist) and David Ngo (director of engineering alliances) of CommVault at TechEd about the latest version of his company’s Simpana data protection software, which introduces a host of evolutionary features revolving around de-duplication, snapshot functionality, and virtualization. Simpana was a Best of TechEd finalist last year with version 8, but it was version 9's bevy of enhancements that brought CommVault to the winner's circle this year....More
May 19, 2011
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Best of TechEd Finalist: EMC Isilon Provides Simplified Scale-Out NAS

EMC Isilon is tackling Big Data in an innovative way. Data is growing at an alarming rate, and the challenge is to find a way to easily and intelligently control and analyze that data. Enterprises need an easy-to-use, easy-to-scale, highly flexible, and immensely powerful storage solution that can be managed quickly and non-disruptively. Isilon, EMC’s recent high-profile acquisition, more than fits the bill....More
May 18, 2011
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Best of TechEd Finalist: Quest Litespeed for SQL Server 6.5 Continues a Smart Backup Evolution

Earlier, I spoke with David Gugick (director of product management) and Jason Hall (SQL Server presales) of Quest Software about their product Quest Litespeed for SQL Server, which provides intelligent, configurable database backup and recovery. No question about it—Litespeed is a top-tier product for SQL Server environments, widely used for good reason. You probably know Litespeed for its peerless object-level and table-level recovery functionality, but the product continues to evolve in exciting ways....More
May 16, 2011
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Best of TechEd Finalist: AppAssure Replay 4 Changes the Backup/Restore Game 1

Just finished interviewing Steven Toole (chief marketing officer) and Joseph Hand (senior solutions architect) of AppAssure about their Best of TechEd award finalist,AppAssure Replay 4. Promising “the world’s fastest and easiest backup and disaster recovery” capabilities on the market, AppAssure certainly offers a bevy of game-changer features....More
May 16, 2011
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Best of TechEd Finalist: Xiotech Hybrid ISE Offers Stylish Power

Just met with Keith Hageman (storage technology evangelist) and Blair Parkhill (technical marketing engineer) of Xiotech to talk about their Best of TechEd award finalist, the Hybrid ISE Storage Blade. This 3U blade combines hard disk drives and SSDs to provide more than 60,000 input/output operations per second (IOPS). The Hybrid ISE offers a stunning 14.4TB of usable capacity....More
May 5, 2011
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Free Tool of the Week: Dexpot

At work—in fact, on the system I'm typing on right now—I use two monitors. I find that the extra real estate drastically improves productivity when I'm, for example, entering text from a Microsoft Word document into a web tool or moving data from one spreadsheet to another. I just drag items from left to right. If a journalist finds that kind of capability helpful, I imagine it's exponentially so for IT administrators....More
Apr 28, 2011
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Make Sure You Can Access Your Data 10 Years From Now

Remember when Google recently had to pull Gmail account data from tape? In February, a small percentage of Gmail users had been logging on to their accounts and finding them empty. The good news was that the email was never lost—thanks to that old, faithful storage medium called tape. The truth is, the demise of tape has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, many argue that there's just no better way to store "Big Data."...More
Apr 28, 2011
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Free Tool of the Week: MailWasher

Here's a free email app that provides a simple, effective way to manage your incoming email and stop spam. Essentially letting you check and manage your email before you download it, MailWasher is non-expiring and works with Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, GMail, Hotmail, Incredimail, Thunderbird—you name it. M...More
Apr 20, 2011
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Free Tool(s) of the Week: More NetWrix! 1

I wrote about NetWrix’s Inactive Users Tracker last week, but there are quite a few free tools at NetWrix that are worth your time. Ranging from such tasks as auditing Active Directory (AD) and file servers, blocking USB devices, and managing passwords, NetWrix’s freeware tools provide essential functionality after one simple download. All NetWrix freeware is good for time-unlimited business usage at no cost. Here are 10 of the company’s best free tools....More
Apr 11, 2011
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Planning a Storage Refresh? Try This 10-Point RFP Checklist 1

Technology refreshes are accelerating as the economy grows stronger, and enterprise storage upgrades are a major component of these initiatives. Obviously, it's essential that you plan and execute such operations properly by selecting the appropriate partners, technologies, and production-proven processes in accordance with business requirements....More
Apr 7, 2011
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Free Tool of the Week: Automatically Track Inactive User Accounts

Do your corporate security policies and compliance regulations require that Active Directory (AD) user accounts be disabled after certain period of inactivity? It's good security practice, and doing so keeps AD clean and organized.When an employee leaves your organization, you need to disable that user account....More
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