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Drive for results

Despite some drops in demand, the HDD enterprise market remains buoyant, says Nick Powling of drive distributor Hammer

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Be prepared

Actifio CEO Ash Ashutosh suggests six key questions that any business needs to ask about its Disaster Recovery readiness

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Risky move

Planned data migrations and operating system upgrades pose their own distinct set of data loss threats, according to a new survey

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Raising the bar for NAND buyers

New Micron offerings reduce TCO and latency

NetApp counts on 3-4-5 program

Helping to 'make the all-flash data centre a reality'

Flash becomes 'part of the blend'

Nearly 90% of organisations using Flash in the data centre

SUSE launches Enterprise Storage 3

'Helping customers adapt to changing data demands'

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Winning formula

The Mercedes F1 Team is using Pure Storage solutions to reinforce its data management processes in order to improve car performance and lap time

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The bee's knees

Agri-food specialists Fera Science Ltd was struggling to control Petabytes of data in its data centre, but has now achieved unified management; High Availability; reduced hardware TCO and vendor independence

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Storage Awards 2016

Our thirteenth awards ceremony in June was a resounding success yet again, reflecting the ongoing recognition of the value of the awards right across the industry. Click here to see the full list of winners


Welcome to our June 2016 e-newsletter.

An article in this issue of the Storage magazine e-newsletter addresses a topic we’ve covered countless times in the past (and will doubtless cover again in future) – the need for a comprehensive backup strategy, especially when upgrading operating systems or migrating data. Research from Kroll Ontrack shows some horrific – but perhaps unsurprising – statistics: almost a third of organisations polled admitted to having lost data during an upgrade or migration operation. Worse still, more than one in five were not able to recover ANY of the lost data. The potential impact of such a loss – especially in regulated industries or for a small business – could be catastrophic.

As Robin England of Kroll comments in the article: “Upgrades and data migration are part of the day-to-day IT workload, so it is alarming to see that so many organisations are experiencing data loss because their backups fail for whatever reason. Organisations need to ensure that they have a rigorous backup strategy in place. While they should check their capability to restore frequently, it’s especially important before a migration.” It bears repeating: a significant number of businesses are reporting data loss, even when they have a backup policy in place. If you are planning an upgrade or migration exercise, make sure you build in testing – before the event – of not just the backup but also the restore process.

David Tyler, Editor david.tyler@btc.co.uk

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