What Data Archive Vendors Won't Tell You Before the Sale

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-10-10 Print this article Print

Customers of data archive systems, along with many others within the industry--including evaluators/editors and market analysts--are often unaware of some important limitations on data archiving solutions--in particular, content-addressable storage archives.

If you're an IT manager considering a major-or even a minor-data archiving buy, there are a few things you should be sure to take into consideration. 

It turns out there are some so-called dirty little secrets that not every vendor will tell you about archiving products.

By this is meant that customers of data archive systems, along with many others within the industry-including evaluators/editors and market analysts-are often unaware of some important limitations on data archiving solutions, in particular, CAS (content-addressable storage) archives.

Vendors, naturally, are not going to volunteer much, if any, of this information. If you ask ahead of time, though, you're covered.

Bob Woolery, senior vice president of marketing at Nexsan, which makes SANs (storage area networks) and archiving packages, was our main source on this inside information.

"Where these really came out was when we started talking to customers, as they were reviewing, researching and evaluating products. We would get that look and that phrase, 'I didn't know that!'" Woolery told me. "Or, they'd say, 'Really? Tell me more about that.'"

Some of this information also comes from Nexsan customers' counterparts in the industry, Woolery said. "Other people have run into some challenges and have said, "I didn't know that,' or 'I sure would have liked to have known that before I bought the system.'"

There are five categories of "secrets": scalability, data protection, performance, data migration and energy efficiency.  Read on.

Five 'Dirty Little Secrets' to Know When Buying a Data Archive


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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