Legislation on data retention adds to the storage management burden; nonetheless, strict adherence to the law can have its benefits. Drew Robb covers the current spectrum of regulations impacting storage professionals as well as the challenges and opportunities these laws present.
Storage consolidation and server consolidation sound great in theory. Reduce the number of servers, cut down on management complexity, and improve return on investment. But does this work out in reality?
Today's data centers are a major expense and require a great deal of nursing to run. Tomorrow, with a little help from commodity hardware, Linux, and open standards, these issues should become relics of the past.
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