it came to Storage, you were preoccupied with deciding
on storage architectures, protocols, media/storage devices.
And as if these weren't enough, you had to cope with
data explosion, data corruption/loss and interoperability
issues. But now when your storage setup is up and running,
you sit back in ease, but have a nagging worry at the
back of your mind. Is there something more I have to
At this juncture, I'd like to ask you: How well is your
data storage managed? Have you backed that up with a
You've probably made huge investments in storage systems
and your enterprise data is neatly stored on NAS filers
or RAID systems. But how quickly can an end user, say
a manager in accounts, access this data? He doesn't
care about the type of NAS filer you've deployed or
the type of protocols it employs to make data accessible.
That's why we chose to focus on Storage Management in
this issue. The stories talk about the challenges in
storage management and tell you how to cope. Vendors,
analysts and IT managers in end user companies offer
their views on the goal of storage management and what
a storage solution should include.
As mentioned earlier, one of the issues with storage
is interoperability. Within the industry itself, people
can't agree on standards and even before certain standards
can be ratified, new ones pop up. So how does an IT
manager deal with this? That's another issue we cover
V.K. Ramani, President-IT, UTI Bank sums it up well.
He says, "There may be many emerging technologies
that promise better features and manageability, but
it is not necessary to move to it just because it's
there. Storage is still seen as one of the less glamorous
aspects of IT management and it's difficult to generate
adequate excitement for claiming enhanced IT budgets.
However, the IT manager should be in a position to put
forward a business case in view of its importance for
data management, which essentially is the key to availability
of information that cannot be ignored by the organization."
The Tech Update section in this issue is a follow up
to our March 2002 cover story, 'The 64-bit Question:
Will Enterprises bite the bait?' Back in March we wondered
what strategies Intel had to establish itself in the
high-end enterprise server space. After all, this space
had long been dominated by those who manufactured proprietary
Intel made an entry into this segment last year with
the launch of the first generation Itanium processor,
but few companies came forward to buy Itanium systems.
By the time Intel launched Itanium 2 in July 2002, it
put together a compelling strategy to sell more Itanium
2 systems, and increase market share for high-end enterprise
Our correspondent visited Intel's Asia Pacific HQ and
grilled their product managers. After three months of
research and analysis we were very clear about Intel's
strategies. So read on to find out how Intel plans to
conquer the high-end 64-bit computing space.