Michael McNamara

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Michael McNamara (pictured) writes: The growth of business data continues to explode along with the need to store it. Workers generate more and more e-mail messages and file attachments, users demand instant access to data like never before, IT managers install more storage-hungry applications, and aging paper-based data continues to be converted into digital form. Information growth is so intense, in fact, that spending on data storage is expected to outstrip server spending. However, with IT managers facing flat or shrinking budgets, the pressing challenge for them is to do more with less - to squeeze the most data storage out of every IT dollar. To achieve this objective, they must start by assessing all data storage costs - those tied to initial equipment acquisition, as well as those for resource management, capacity use, and most importantly, system downtime.... (more)