Stories by Graham Penn

Interest in iSCSI growing steadily

Storage over IP is an intriguing concept, one with many proponents and many views as to likely costs and how it should best be implemented.

Storage budgets rise with IT budgets

Stress on an organisation’s storage resource can come from the growth of data associated with existing applications, new data types that are being introduced or from a new application deployment that is being planned.

Storage in the extreme — storage architectures for global giants

How you build and maintain your information repository is becoming increasingly important, especially if you operate on a global scale with operations in many countries and all time zones. What distinguishes organisations from one another is the information they have and how they use it. In the old business model, consolidating and managing data in a central data centre was extremely critical.

Is storage management worth the money?

Most IT managers now recognise that the cost of managing your storage environment will far exceed any costs involved in the acquisition of the storage hardware. The general ratio of management costs to hardware costs varies widely depending upon the user's environment, the number of different server OSes and the number of internal and external users. Typically it falls within a range of 2:1 to 8:1, although the evidence supporting those figures appears to be mostly anecdotal as the rapid change in the storage environment hinders accurate assessment.

Adoption rates of SAN and NAS in Australia

Storage architectures are starting to shift from a direct-attached model to one in which the storage devices are connected to an organisation's servers via a network. Moving from a direct-attached storage solution to a network-attached storage solution can be a daunting task for an IS manager.

StorageVision: Organisations look for storage solutions

Technology's ongoing advances produce severe headaches for organisations, particularly those organisations that are forced to operate on a virtual shoestring, yet try to keep their operations up to date. Although a single piece of new hardware or software can have an impact on the organisation, frustration rises to the surface when a significant transition or complex new project is under way.

IDC Looks Ahead Through 2000

As IDC examines the IT landscape at the beginning of each year it becomes apparent that the big themes for the new year emerge from events which occurred during the preceding twelve months

Under Analysis: Back in the fold

Storage -- long the afterthought of the server hardware purchase -- has come in from the cold. Indeed, it is rapidly moving to centre stage

Under Analysis: Catching the vision

If only more senior management would perceive IT as a vital investment tool, then the annual witch-hunts of IT budgets could finally be a thing of the past

Under Analysis: Keeping up!

IT training is an ongoing process, it will never finish. In fact it's essential if the growth of employment within Australia's IT industry intends to continue

Under Analysis: The tide is coming in

The E-Commerce tide is starting to come in. Indeed some organisations have already noted a significant change in the way they reach out to their customers or to their suppliers

Under Analysis: Beyond Y2K

When the job is done, when the code has been carefully modified when the cross checking is finally complete and the IT manager is sure there will be no adverse repercussions . . . What then?

Under analysis: The lucky country!

Australia is more than able to take advantage of the information revolution today than it was ever in position to exploit the industrial revolution

Under Analysis: Measuring IT success!

While IT professionals address the day-to-day operating problems and issues such as Y2K compliance, the real challenge then emerges: how to sustain the competitive edge

One size fits all?

Questioning the relevance of downsizing is as important to IS executives as it is to the organisation's CEO.