Is Microsoft Making Windows 2000 MCSE Certification Easier?
The 70-244 Exam is now available as an elective for Windows 2000 MCSE
Certification. This exam should be easier for those individuals that
are currently maintaining NT 4.0 Networks. This exam has been available
since April 17, 2001. There is a bit more about this over here:
Where Would You Like Your Data To Go Today?
How safe is your data... really? Energy mismanagement that causes
unannounced hours-long rolling blackouts will be happening this
summer for sure in California, likely in a few neighboring states,
and the Wall Street Journal also pointed to New York as a place
where this might occur. Your little UPS-es are going to conk
out in 10-20 minutes. Unless you have invested something like 20 to
30 grand in large battery backup systems that guarantee 8 hours of
power, you're going to be in trouble.
We in Sunbelt live in Florida, so we have a double backup system:
indeed 8 hours of in-house battery backup for the server room, but
also our data gets pumped out in real-time to Texas into a co-located
server at DataReturn. That server has a slightly different URL. You
can try it out: www.sunbeltsoftware.com (no dash) but the content is
replicated in real time from our source systems in Clearwater. And
of course we are using Double-Take for all this.
The developer recently announced that Double-Take is now W2K certified
as the first data replication tool for Windows 2000 Advanced Server.
If you want to get your data off site in real time, we have something
for you that will help you with that problem. Check out this page:
Dataquest: Storage Management Software Market To Triple
According to a new report from industry analyst Dataquest, the
worldwide storage management software market is going to triple
from a "paltry" $5.3 billion in 2000 to a whopping $16.7 billion in
2005. Just this year 2001, this market is projected to grown 26.4%
to $6.6 billion.
Dataquest said that despite the current soft market (meaning sales
cycles take longer), the outlook over five years remains strong. That
is because of continued growth of data storage. And sure enough, all
kinds of apps ranging from the web to data hungry warehouse deployments
all gobble up space and need a higher level of admin utilities.
In 2001, the largest segment of the pie was storage infrastructure,
with 41%. Next slice is data management with 40%. This will change
little over the next 5 years.
Dataquest analyst Carolyn DiCenzo said: "Data replication products have
been driving the growth in the storage infrastructure segment". Where
this stuff will be going is so called "virtualization software". It
is still new, but you will see vendors come out with products that
support SANs. These kinds of tools allow you to optimize your storage
resources via pooling of disk storage.