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Admins reveal 2007 priorities

Administrators reveal their 2007 IT priorities in reader survey.

Disaster recovery will be one of the top IT priorities for Windows administrators in 2007.

That's the message admins who have taken's reader survey are telling us.

When asked what their biggest concern was about their Windows storage environment, 35 percent of the respondents to the survey said it was disaster and data recovery, while 24 percent said it was backing up their company's data. These concerns far outweighed the other choices, such as managing my existing storage (11 percent), moving from DAS to networked storage (8 percent), expanding my department's or company's storage capacity (7 percent) and storage consolidation (6.3 percent). members' focus on disaster recovery was bolstered in a subsequent survey question that asked respondents for the major initiatives their IT department would be focused on in the next 12 months. Again, disaster recovery led the way, with 48 percent of the respondents choosing that. This was followed by server consolidation (47 percent) and implementing new business applications (45 percent).

About the author: Peter Bochner is site editor of

Dig Deeper on Windows Server storage management

WinStorage: an ezine for Windows storage administrators WinStorage, an ezine from the editors of, helps Windows administrators address storage-related challenges unique to Windows server environments and infrastructures. The Feb. 2007 issue features Not Your Father's DFS, an article on Distributed File System (DFS) in which Microsoft MVP Laura E. Hunter discusses how the improvements to DFS in R2, particularly in the areas of replication and file availability, can help DFS meet a company's increasing needs for storage. Another story in the issue asks if there's a downside to the dropping price of storage. A third story discusses storage management tasks that may be a waste of time.

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