Last updated January 31. 2014 ---- This is a list of The Clipper Group's tutorials published on the web since 1/1/2000.

The Clipper Group, Inc.

Technology Acquisition Consultants and Publisher Since 1993

Navigating Information Technology HorizonsSM

The Clipper Group's Research and Publications

We publish many newsletters, but only when we have something important to say to our clients and prospects.  More than 800 reports are on this web site.

The Clipper Group NavigatorTM, first published in 1993, describes new technologies and innovative products and the business values that they bring to the enterprise. It is targeted at business readers, in general, and decision makers in the information technology community, in particular.

The Clipper Group ExplorerTM, first published in 1996, is a tutorial on a complex information technology issue from a business value perspective. The targeted readers are senior executives who are not necessarily IT experts.  It has been replaced by Clipper NotesTM, below.

The Clipper Group ObserverTM, first published in 1996, focuses on users' experiences with leading-edge technology. The goal is to present mini case studies that describe what works, and to clarify the important business values.
The Clipper Group Captain's LogTM, created in 2001, is a quick take on a vendor or product announcement, or other relevant happening. These are short opinion pieces.
The Clipper Group VoyagerTM, begun in 2005, focuses on mid-sized and smaller organizations. The goal is to have a special bulletin for those orgainzations with smaller IT operations and budgets than found in the largest enterprises.
Clipper NotesTM, begun in 2007, is our new bulletin for tutorials.  Here you will get vendor-agnostic explanations and advice targeted at the IT buyer.  Our goal is to keep these up-to-date.

The Clipper Group CalulatorTM, begun in 2013, is our new bulletin for Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) studies.  Here you will get vendor-agnostic TCO data, explanations and advice targeted at the IT buyer.

Why do we freely distribute our newsletters, when other market research firms charge hefty fees for their bulletins and reports?


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Clipper's Tutorials

The publications below are listed in reverse chronological order. All are copyrighted by The Clipper Group, Inc.  See note following table regarding bulletins no longer listed here.

Disk Storage and Management

Clipper NotesTM

Bringing "the Power" Closer to Home - Implications for Future Storage Architectures (November 8, 2012)

Clipper NotesTM

Understanding the Dimensions of Cloud Infrastructure in Order to Harvest the Benefits (April 22, 2009)

Clipper NotesTM

A New Tier of Storage Appears - Faster, Solid-State Drives State Their Case (February 10, 2009)

Clipper NotesTM

Trimming the Branches - Storage Consolidation at the Edge (Updated November 13, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Top 10 Buying Considerations for Storage Virtualization Solution (Updated November 13, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Multiplexing the Data Center with SOA and Grid (April 25, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Data Copying - A Toolbox of Business Solutions (March 10, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

The Accounting Pendulum Swings at Storage (or, Why The Taxman Cometh?) (March 10, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

iSCSI SANs: Panacea or Placebo? (March 5, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Breaking the I/O Paradigm - SAS Enters the Nearline Storage Race (March 1, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Tiered Storage Saves Money - Getting The Most Out Of Your Storage Infrastructure (March 1, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Networked Storage - Evaluation Criteria (March 1, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Mid-Tier Array Replication - Large Array Features at Mid-Tier Pricing (February 1, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Business Continuity Goes Better With SANs - The 3 Rs of Resilience (March 10, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Volume Copies - Logical or Physical? Twelve Questions to Guide You (January 16, 2007)

ExplorerTM

When Buying Storage, Application and Host Integration Matter (May 30, 2006)

ExplorerTM

Faster SANs Arrive for the Data Center - 4Gbps Fibre Channel Rolls Out (May 24, 2005)

ExplorerTM Network QoS Paves the Way for SAN Consolidation (March 24, 2004)
ExplorerTM Transforming Enterprise Storage - A Proactive Approach Pays High Dividends (February 26, 2004)
ExplorerTM  Disk-Based Replication Enhances Resiliency for Microsoft Exchange (November 27, 2003)
 ExplorerTM  Intelligent Storage Networking - Poised for Broad Adoption (October 16, 2003)
 ExplorerTM  Networked Storage - A Buyer's Guide to Pain Relief (April 25, 2003)
ExplorerTM  Storage Is Not Just a Box Anymore - Managing the Data Path (April 7, 2003)
ExplorerTM  Consolidated File Systems - Relieving the Pains of Scale in Data Storage (January 30, 2003)
ExplorerTM  Storage Resource Management - Conducting a Symphony of Storage (June 30, 2002)
 ExplorerTM  Intelligent Storage Networks - Creating A More Cost-Effective Storage Infrastructure (February 22, 2002)
ExplorerTM  FICON - The Clearest Decision for 2002 (January 7, 2002)
 ExplorerTM  Fibre Channel - The Defending Champion Has Staying Power (December 14, 2001)
ExplorerTM  Storage Virtualization in 2001: A Space Odyssey (April 9, 2001)
ExplorerTM  SAN versus NAS - The Holy War Not Worth Fighting (September 27, 2000)

Tape Storage and Management

CalculatorTM

Revisiting the Search for Long-Term Storage - A TCO Analysis of Tape and Disk (May 13, 2013)

Clipper NotesTM

In Search of the Long-Term Archiving Solution - Tape Delivers Significant TCO Advantage over Disk (December 23, 2010)

Clipper NotesTM

Disk and Tape Square Off Again - Tape Remains King of the Hill with LTO-4 (Updated October 21, 2008)

Clipper NotesTM

Making Use of Virtual Tape in a D2D2T Environment (May 28, 2008)

Clipper NotesTM

LTO-4 Pounces into the Data Center with New Life, Greater Capacity, Higher Performance (July 12, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

The Evolving Role of Tape in the Data Center (February 1, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

The Truth about Tape - Nine Myths to Reconsider (February 21, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Tape and Disk Costs - What It Really Costs to Power the Equipment (February 1, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Virtual Tape Libraries - Current and Emerging Innovations - Seventeen Questions to Guide You (January 20, 2007)

ExplorerTM Tape Drive Selection - A How-To Guide (May 7, 2004)

Servers and Server Management

Clipper NotesTM

Reducing TCO of the Enterprise Data Center - Upgrading and Replacing Aging x86 Infrastructure (August 7, 2009)

Clipper NotesTM

Migrate from a Proprietary Server Architecture? - Open Systems Provide Way to Exit Money Pit (May 27, 2009)

Clipper NotesTM

Perceiving the Dark Side of the Moon - Knowing When Scale-up Computing Makes Sense (September 23, 2008)

Clipper NotesTM

All Nodes Are Not Created Equal - Thinking Differently About the Grid Nodes (Updated May 17, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Computational Grids - Server Consolidation For A Distributed, On-Demand World (Updated May 16, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Virtual Machines - Three Things to Consider + Three Ways to Use  (Part 2 of a Multi-Part Series on Server Virtualization) (February 28, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Server Virtualization Made Real  (Part 1 of a Multi-Part Series on Server Virtualization) (February 27, 2007)

Security

Clipper NotesTM

The Challenge of Enterprise Security (April 5, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Storage Security - Where Are Your Vulnerabilities? (March 10, 2007)

Data Center Management

Clipper NotesTM

Moving to a Private Cloud? Infrastructure Really Matters! (January 25, 2012)

Clipper NotesTM

Disasters Remind Us Why We Need a High-Availability Data Center - How Prepared are You? (September 30, 2011)

Clipper NotesTM

Is Your I.T. Infrastructure Ready for Tomorrow? - Preparing for a 10 GbE Future (May 29, 2009)

Clipper NotesTM

Feeling Overwhelmed in the Data Center? - Understanding Why Will Help You Navigate (March 26, 2009)

Clipper NotesTM

Smart Infrastructure Represents Significant Turning Point for Data Centers (March 11, 2009)

Clipper NotesTM

The New Rules of IT Service Management (January 16, 2009)

Clipper NotesTM

Capping Energy Demand in the Data Center - "It's Not Easy Being Green!" (November 24, 2008)

Clipper NotesTM

Greening the Data Center Requires Refocusing from "Bigger-Better-Sooner" to "Wise Use" (September 25, 2008)

Clipper NotesTM

Watts Up? How Much Electricity Does It Take to Backup Your Data? (May 11, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Managing IT Procurement - Partnership is Better than Transaction (Updated April 22, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Reducing Cost and Improving Performance - Consolidating the Smaller Data Center (March 31, 2007)

ExplorerTM Stepwise to Utility Computing -- A Pragmatist's Approach (June 20, 2004)

VoyagerTM

Satisfying Mid-Sized Business Demands for Consumable Solutions (November 18, 2005)

ExplorerTM Services - A Vital Tool for Accelerating Enterprise Responsiveness (February 4, 2004)
 ExplorerTM  Enterprise Change Requires Rethinking About How to Get IT (September 12, 2003)
 ExplorerTM  Shining the Light on Utility Computing - A Business Perspective (October 31, 2003)
 ExplorerTM  In Search of - Utility Computing (June 2, 2003)
 ExplorerTM  Keep the Fires of Innovation Burning (December 5, 2002)

Data Management, Continuity, and Integrity

Clipper NotesTM

Regaining Control Over Hoards of Enterprise Data - Why You Need an Archive (February 29, 2012)

Clipper NotesTM

The Long-Term Challenges of Digital Archives - What You Really Need to Know (June 6, 2008)

Clipper NotesTM

How to Derive Value Effectively from All Your Business Information (Updated May 5, 2008)

Clipper NotesTM

Reference Data Concepts - What IT Folks Should Learn from Libraries and Archives ( Updated September 14, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

You Should Be Excited about E-mail Archiving ( Updated August 21, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

ILM Stage 2 - Full Spectrum Information Lifecycle Management (Updated August 8, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Evaluating Email Archiving Solutions (March 31, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Continuous Data Protection - Now Ready for Prime Time (March 31, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Recovery in Perspective - Ensuring Access to Enterprise Data (Updated March 31, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Top 10 Things You Should Know About Information Lifecycle Management (March 10, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Practical Steps Toward Information Lifecycle Management (Updated April 24, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Archiving - Choosing the Right Architecture (Second of a two-part series) (Updated March 31, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Archiving - Do You Need It? (First of a two-part series) (February 1, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

Data Backup May Not Be Enough - The Key Is Recovery Management (February 1, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

The Evolution of Backups - Part Two - Improving Capacity (February 1, 2007)

Clipper NotesTM

The Evolution of Backups - Part One - Improving Performance (February 1, 2007)

VoyagerTM

Find Relief on the Treadmill of Information Storage - Solutions for SMEs (May 9, 2006)

ExplorerTM

The Role of Enterprise Data Classification (November 18, 2005)

ExplorerTM

Keeping Up with the Data - Solution Strategies for Information Storage (March 9, 2005)

VoyagerTM

Using Storage Solutions to Foster Opportunity in Mid-Scale IT Operations (March 6, 2005)

ExplorerTM

The End of the Information Lifecycle - Proper Destruction Protects the Enterprise (September 27, 2004)

ExplorerTM

Building a Fixed Data Repository, Not an Enterprise Junk Drawer (July 8, 2004)

Enterprise Applications

Clipper NotesTM

The Role of Governance and Service-Oriented Architectures (Updated Septmeber 23, 2008)

ExplorerTM

Enterprise Search Adds a User Dimension to Business Information Organization (July 28, 2005)

Editor's Note

In February 2007, certain ExplorerTM and VoyagerTM tutorials were republished as Clipper NotesTM, Clipper's new tutorial library.  Clipper NotesTM will be republished with a new publication number when they are updated, as needed.  The older versions are still on our servers, to maintain cross-reference accuracy in bulletin footnotes.  If you need help, please contact the Editor.


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