I have been tasked with producing and maintaining some of our SAN documentation. Suggested titles are, ESS configuration...
information and ESS capacity /budget information.We have no advanced SAN management tools, which doesn't help. Are there any SAN documentation templates out there that may be of value to me or any other resources in terms of documenting a SAN?
Part 2 Click here for Part 1. Storage management pertinent questions: (cont'd)
Optional backup licenses (open file, exchange, SQL, enterprise backup, etc.)
Please list your perceived mission critical applications (applications where any downtime effects the bottom line)
What is your cost of downtime per hour per application (you may use the Gartner standard schedule)
Do you want to automate backup tasks
Any batch processes in use (describe)
Any automated maintenance processes in use (do your DBAs run DBCC or Exchange ESEUTIL -- what is the schedule)
Any scripted or batch process that effect storage (do you run file system DEFRAG on a regular basis, etc.)
Do you have any server OS hardening software in use (is there anything running on your servers that will effect driver loads/updates) Server documentation questions:
SAN connection name
Current capacity (GB)
Used capacity (GB)
Capacity per LUN
Growth rate per year
Clustered/type R/W ratio
Total change rate per day Can use NAS
Distance to production
Recovery server IP address
Worst case restore time
Backup media type/library location
Single or dual storage access
Total maintenance window
Total acceptable downtime
Hope this helps you get started.
Editor's note: Do you agree with this expert's response? If you have more to share, post it in one of our .bphAaR2qhqA^0@/searchstorage>discussion forums.
Dig Deeper on Fibre Channel (FC) SAN
Related Q&A from Christopher Poelker
RAID can allow for better storage performance and higher availability, and there are many different RAID types. Read a comparison of RAID levels, as ...continue reading
SAN expert Chris Poelker discusses how to change the size of a LUN in a Microsoft cluster server environment.continue reading
SAN expert Chris Poelker compares connecting a SAN with wavelength cabling and dark fiber and discusses the pros and cons of each.continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.