How do I simplify my storage management processes?
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The first step in simplifying a storage management process is to document the current storage management process in detail. I strongly suggest utilizing a process flow tracking tool such as Microsoft Project and/or Visio to put down the details of the processes, including the three P's:
Once the process is documented, the team can begin to understand where process improvements can be made. An example of this occurred when a large enterprise shop looked at their archival process. They took a month to document their process and realized through the process that their rotation schedule was not optimal for their environment. They adjusted their rotation schedule and were able to reduce the time it took to back up their environment. They also saved 30% of their tape media budget as a result. In addition the company saved the time of managing the process, including parsing logs for failed jobs and restarting those jobs, which resulted in better data protection for the entire enterprise.
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