Q

Storage assessment tools

This Content Component encountered an error
If I want to do a storage assessment what tools would I need? Are there any hidden areas that I need to watch out for?

Basically your question comes down to figuring out what you want to assess. Do you want a snapshot of the storage environment? Do you want to perform a trend analysis? Or do you want to gather as much data as possible, just to have it all? Before you do anything else, you have be clear on the question that you want answered.

Storage assessments aren't trivial tasks that simply deliver some data. Gathering the data is one thing, but interpreting the data is another. To gather the data you can use an already running SRM system or, if you do not have such a system implemented yet, have an external consultant do it for you (this includes the interpretation of the found data as well).

I am not aware of an inexpensive software program that will work in an open systems environment. And there are only few SRM systems that work in an open environment. For example, Sun Microsystems has it's StorEdge Suite (formerly HighGround SRM), IBM integrated the Trellisoft SRM into Tivoli and both of these systems can be used. However, both systems come with at least a 5 figure price tag, which is certainly validated if you intend to implement SRM in your environment.

If you just want to asses your environment and do not want to implement the whole SRM system, it might be best to get outside help.

If you look yourself for other software products that can gather the data you should take the following caveats into account:

  • Software needs a certain management framework to be installed upfront
  • Software does not support all OS you want to be included (Windows, Linux, Solaris, Aix)
  • Software does not support databases
  • Rollout of the agents require reboot of the server they are installed (killing criteria)
  • Agents can not be rolled out remotely (think about the time to install hundreds of agents manually) or only for some OSes.

    This list shows some of the "hidden areas" you should be aware of when deciding what software to use for an assessment.

    Hope that helps a bit.


  • This was first published in October 2003

    Dig deeper on Data management tools

    Pro+

    Features

    Enjoy the benefits of Pro+ membership, learn more and join.

    Have a question for an expert?

    Please add a title for your question

    Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

    You will be able to add details on the next page.

    0 comments

    Oldest 

    Forgot Password?

    No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

    Your password has been sent to:

    -ADS BY GOOGLE

    SearchSolidStateStorage

    SearchVirtualStorage

    SearchCloudStorage

    SearchDisasterRecovery

    SearchDataBackup

    Close