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Using provisioning tools

My problem is that I have to manage SAN environments where I've got Sun Solaris, Windows NT/2000 and IBM AIX. Is there a storage management tool that can help me manage and provision storage (disks) to these servers without actually having to manually logon to individual servers?

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Today, provisioning tools do generally require a host-based agent. So, you need to access the server storage via the host system that means you need to have access to those systems and logon. You might check with your array vendor of choice to see if they are close to solving this issue.

There is also some discussion of putting provisioning technology in the network that would allow administrators to just map their servers to a network address and provisioning would be handled at the switch level but that is still a ways away (12 months or more).

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This was first published in March 2003

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