Storage resource management (SRM) is a proactive approach to optimizing the efficiency and speed with which available drive space is utilized in a storage area network (SAN).
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SRM software can help a storage administrator automate data backup, data recovery and SAN performance analysis. The software can also help the administrator with configuration management and performance monitoring, forecast future storage needs more accurately and understand where and how to use tiered storage, storage pools and thin provisioning.
An SRM software suite may be offered as a proprietary stand-alone product or as part of an integrated software suite. SRM can also be implemented by using a combination of vendor application programming interfaces (APIs) that provide doorways into array element management software, plus any or all of the following open management standards: Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) and Representational State Transfer (REST) Web services.