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This article is part of the Vol. 3 No. 6 August 2004 issue of Adding low-cost tiers to conserve storage costs
Steve Duplessie once called Richard Scannell, GlassHouse Technologies founder, "the smartest man in storage." Now, Richard is smart, but I don't think that's what Steve meant. Rather, he was trying to explain why people want to hear what he has to say. You see, Richard has experience, so he can spot best practices. And anyone who bases their decisions on best practices is going to be the smartest person around. So what's a best practice anyway? And how can you become the smartest, too? Let's start at the top. More than just a good idea A best practice is a slippery thing. I've heard people joke that they can make a practice into a best practice just by adding one word. But of course, not every good idea is a best practice. And one person's optimum solution is another's optimized mess! A best practice for one environment might not work for another. Despite this, it's clear to me that there are special ideas that can be called best practices. I've found that the following three questions can distinguish a true best practice from a mere good idea: Is it prudent... Access >>>
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