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Published: 29 Oct 2012

These days, we hear a lot about software that automatically provisions storage, i.e., detects when an application--usually a database--is about to run out of space, and assigns additional space to it. Why the sudden fuss over provisioning? "Because that's where customers experience their pain today," says Mike Jones, director of product management for BMC's enterprise storage management group, that recently announced Patrol Storage Automation-Provisioning, which it developed with Invio Software. "Customers tell us that it can take three to five days to provision an Oracle table space that is getting full," says Jones. "The bigger the company, the more departments are involved and the longer it can take to get all the signatures." "Unfortunately," says Jones, "we haven't been able to automate getting a signature." But provisioning, it turns out, is just one of the storage management tasks storage vendors are hoping to automate. Other likely candidates for automation are backup or replication management. The need for backup and replication automation is ... Access >>>

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