Access "SRM gets smarter"
This article is part of the Vol. 4 No. 11 January 2006 issue of Boosting data storage array performance
SRM tools are taking on new tasks, refining their data and device reporting capabilities and becoming much more closely linked to mission-critical business applications. GONE ARE THE DAYS WHEN STORAGE RESOURCE management (SRM) products from hardware vendors managed only their devices. Storage stalwarts such as EMC Corp., Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co., IBM Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. have acquired SRM software companies and upgraded their native subsystem software to better report and manage heterogeneous storage, propelling these companies into a leadership position for SRM tools. Several factors have contributed to this trend. More storage devices can be managed through a Web interface, and maturing storage standards now allow storage vendors to manage their competitors' devices. But even though SRM tools have taken huge steps in working in a mixed storage environment, it's too early to declare total victory. Discovering and managing different host bus adapter (HBA) and storage array firmware levels, troubleshooting performance problems and mapping out SAN ... Access >>>
Premium Content for Free.
- Video will bloat e-mail systems
- Survey Says: Users thirst for capacity planning tools
- Capacity, throughput demands grow unabated
Pump up array performance
As data wends it ways from hosts, through the fabric and to the array, it encounters many potential bottlenecks. But that also means there are a number of ways to improve storage subsystem performance. The key to the tuning process is a thorough understanding of your application requirements.
Top tape libraries revealed
by Rich Castagna and Phil Goodwin
Users cite a high level of satisfaction for these backup mainstays, citing StorageTek and Spectra Logic as the top libraries, in the Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards.
- Tape security... with compromises
SRM gets smarter
Storage resource management (SRM) software is becoming more than a tool to manage storage devices or report on file system or database utilization. SRM vendors are reshaping their products to become the eyes and ears of the enterprise to obtain critical, real-time information.
- Rounding up remote offices
- Snapshot: Bare metal restore used by half of storage managers
Encryption appliances reviewed
Lost tapes have been headline news lately, making encryption products hotter than ever. We review encryption products from Kasten Chase, NeoScale Systems and Vormetric to help you choose the best product for your shop.
- Storage going green
- SRM gets smarter
Cut big backups down to size
by James Damoulakis
Disk-based backup can help companies struggling with the inefficiencies of tape, but you may experience sticker shock at the cost of moving to disk. Data-reduction technologies can trim backup data down to size, and make the price of disk a little easier to swallow.
2005 was a remarkable and productive year in storage
Storage Bin: 2005 was a remarkable and productive year in storage.
No more dodging storage security
by Jon Oltsik
You may have been dodging the issue for some time, but in 2006, storage security will finally get the attention it requires from vendors, analysts and even users.
New demands, new opportunities
New demands, new opportunities
- Cut big backups down to size by James Damoulakis
More Premium Content Accessible For Free
For the eleventh year, Storage magazine and SearchStorage editors offer their list of storage technologies likely to have an impact on data...
Scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) is the primary technology to handle big data needs in the media and entertainment (M&E) space. Using ...
Our Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com 2013 Salary Survey offers encouraging news: pay for storage pros rose again to an average of $98,082. ...