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March 2013 Vol. 12 No. 1

Prevent data storage anarchy with centralized storage management

Without centralized storage management and administration, data storage can devolve into an exercise in anarchy. Jon Toigo provides his thoughts on the subject. There's an old joke about the parts of the human body arguing over who should be the boss. Ultimately, the brain argues that it should be the boss, since it gives purpose and direction to all the other parts. The other body parts agree, except for one that, for the sake of propriety, I will refrain from naming. This body part makes the case that, if it ceases operation, the system will suffer and the rest of the body, including the brain, will become feverish. The punch line is that you don't need brains to be the boss, you just need to be that body part -- a sort of condemnation of bosses everywhere. In the realm of storage, we haven't yet reached that level of agreement in determining which component should provide the smarts of the overall infrastructure. And everyone seems to want to be the boss. In early mainframe shops, systems-managed storage (SMS) established the...

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