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Published: 29 Oct 2012

Storage departments are becoming increasingly commonplace. More often, IT departments have dedicated storage architects, and some have even split off storage operations from systems or networking groups. Yet most storage people feel that upper management doesn't really get what they do. That's what we heard from nearly 500 storage managers at April's "Storage Management 2003" conference. Nor do vendors get it when it comes to what corporate storage groups want and need. That's pretty evident when you compare the marketing hype to what people are actually trying to do. Even some people within the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) recognize that vendors are out of touch with users to an extent that could impact future business. This is a multifaceted problem, to be sure. Many of you who were at TechTarget's "Storage Management 2003" conference last month told me that you have little opportunity to talk face to face with other storage people. Even in your own companies, there's a relative handful of you. So, you're left without opportunities to ... Access >>>

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