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Published: 17 Oct 2012

One of the major benefits commonly touted for implementing a storage network is improved utilization. With proper planning and cooperation, you can forecast storage needs for a given budget cycle and consolidate storage purchases, resulting in considerable savings. However, most managers neglect the backup environment, particularly the tape infrastructure. This leads to a flurry of panicked activity, often resulting in a hurried purchase to address the immediate need. Repeating this numerous times results in a chaotic backup infrastructure. Forecasting your tape drive needs Once you model your current tape environment and measure your actual data growth needs, you can forecast when your current environment will run out of steam. In this real example, the environment was basically already maxed out. By consolidating backup servers on a common platform, the tape infrastructure could be better used, resulting in extended life before it hit the capacity ceiling. To develop a model for capacity planning, there are two dimensions of backup capacity that need to be... Access >>>

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