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Vol. 5 No. 6 August 2006

Snapshot: Do you use capacity-planning tools?

STRATEGIZING STORAGE to meet future demand is an ongoing dilemma, but only 30% of Storage readers are using capacity-planning tools to analyze their usage and anticipate needs. Apparently, available software isn't doing the trick, at least not entirely: Many readers are patching together a combination of software and spreadsheets to address the problem. "Even though I want tools bundled with my storage system, I can expect that it won't have the history depth that I need, or the right metrics for a comprehensive report," writes one reader. Nor do most capacity-planning tools provide adequate support for heterogeneous environments. "Tools to integrate capacity info and consumption trends for heterogeneous hardware types into a single image are lacking or woefully inadequate," writes another reader. Meanwhile, purchasing a capacity-planning solution seems easier said than done. The majority of readers say they couldn't get budget approval or that other IT projects had a higher priority. Even when there's budget approval, 33% of ...

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