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Published: 19 Oct 2012

The process of changing storage platforms is known as a forklift upgrade because everything associated with the old storage platform has to be physically moved to the new platform. Data, connections and authorizations must travel to the new environment; servers, applications and databases also need to be redirected to the new storage devices. The procedure takes a great deal of time and Murphy's Law usually rears its ugly head: Whatever could possibly go wrong more often than not does. The prospect of a forklift upgrade--switching from one vendor to another--discourages companies from changing storage platforms. Many storage administrators would rather push their existing storage to the max, even past the point where it becomes obvious that a change is needed, just to avoid changing vendors. Sometimes, there's no choice. "We had gotten to the point where we simply outgrew our small EMC storage area network. We couldn't expand it any further," says Mark Rivard, network systems specialist at Johnson Health Network, which is located at Johnson Memorial Hospital... Access >>>

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