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Jerome M. Wendt Published: 19 Oct 2012

This article first appeared in "Storage" magazine in their December issue. For more articles of this type, please visit www.storagemagazine.com. What you will learn from this tip: Which features to look for when selecting an SRM tool -- and which vendors offer what you need. Shopping for a storage resource management (SRM) product is much like going through a buffet line: The choices are plentiful and it's easy to overindulge. Today's SRM tools offer a full menu of features, but before you dig in you need to know which are must-haves and which look tasty but provide little sustenance for basic storage reporting and provisioning needs. SRM tools tell users how much storage they have, where it is and who's using it. They also manage an increasing number of storage devices and integrate with existing database, e-mail and backup software for detailed storage reporting. At a minimum, an SRM product should include the following core features: Alerts and reporting Capacity management Central management console Chargeback Content management Device discovery ... Access >>>

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