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Published: 19 Oct 2012

You know the drill: The server team upgrades to a new operating system version and, in doing so, introduces connectivity problems into your storage environment. You discover the only way to fix the problem is to upgrade the firmware. You dig a little deeper only to realize the upgrade has dependencies that will affect your entire environment, launching you into a firmware- and driver-upgrade frenzy filled with lots of planning, lost weekends and late nights. Many storage administrators don't manage drivers or firmware until something happens, such as an upgrade or new hardware implementation. Of course, the amount of firmware you need to manage is in direct proportion to the complexity of your environment and the systems you've implemented. Some vendors don't stipulate firmware and driver versions as long as the other systems in the environment support installed versions. Other vendors have charts, matrixes, spreadsheets and executables for every proprietary product in the environment, all of which seem to overlap and have cross dependencies, making a ... Access >>>

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