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Published: 29 Oct 2012

Step by step provisioning The only thing more difficult than allocating storage in today's networked storage environments is getting storage providers to agree on exactly what storage provisioning means. The word "provisioning" is quickly joining the overhyped, fuzzily defined space carved out by the "V" word: virtualization. The complexity of provisioning storage in a storage area network (SAN) environment differs for each storage request. Sometimes the steps are quite straightforward, other times highly complex. Listed below is a high-level list of steps, starting at the storage device and going all the way up the volume level. This list of steps, provided by Gartner Inc., outlines what tasks will need to be considered at one time or another in the storage provisioning process. STORAGE DEVICE MANAGEMENT Create the RAID Create the volume from the RAID Assign the LUN to the volume Select a storage subsystem and storage controller Select and map the volume in the controller pair Set up controller failover SAN DEVICE MANAGEMENT Select the storage array port ... Access >>>

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