Access "Why consolidate?"
This article is part of the Vol. 2 No. 6 August 2003 issue of How storage managers can survive e-mail archiving
The ultimate benefit of consolidation Consolidated storage and storage teams can provide standardized services. Deploying this utility model focuses on storage as a discrete discipline and standardizes service offerings around a few designated choices. Rather than selecting vendors and products per application, you can create standards that can apply to multiple applications. Other benefits may be illusory. Take staffing, for example: Don't expect to magically reduce your staff. Organizations looking to size their storage management teams often want to know: "What is the right amount of terabytes managed per administrator?" Not so long ago, the conventional answer was 1TB per full-time equivalent (FTE). Since then, manageability has improved tremendously and storage density has continued to grow, so many now claim 3TB or 4TB per FTE. Whatever the number, though, this metric is almost entirely arbitrary and really shouldn't be used at all. Focus instead on the tasks performed by staff. Make sure someone is looking at the needs of business users, while others ... Access >>>
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