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Vol. 2 No. 6 August 2003

Why consolidate?

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...

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Features in this issue

  • Early Adopters Unequivocally Up About iSCSI Arrays

    After years of listening to iSCSI hype, some IT professionals are embracing a new generation of IP-based storage subsystems, a group that includes the PeerStorage Array 100E, an iSCSI array from Nashua, NH-based EqualLogic.

  • EMC Expands Reach of Symmetrix DMX

    The incredible expanding Symmetrix DMX

  • SRM Vendors Set Sights on Secondary Storage

    Storage resource management (SRM) has become a standard offering for primary storage from all of the major SAN management vendors. Now, a number of startups and established backup software makers have taken the features of SRM and aimed them at secondary storage.

  • File Virtualization Tackles NAS Management Woes

    Now that NAS farms have grown to multiterabyte proportions, management migraines usually associated with SANs have arisen, and virtualization--round two--has begun.

  • Can tools streamline provisioning?

    Virtualization was last year's buzz word, and it looks like provisioning may be this year's. We dissect what these tools actually do and how to choose which ones that are likely to actually be useful in your environment.

  • The best way to scale SANs

    by  Stephen Foskett

    SAN configurations greatly influence their scalability. There's no perfect model, but here are the trade-offs involved with each major option.

  • Why consolidate?

    Organizations trying to consolidate storage often find themselves creating SAN islands that perpetuate traditional stovepipes. Does this solve the problem?

  • E-mail: It's worse than you think

    by  Eric Knorr

    According to a 2003 study by Meta Group, 80% of businesspeople say e-mail is more essential than the telephone. However, storage managers are struggling to keep pace with the growth in message volume and retention requirements. however.

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