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Published: 20 Oct 2012

A single console to manage heterogeneous storage is the Holy Grail of storage management for many users, but not all vendors share this vision. It's not news that SANs have quickly grown in size, complexity and heterogeneity, and that they've become increasingly difficult to manage. A SAN serving a company with more than 10,000 employees has an average of 317 storage devices, according to IDC. Managing a large SAN from a single pane of glass--one consolidated console--would be a godsend. Although the prospect of consolidated management isn't likely to become a reality soon, the challenges of supporting heterogeneous storage include the following: A rapidly expanding, immature industry with many competing technologies The rise of iSCSI and the emergence of new storage protocols and disk technologies Various approaches for storage file systems and storage virtualization But there's reason to hope. From emerging storage management standards to the consolidation of storage management tools, the storage industry is slowly--albeit very slowly--progressing toward ... Access >>>

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