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Published: 20 Oct 2012

AT LAST MONTH'S Storage Networking World conference in San Diego, a storage vendor told me an interesting story. It seems that one of this vendor's customers--a large and very recognizable outfit--was apparently a tad overzealous in its pursuit of a tiered storage environment and ended up with eight tiers of storage. Now, I'm sure some storage guru in that company burned the midnight oil developing a sound justification for creating so many tiers--just the level of detail required to even think about such a complex storage environment is mind-boggling. Defining that many levels of storage and the associated data classifications is no mean trick. To then match them to storage costs and acceptable levels of risk starts to push the storage planning envelope. Whoever put that plan together deserves a tip of the hat. And condolences, too, it seems. Because along with all those tiers of storage came the nightmarish task of actually making it work. And it didn't. Each new tier of storage means there's a potentially new set of tools to learn to manage that storage. ... Access >>>

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