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Ford's storage ledger balances capacity decisions
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 8 Num. 9 January 2010
Data storage shops often struggle with anticipating new capacity requirements and ensuring that business needs can be met. Ford Motor Company took a unique approach to the problem and made capacity planning as simple as balancing your checkbook. By Thomas Woods A funny thing happened to the Ford Motor Company enterprise storage team: Storage Sunday maintenance post-mortem review meetings became boring. The meetings were no longer spiced up with horror stories about outages caused by maintenance action failures. Thanks to the enterprise virtual storage program, many high-risk and high-impact maintenance actions had been mitigated by the ability to transparently, and without server interruption, move critical virtual logical unit numbers (LUNs) from physical storage arrays before scheduled maintenance took place. Aside from the woeful exploits of the Detroit Lions, Sundays would have been perfect. For those attending the weekly enterprise data storage infrastructure capacity forecasting meetings, the stress-reducing benefits of ...
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