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Vol. 1 No. 12 February 2003

Hot Spots: Storage services groups

Storage services groups have two main goals: to offer great storage services to business units and end users, and to cut IT costs. Although achieving these goals should be a primary focus, the storage group doesn't work in a vacuum. Storage service plans need to be well coordinated with overall IT strategy, direction and initiatives. This is exactly where things get dicey. Years of hype, technology churn and marginal ROI are driving major changes in IT departments. Outside influences like regulatory compliance and security threats will receive more and more IT attention. And budget dollars, which once ran like water, will continue to be tight for a long time. Before proceeding with any independent plans, storage service managers need to prepare for these impending changes. Three of the most important trends to get ready for are IT governance, security strategy and the budget crunch. Restoring sanity in IT governance Let's face it, the period of time from 1995 through 2000 amounted to a five-year fire drill. Those days are gone ...

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Features in this issue

  • Midrange Arrays Inherit High-End Smarts

    Virtualization layers, once a feature of only the most expensive storage subsystems, are beginning to ship with midrange storage systems.

  • Optimize database storage

    by  Jim Booth

    In this article, author and consultant Jim Booth maintains that different database objects may each require their own type of storage to make the database operations run more smoothly. Whether you're dealing with tablespaces, indexes, redo logs or archives -- there's a right and wrong storage choice for each database component. This article explains what they are.

  • Inside the new Symmetrix

    by  Michael Desmond

    Inside the new Symmetrix

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