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This article is part of the Vol. 5 No. 5 July 2006 issue of Lessons learned from creating and managing a scalable SAN
Looking for disk in all the wrong places To understand storage consumption, you need to follow its trail from acquisition to actual use. THE HIGH RATE of storage consumption and its associated costs continue to frustrate IT executives. The never-ending stream of approval requests for more storage invariably raises questions about where and how all of this storage is being consumed. This is typically the beginning of the quest to understand storage utilization or, more specifically, why utilization rates are so low and what can be done about it. Source: GlassHouse Technologies Analyzing utilization is a bit like reviewing the stats of a baseball game in the ninth inning--you have a slight chance of affecting the outcome of the game, but it's probably too late. Storage has already been allocated and any effort to reallocate or migrate it is likely to be rebuffed as too difficult or disruptive. Besides, while the actual utilization rate is important, it's just the tip of the iceberg. To better understand the problem of storage consumption, one must examine the ... Access >>>
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