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Vol. 2 No. 8 October 2003

Searching for seamless consolidation

Two years ago, Barry Brazil got the chance of a lifetime: to build an entire enterprise computing infrastructure for a large organization from scratch. Steps toward a networked storage consolidation plan Work with business executives to create a complete inventory of applications and the storage service levels they require. Develop a list of comprehensive operational best practices that govern things such as how volumes are named and when and how backups occur. Make sure they're followed across the enterprise. If you don't already have a storage administration team and training program, think about forming one. Start with applications that aren't mission critical and that don't have support staff and other storage resources associated with them. That means, for example, user files and storage for new applications. Start whittling down the number of storage hardware and software vendors used across the enterprise. Brazil, a consultant, had been hired by Reliant Resources Inc., the newly deregulated energy generation and trading ...

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