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Published: 29 Oct 2012

Data means a lot to a company like toronto-based insurers Canada Life. So much, in fact, that the IT department is in the process of combining its various storage management experts into a centralized business unit, to be called the Storage Competency Center (SCC). Consolidation's many benefits Bob Passmore, storage area research director with Gartner Research,often talks to storage administrators a lot about their work habits. In many cases, he says, storage administrators don't even have a realistic idea of how much of a burden management has become. In one survey, system administrators were asked how much of their time was spent managing storage. Most respondents estimated it consumed between 15% to 20% of their average workday. Following those same people around for a week revealed the true figure is closer to 60%. This disparity reinforces the strength of what Passmore sees as three key arguments in support of centralized data management, even though the process can potentially create a political quagmire of conflicting interests. Once those interests ... Access >>>

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