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Published: 18 Oct 2012

At one time, SRM applications tried to be all things for all storage shops, with little success. Modern data storage environments require new tools to navigate the intricacies of virtualized environments, but the jury's still out on whether storage management vendors can meet those needs. The information storage managers want most about their data storage systems probably hasn't changed since storage arrays began appearing in the enterprise. These days, however, storage managers need even more than that if they expect to run an efficient storage operation that addresses business needs as well as storage. "The basics haven't changed: how much storage do I have, how much is still available and what is the utilization," said Bob Laliberte, senior analyst at Milford, Mass.-based Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). But Laliberte doesn't stop there. Storage managers also want to look across multiple storage tiers and arrays from different vendors. "Of course, we look at the usual metrics to make sure we have enough storage capacity," said a storage manager at a large... Access >>>

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      Data reduction technologies like data deduplication and compression have been well integrated into backup systems with impressive results. Now those benefits are available for primary storage data systems.

    • SRM tools struggle to meet today's demands

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      A single director-class switch can replace multiple smaller switches while offering growth flexibility, high availability and a bevy of advanced features.

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      Tape no longer holds the place it once did in most firms' backup environments, but most storage shops still rely on it to some degree. Our Snapshot survey finds that while the vast majority of respondents use disk in backup, nearly 40% plan to buy tape gear this year.

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      Storage managers want to use their storage systems more efficiently and vendors are finally forking over the tools to do it; but there may be a catch as vendors are faced with decreasing disk sales.

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