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SRM tools struggle to meet today's demands
This article is part of the Vol. 9 Num. 2 April 2010 issue of Storage magazine
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," ...
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