Premium Content

Access "Not-so-open systems make managing data storage tough"

Published: 03 Apr 2013

With few standards and storage array vendors not inclined to give up their proprietary ways, managing data storage has become much tougher than it should be. Last month I talked about the present situation in storage infrastructure management using a term derived from ancient Greek: anarchy. Anarchy is a convenient catchall for the challenges that have existed since firms began abandoning mainframe computing, with its centralized approach to managing storage and data assets, for a more decentralized model. While unseating IBM as the reigning IT monarch may have sounded like a revolutionary idea, the rhetoric of the "open systems" movement never really panned out. Those who bought into the idealistic Rousseau-ian world view (hierarchical order corrupts) forgot to read their French history and Hugo and Dickens novels. Revolutions tend to eat their own and generally produce a lot of unintended consequences. Following the open systems revolution, things quickly got pretty oligarchic, or downright anarchical, as IBM rivals swarmed into the void left by a ... Access >>>

Access TechTarget
Premium Content for Free.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

What's Inside


More Premium Content Accessible For Free

  • Backing up virtual machines is easier than ever

    One of the toughest things about supporting virtual servers was ensuring their data was protected. When traditional backup tools struggled with ...

  • The state of flash storage technology

    In a relatively short time, solid-state storage has made an indelible mark on storage systems and data center environments. Today, few arrays ship...

  • Big data storage challenges: Speed, capacity and HDFS integration

    Big data infrastructure and analytics are some of the hottest technology topics today, and it can sometimes seem impossible to dissect and digest all...