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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 >>>

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