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Published: 16 Oct 2012

This month we look at consolidation, which is right at the top of many storage managers' to-do lists. Like a lot of seemingly no-brainers, consolidation is often harder than it looks, as you'll find out by reading the story. Slogging through all of those obstacles is a necessary step. But a step toward what? Where are you ultimately headed and how is what you're doing now helping you get there? What's the end-game for consolidation? The wall-of-drives storage utility? Low-risk functional islands? OK, but built along application lines, operating system lines, crooked lines? I'm not suggesting that you go on a retreat and meditate until a vision of a perfect storage world appears before you. Go forth and consolidate, if imperfectly. There's no way to gauge perfection until you experience imperfection, which is certainly easy enough to do these days. But don't you find it troubling how easy it is to simply re-create the stove pipes of the pre-networked storage world even as you jump full force into storage networking? Got too many Unix servers with ... Access >>>

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