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Instrumenting your storage infrastructure
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 11 Num. 1 March 2012
You might think you have good insight into your infrastructure, but for next-generation data centers, it probably isn’t good enough. If you’re responsible for business-wide IT infrastructure strategy, you’re facing a unique array of innovative, appealing and business-changing technology choices. I can’t recall ever having witnessed a similar number of big picture choices to rival the selection we’re currently seeing from virtualization, automation, the cloud and more. Moreover, nearly everything is better integrated and easier to use. But one element – visibility -- remains an unusual sticking point. Visibility is the ability to peer into what’s going on in the infrastructure so you can monitor, troubleshoot and prevent problems. It’s been a plague on enterprise IT computing for years, and it may be the single dimension that divides IT disciplines from other engineering disciplines where more rigor can be, and usually is, routinely exercised. But we don’t just need to improve visibility. We need to go beyond the kind of ...
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Features in this issue
Virtualizing network resources can help reduce the contention for services and significantly improve performance.
If it hasn't done so already, NetApp is shaking off that "only NAS" label with yet another big win in the Quality Awards for Enterprise Arrays.
Fifty-six percent of our readers have virtualized at least some of their installed storage. Those who have cite easier management of storage systems and data as a key benefit.
The benefits of solid-state state storage are clear; it’s fast, cool and sips power. But the technology is also changing the fundamental ways we use data center storage.
Columns in this issue
If you’ve been struggling with protecting data at your company’s remote locations, look out, it’s only going to get worse.
Don’t let yourself be dazzled by bright lights and other storage bling -- the hardware might be cool to look at, but it’s the software that’s going to make a difference.
IT departments can endorse a single offering that best balances collaboration and file sharing needs with their security and control requirements.
You might think you have good insight into your infrastructure, but for next-generation data centers, it probably isn’t good enough.