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Vol. 3 No. 2 April 2004

Get control of capacity

Despite years of constrained budgets and limited buying, most organizations believe they can mine more value out of their existing storage assets. Disparate storage area network (SAN) islands and multiple servers--combined with limited reporting capabilities--reinforce this belief. The IT management mandate is clear: Before adding more capacity, get more mileage out of what's already on the floor. A storage resource management (SRM) tool can identify the capacity you have, control how it's being used and forecast how much more storage you will require. Any SRM tool will collect data on things such as file aging, disk and network performance as well as customer requirements such as application performance expectations. Correlating that information helps determine what pain points to address first. Most organizations will find that their storage infrastructures aren't optimized and that their resources aren't shared. Keep in mind, however, that all enterprise SRM tools are still developing. Most work best at the departmental level...

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Features in this issue

  • IP storage delivers

    by  Johanna Ambrosio

    Despite all the FUD surrounding IP SANs, early users say IP-based storage isn't all that difficult to manage and that performance is sufficient. The key is knowing what applications IP SANs should be used for.

  • Disaster recovery relief

    The cost of disaster recovery tools can be even more than the value of the data that these very tools are supposed to be protecting. Fortunately, newer approaches to DR are restoring sanity to this high-pressure task.

  • Wrestling with regulations

    by  Bill O'Brien

    In the health care industry, complicated regulations such as HIPAA, combined with new technologies that require enormous amounts of storage, are driving storage managers to the emergency room.

  • Extreme backup

    by  Arun Taneja

    Newsflash: Conventional data protection has reached its limits and will be dramatically changing in the next couple of years. But all roads don't lead to the same result. Here's how to analyze which route is best for you.

  • Get control of capacity

    Although storage resource management tools can be complicated to implement, they're a better alternative to breaking the bank and rushing out to purchase more storage. Get precise with your vendors on what you need and you'll wind up with better results.

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