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Published: 17 Oct 2012

Inside the storage department Storage groups require four main disciplines, but within each discipline there's also a need for a range of people, from architect to operator. Staffing levels should reflect this division of labor and the size and complexity of the environment. That's why simplistic TB/admin calculations aren't helpful. Many of today's shops look awfully similar to my first storage-focused job, where SCSI-based Clariions ruled. Still, some businesses have understood the lessons of the past and are well on their way to running IT as an internal service provider. Within IT, though, even these organizations are just building independent storage management groups. Here are some lessons I've learned by helping and watching a number of businesses form storage management teams: Form a real, dedicated group--don't try to make virtual teams. Define and publicize the boundaries, roles and responsibilities of the storage team. Storage has to include backup, archiving and disaster recovery. Invest in training--this is a new world; new skills are required. ... Access >>>

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