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November 2013 Vol. 12 No. 9

Array freebies are still the storage management tool of choice

We asked survey respondents about the effectiveness of the storage management tool they're using in their computing environments and the capabilities they require in a tool. Managing storage keeps getting tougher, with virtual server environments to deal with and capacity that continues to grow. But our latest survey shows storage pros still rely mostly on the software that comes with their arrays to manage their systems. Only 17% have opted for overarching storage resource management suites, but 38% use apps that address specific needs like provisioning. One of the most popular management tools ever -- the Excel spreadsheet -- is still used by 18%. Whatever tool is used, 49% need help managing capacity, followed by performance management (31%) and configuration management (25%). Sixteen percent are completely satisfied with their tools, 43% rate them “usually effective” and 41% say they help but a lot of manual work is still needed. Nearly half (49%) cite special needs related to virtual server or desktop environments, but only...

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