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Published: 17 Oct 2012

How to proceed with ILM Implement a storage reporting tool. Organizations with any type of external storage device should be looking to get a storage resource management (SRM) tool deployed that offers storage reporting capabilities. While these tools primarily give users a view into their environment, they may discover enough unallocated and underutilized storage that the SRM costs are offset by delays in storage purchases. Protect your data. After you get a look into your environment, use these reports to verify that all of the data in your environment is protected in a method appropriate to the value of the data. If that's not happening, identify unprotected data and start backing it up. There are ample backup and recovery tools on the market to protect your existing investment in data. Weigh the pros and cons of SAN management tools. Before running out to buy a storage area network (SAN) management tool, consider the cost and time involved to deploy one. New technologies like fabric-based virtualization and standards such as FAIS and SMI-S may limit the ... Access >>>

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