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Vol. 8 Num. 6 September 2009

Use storage more efficiently

Getting the most out of what you already have isn't just smart, it might be the only way to keep your storage shop alive and well. Data storage efficiency is often an elusive target for storage managers, but with declining budgets and unchecked capacity demands, getting the most out of your storage resources is more important than ever. Storage vendors say they feel your pain and can help you store more data for less cost than ever before. But storage managers should press those vendors on the actual savings they'll see with their own data and environments. It's also important to understand that some space-saving technologies may require new monitoring tools or additional storage controllers to ensure they don't crash important applications. In addition, a new technology might not always be the answer; non-technical methods, such as pushing back on users' demands, may do as much to help keep storage budgets under control (see "Just say 'No,'" below). Just say 'No' Need to cut your storage requirements but don't have the time or ...

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