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Published: 01 Nov 2012

Chalkley Matlack, senior network administrator at doeLegal LLC, a Wilmington, DE-based legal support platform provider, used to spend about half his day replicating data to his disaster recovery (DR) site. Now, says Matlack, "Automation has cut my time down to going in each morning for maybe half an hour and checking the status of things." Matlack uses storage automation software--also called self-service storage--from RelData to schedule his company's DR replication. Storage automation lets admins set up policies for provisioning new servers or LUNs, or cloning databases, among other tasks. David Hubbard, RelData president and CEO, says automation is coded into the Relbots product, not just tagged on with a bunch of scripts. Patrick Rogers, VP of solutions marketing at NetApp, claims his firm's automation products eliminate the time spent cutting through internal help desk red tape. Rogers says NetApp's Provisioning Manager and Protection Manager allow storage admins to set policies so that application admins can self-manage and self-provision their storage... Access >>>

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