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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Explosive data growth and increasingly complex storage environments make it easy to see the appeal of an automated capacity-planning application. But according to some vendors and analysts, the tools currently available for open systems don't have enough depth to add real value, at least not yet. "A lot of tools are focused just on space usage," says Greg Schulz, senior analyst and founder of The StorageIO Group, Stillwater, MN. To accurately assess your storage needs, you also need to know how much I/O activity applications are generating, he says. And if you don't know how well your volumes are handling activity right now, you might get a skewed picture of your storage needs going forward, says Ted Kicey, product manager for Mainview Storage Resource Manager (SRM) at Houston-based BMC Software. "If I'm running out of space on volumes or in a storage pool, looking at what was there yesterday doesn't help," says Kicey. "I really need to be able to look at real-time data." Mainview SRM is mainframe software that helps optimize performance in addition to ... Access >>>

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