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Published: 29 Oct 2012

In this economy, alluring IT projects are all about cutting costs. Companies such as Whirlpool Corp. and MasterCard International have launched overhauls of their worldwide storage infrastructures to consolidate their global storage facilities and manage applications from as few central locations as possible. For these multinationals, it's money well spent. Jim Hall, vice president of engineering services at MasterCard, says the company is using some serious economies of scale to drive down technology costs. Whirlpool and MasterCard are on the leading edge of a new phenomenon: As companies embark on managing storage across the global reach of the enterprise, their chief tactic is to do so through data center consolidation. Problems plaguing global storage consolidation Here are some issues to consider before embarking on a global storage consolidation program. At least 50% of storage is still direct-attached storage (DAS), which makes it difficult to manage remotely--and automation tools are mostly for the networked environment. Organizational change is ... Access >>>

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