Lesson 4: Justify your tiered storage strategy to management

Tiered Storage School: Lesson 4

You know a tiered storage architecture is the right way to go, but how can you make sure management buys into your vision? Lesson four of Tiered Storage School will help you make your case to management.

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Now that you have designed a tiered storage strategy that matches the needs of your business, how do you justify it to your senior management? What steps should you take in the short term? How do you move forward to your desired state? How do you justify short term capital spending to reduce long term costs? Lesson four of Tiered Storage School will help you make your case to management.

What you'll walk away with:
** How to classify business drivers by data type
** Where you can cut costs and prove ROI
** Real-world TCO example: E-mail archiving application
** Key metrics to help you prove this strategy to management
** The ability to ask Greg and Mike your specific tiered storage questions

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About Mike Casey: Mike Casey has more than 20 years experience in storage and high technology. Previously Casey was a storage analyst for Gartner and a compliance officer for a medical device company. He has also held executive and marketing management positions at storage product companies such as Fujitsu, IBM, Shugart and Solid Data Systems. Casey has published numerous articles and papers on storage technology, compliance and data strategy, and has spoken at industry conferences such as Storage Decisions, Storage Networking Word and Gartner Planet Storage. He also serves as an expert on data retention and compliance, responding to reader questions in the Ask the Expert feature on Casey holds a BS in Physics and an MBA, both from Santa Clara University.

About Greg Forest: Greg Forest has more than 20 years experience in storage, application software, programming, management, support and implementation. He has been personally responsible for developing methodologies and work products for a variety of OEM clients to make solution delivery predictable and cost effective. His diverse background gives him a unique perspective on the role of Information Technology as a strategic differentiator in the success of any business. Previously Forest worked as Director of IT for Legato Systems and was responsible for governance, budgeting and strategic vision."

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This was first published in August 2005

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