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Balancing requirements
In the final analysis, business decisions need to be made before technical factors can be considered. What, for example, are the requirements of the application and the operating system? How will the data be protected? What are the infrastructure requirements? How much will it cost?

Picking a storage technology is all about balancing parameters. Choosing a RAID level, or a product with data stripe abstraction, is no different. There are a wide variety of options, with no one selection "best" for all circumstances. As a storage administrator, you want happy "internal customers" with a minimum of work and stress. This may mean giving up some control to the array for disk management.

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This was first published in November 2007

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