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Hot Spots: New Year's resolution: Get my storage organized

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Storage resource management software is one way to make sure you have a leaner, meaner storage system in 2008.


The start of each new year inevitably brings resolutions for improvement. Getting in shape and becoming more organized are ways we can become more efficient; for those of us working in the data center, efficiency translates into higher levels of service. But before you can manage more effectively and efficiently, you need greater visibility into your environment. You can't manage what you can't see.

One of the best ways to gain that visibility is to deploy storage resource management (SRM) software. This software has matured over the last five years, but there's still a lot of room for improvement. A recent Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) research report reveals that 37.3% of businesses have deployed SRM solutions (see "Current and planned production use of SRM software," below). An additional 40.3% have SRM purchases and installations on their New Year's resolution list.

In the case of SRM applications, the range of products can be daunting. How do you know which one is right for your environment? What should you look for in an SRM solution? Think about what you're trying to achieve. Is it simply getting your resources under control, or is this implementation part of an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) or IT Service Management

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(ITSM) initiative that focuses on process automation and integration with configuration management databases (CMDBs)? Do you have a single-vendor environment or not?

This was first published in January 2008

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