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Storage resource management tools can help you track your storage resources, but most storage managers still calculate their resources the old-fashioned way - or not at all. Where does your shop stand on storage resource management?
|You know (or could easily find out) your storage capacity?|
|"The SAN arena is crying out for a single tool that will provide statistics of current storage topology and usage."|
|Do you know your utilization rates?|
|The results of this month's survey reveal that storage administrators' attitudes toward managing their resources are as - ahem - heterogeneous as their environments. While a virtuous 71% claim to know|
| their capacity at least to the nearest gigabyte, a disconcerting 16% admit to only knowing it to the nearest terabyte (at an estimated $0.15/MB for a high-end storage, that comes out to about $150,000 worth of unaccounted resources). Even more unsettling is the full 13% that have no clue what their capacity might be.
When it comes to disk utilization, a majority (54%) of admins claim to have at least a handle on their utilization rates, although an honest 35% fessed up that they haven't the foggiest.
Utilization rates mirror the way users track resources (or don't, as the case may be). A sizable minority (23%) uses a commercial tool, about half (47%) track resources manually, and again, a full 30% don't track storage at all.
|How do you figure storage consumption?|
This was first published in July 2002