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Users will focus on software to integrate

Getting it all under management
Caught in the vise between efficiency and expansion, many storage managers are receptive to the idea that storage management software can help them automate and grow at

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the same time, with some measure of control. Half of survey respondents plan to increase spending on storage management software, with only 2% decreasing spending. (See Figure 9)

Their motive is clear and hasn't changed in a year: manage more storage with the same staff, according to 43% of respondents. Second motive: simplify management of different storage environments, say 22% of respondents.

That desire was also reflected in respondents' answer to the question, "Which best describes your primary purchase for storage management software in 2004?" Top choice (46%) went to multivendor management. (See Figure 10) March's survey had shown a preference for element managers, but the tide seems to have returned to last year's view of storage management software as being primarily a middleware layer within the storage domain. Neither the lower level element manager role, nor the grand integration into higher-level suites such as Hewlett-Packard OpenView or Computer Associates Unicenter was favored.

Which new technologies will make the cut?
Next year may not be a big year for implementing new technologies, but some specific ones are getting serious attention from storage managers. We gave our survey takers a list of the products and technologies we hear the most from vendors about, and asked them to indicate their plans to implement or evaluate each one. (See Figure 11)

It's not surprising that with the energy going into consolidation, SAN/NAS gateways lead the list of new technologies that are being or will be implemented. Quota management seems to be the part of storage resource management (SRM) and SAN management that has found the quickest favor with storage managers as a way of controlling storage growth. Respondents seemed otherwise uninterested in chargeback and definitely sour on autoprovisioning, two other buzzy options being pushed by vendors.

As for base technologies, serial ATA and iSCSI may not be definites in many shops yet, but they will certainly get a look-see, say respondents. The same can't be said for virtual SANs and content-addressed storage, two interesting, but proprietary technologies (Cisco Systems Inc. and EMC Corp., respectively).

This was first published in October 2003

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