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Bock and Kataf are comparing products from EMC, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, and evaluating software platforms that can access data from those storage products. It's a project with a nearly $500,000 price tag and the No. 1 promise the IT side of the house will be making to its business colleagues is "no downtime," according to Kataf.
"If I'm doing my job correctly, cost is a factor; but it's the solution--reliability and [fulfilling] long-term needs--that matters most," he adds. "The business needs to understand that IT will recommend the right solution."
The storage project could eventually mean "500 users would need 50TB to 100TB right out of the gate," explains Bock. "I've been in IT and storage about 20 years and I haven't had a project on this scale," notes Kataf. "It's just lately that data storage needs have been growing so much and the amount users want to store, and the amount of access they want, has changed."
This was first published in December 2007