Doing due diligence on new storage equipment

Doing due diligence on new storage equipment
Rick Cook

Make sure you check everything out before you install, says this tip from Rick Cook, and save some headaches.

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You can save yourself a lot of time and headaches when installing new storage systems if you'll spend a little time checking manufacturers' Web sites and other sources for 'gotchas', according to Bill Peldzus, storage consulting marketing manager for Imation's Storage Professional Services Group.

Too often, Peldzus says, administrators limit themselves to reading the manual before adding new equipment. In doing so they may miss known problems and incompatibilities, not to mention the patches and workarounds that have been developed for them.

In addition to the manual, administrators planning to add new hardware and software should check the vendor's release notes and knowledge base to see if there are any issues that are likely to affect the new addition to their environment. Peldzus says it also helps to check the Web sites of the vendors of existing parts of the system to see if there are any references to the new additions. "It's amazing the things you find," he says.

If you know in advance you can apply workarounds, patches, etc. as part of the installation process, you can head off potential problems before they happen.

Rick Cook has been writing about mass storage since the days when the term meant an 80K floppy disk. The computers he learned on used ferrite cores and magnetic drums. For the last twenty years he has been a freelance writer specializing in storage and other computer issues.

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This was first published in August 2001

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