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Storage management hassles and headaches?

As storage technology has evolved, storage management has become more and more sophisticated - and sometimes problematic due to the vast selection of products and vendors.

The weakest area of storage management may be the process of determining requirements, evaluating new technology and designing an effective solution based on the findings.

The following are a few points that could be taken into consideration while searching for new storage solutions and/or proceeding with storage designs:

  • Have a clear understanding of SAN/NAS components (i.e. storage server, tape library, Fibre director and switches, iSCSI gateway, SAN data gateway, etc.). What can and can't they do? Components are still platform dependent and you'll struggle with interoperability across vendors, regardless of what the marketing specs say. If not properly designed, a highly advanced component may still function poorly.

  • Know what storage virtualization really means. What can and can't it do? Where is it feasible? Will it work as the vendor claims, regardless of the underlying components? For example, if platform A is not supported by storage server B, could DataCore "virtually" fill that gap to fully utilize the underlying storage as they claim? Storage virtualization should not be considered a solution for interoperability in a storage network.

  • Decide what disaster recovery (DR) plan fits best in the current workflow. A simple but effective
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