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Tips for the everyday admin -- #6

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Our countdown, brought to you by SearchStorage.com high availability expert Evan Marcus, includes some common sense tips for the everyday storage admin to follow.

#6: Choose mature software

1. Avoid "dot zero" releases
- Allow products to ripen
2. Select well-supported applications
- Large installed base
- User communities or groups for "best practices"
- Reference sites
- But don't choose them blindly
3. Don't reinvent the wheel
- Browsers replace user interfaces
- Mature public domain software tools suffice

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This was first published in January 2003

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