Top ten signs your storage is out of control
By Steven Toole
- You habitually spend your lunch hour adding more disks to your servers.
- Your users have turned the S drive into an MP3 juke box.
- You have 12 copies of Doom! out on the network.
- You spent two days cleaning up the mess from the Love Bug virus.
- You spend four hours a week manually deleting large, non-work related server files.
- You get dirty looks on the elevator after personally e-mailing warnings to your space hog users.
- Your servers contain the Budweiser "Wassup" ad, the Kenneth Star papers, and the Pamela Lee video.
- Your backup cycles take 26 hours to complete.
- Bob has 200MB in his home directory, and he left the company 2 years ago.
- The dancing baby and frog in blender cartoons take up the same amount of space as your mission critical data.
If any of these symptoms sounds familiar, don't walk -- RUN -- to your nearest Web browser and download a real-time SRM solution so you can finally take control of your server storage.
To gain maximum effective control, be sure to require only real-time user and directory quota thresholds, real-time file type blocking and automated web-based reports to find and free up wasted disk space.
This is not a test, this is an actual emergency. Failure to take heed to these instructions may result in a complete server meltdown and countless wasted hours spent babysitting disk space and playing space cop to your space hogs.
About the author: Steve Toole is Vice President of Marketing for W Quinn. He is also one of our resident storage management experts. Steve brings with him years of experience in Windows NT/2000 servers. If you've got a storage management question, send it along to Steve.