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Vol. 3 No. 7 September 2004

Users slow to embrace storage automation

Bill north, director of research for International Data Corp.'s (IDC) storage software service, thinks he has glimpsed the future of storage management. During a demo, a vendor set up an Oracle database and piled on a simulated load. The system noticed that a performance threshold had been exceeded, captured an image of the application and automatically moved it to another server with more CPUs and reallocated and redirected the storage. As the load increased, it shifted the application and its accompanying resources to an even more capable server. Reversing the process, the load was lightened and the management system moved the application back to the original server and storage resources--all automatically. Despite dramatic demos and a wave of automation products from vendors large and small, storage managers aren't rushing to automate their storage. To begin with, they aren't sure they're ready to trust their storage to application-to-spindle automation. While they like the savings that come from reducing labor, they want to ...

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