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Vol. 6 No. 11 January 2008

Hot Spots: New Year's resolution: Get my storage organized

Storage resource management software is one way to make sure you have a leaner, meaner storage system in 2008. The start of each new year inevitably brings resolutions for improvement. Getting in shape and becoming more organized are ways we can become more efficient; for those of us working in the data center, efficiency translates into higher levels of service. But before you can manage more effectively and efficiently, you need greater visibility into your environment. You can't manage what you can't see. One of the best ways to gain that visibility is to deploy storage resource management (SRM) software. This software has matured over the last five years, but there's still a lot of room for improvement. A recent Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) research report reveals that 37.3% of businesses have deployed SRM solutions (see "Current and planned production use of SRM software," below). An additional 40.3% have SRM purchases and installations on their New Year's resolution list. In the case of SRM applications, the range of ...

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  • Unlimited storage

    Clemson University has big plans as it upgrades its data center—and those plans call for lots and lots of storage. Their new IT infrastructure is being built along the lines of the National Science Foundation's Cyberinfrastructure initiative. Clemson expects its new world-class facility to attract a new crop of young faculty who will find the storage, bandwidth and CPU resources needed to support their research efforts.

  • Taming storage virtualization

    Where storage virtualization should reside and how it should be applied depends on the size of the storage infrastructure, the type of applications running in it, and the levels of control and visibility required by administrators. We look at the leading storage virtualization products and help you decide which technology may be best for your storage shop.

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