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Vol. 4 No. 8 October 2005

Process frameworks and storage

Storage professionals are hearing a lot lately about the need for more process and discipline in their operations. A common response is to hire a consultant and generate documentation to create better storage-related processes that fix capacity misallocations, improper storage configurations, lax change control and poor troubleshooting practices. But these efforts rarely address the root causes of process breakdowns. Business-unit executives are increasingly favoring another approach and pressuring their IT departments to implement International Standards Organization (ISO)-compliant procedures and policies. These process frameworks are supposed to be applied across all departments within IT, so they're moving to the front burner for storage managers. Storage professionals need to know the trends in storage process improvement, the key frameworks and how to justify their implementation, and how to improve their chances of success during rollout. Process improvement is a broad topic with a rich history. A series of ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hidden threats to data

    Inadequacies in storage governance and weaknesses in data management may pose far less-visible risks to a company's data. To mitigate these threats, you must be aware of the impact and probability of these risks to reduce or eliminate them.

  • Safer SATA for nearline apps

    New SATA drivers tailored for nearline apps

  • Keep remote offices in sync

    With regulatory compliance, data protection requirements and the need to share data, remote office data can no longer be ignored. Wide-area file system products can rein in and protect remote data.

  • Will your disaster recovery plan work?

    No matter how many checklists a company creates, the number of disaster scenarios it considers or even how assiduously it backs up data, managers can't be confident in their firm's ability to recover data unless the systems have been tested thoroughly.

  • Better capacity forecasting

    There are two methods for devising storage capacity forecasts: quantitative and qualitative. By combining the two, you can develop practical metrics that will make more accurate forecasts.

  • Data grids for storage

    Data grids are used by the scientific community to access data resources around the world. Companies can use the principles underlying these global grids to link geographically dispersed sites.

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