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Vol. 4 No. 8 October 2005

Who should control the SAN?

It has been a long time coming, but enterprise storage management teams are finally here. Nearly every large company now has a separate manager focused on the data storage infrastructure, and most have a team with people in various roles to support them. The next question concerns the demarcation of these roles--exactly what functions should be part of the storage group's sphere of responsibilities? There are a few key areas where management responsibilities intersect. Host bus adapter (HBA) installation and configuration normally requires administrator access, so that task has often been handed off to the systems administrator. Overseeing volume managers is normally in the systems administrator's purview, while the installation of software agents for storage management products has emerged as a huge bone of contention between systems and storage people. Other areas of overlap include change management functions, service support (monitoring and escalation), asset management and cabling. Cisco's monkey wrench Cisco threw a monkey...

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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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