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Vol. 2 No. 3 May 2003

Keeping your eyes on all of your devices might require more than just two eyes

Simultagnosia is a word I overheard while implementing a multiterabyte storage area network (SAN) for the radiology department of one of the nation's largest healthcare systems. It's a disorder where a person lacks the ability to integrate information across their visual fields. Instead, the affected person can only pay attention to one small area at a time, absorb information in that area and then move on to the next area. As soon as I heard the definition, I immediately thought of managing resources on a SAN--administrators are expected to manage an enterprise tape library one minute, and then walk over to an enterprise disk array and utilize its inherent tools to manage it. And you also have to be more than familiar with the switches, routers and host bus adapters (HBAs) that connect tape libraries and disk arrays. Doing more with less From having salaried employees work additional hours without compensation to asking users to suffer through the pains of subpar response times, the lack of capital available for hardware ...

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