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Vol. 2 No. 9 November 2003

Creating a comprehensive data storage automation plan

Have you seen the latest rhetoric from the storage industry? It comes with various labels such as "information life cycle management," "storage life cycle management" or "storage operations management," but it's really just the storage spin on utility computing. This storage automation vision states that corporate data requires different care and feeding through its life span and that storage hardware and software can support this through an automated, policy-driven infrastructure. At this time, it's fair to view these vendor stories as nothing but hype. After all, these are the same companies that sold you on other fish stories and goofy acronyms. (Anyone remember EMC Corp.'s E-Infostructure or Cisco Systems' DEN?) Nevertheless, there's actually some reason and value here. Today's storage infrastructure is really comprised of discrete silos. In a typical shop, the data center staff might own the back-end Hitachi Data Systems disks supporting Oracle, but network administration is responsible for the Network Appliance ...

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Features in this issue

  • Defragmenting Disks Falls by the Wayside

    The deal on disk fragmenting

  • Too many SAN islands

    by  Jeff Moad

    One of the main challenges to growing SANs is the proliferation of independent SAN islands. We look at how and why a multinational financial services company consolidated many islands into larger ones, but stopped short of a single, unified SAN.

  • Sane strategies for SAN growth

    What's the right way to design storage networks for growth? There's no simple answer to that question, but understanding the implications of storage- or network-centric approaches will help you make the right choices.

  • New directions for switches

    With all of the recent acquisitions and new partnerships forming this year, finding the right Fibre Channel switch for you is even more confusing. This article will help you chose the right one.

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