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Vol. 3 No. 8 October 2004

Best Practices: Get your storage management group up and running

Almost every company I deal with is working on standardizing storage (and backup) management under a single umbrella. But for various reasons, most haven't gotten far. If your organization wants to move to a storage management group, but you're not sure how to get it there, consider this step-by-step approach. Step 1: Evolve and specialize Let's get this out of the way up front: You're understaffed. Every IT group I've seen has too few people expected to fill too many roles. But another organizational problem is even worse: Expecting a staff of generalists to emerge as IT heroes. Technology is too complicated for anyone to understand it all. And storage is too different from servers and applications to be a part-time focus. Most generalist administrators choose what they want to work on, or they're deflected by the inevitable crises that plague IT infrastructure. In the worst cases, entire IT staffs run about like Keystone Kops chasing after the same problems. The biggest loser, as always, is backup. Failing to protect data can ...

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