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Vol. 1 No. 5 July 2002

Give the people what they want - better automation

What went wrong with SRM? When management tools require managers to do more work, they don't get used. You need automated tools For about a year and a half I've been yelling about the virtues of storage resource management (SRM) software on every pulpit I could find. Seemed to me, it was a no-brainer. How could IT people not see the value of a tool that told them what they had, who was using it or who was creating it? The reality is the total market for SRM tools last year (2001) was under $100 million, according to my estimate. And potentially it's way under, depending on what you include in the category. This year? I think it may reach $150 to $200 million, but not the gazillions that I, along with many others, predicted. I believe that this type of function is absolutely necessary, and for it to become broadly implemented, it will need the next iteration of the technology - automated resource management (ARM). Today's SRM is really a discovery and reporting tool - but telling someone they're screwed up means they have to go ...

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