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Vol. 2 No. 4 June 2003

Management suites come up short

Vendor presentations--witnessed in the comfort of the executive board room--enthusiastically tout storage management suites (SMS) that seamlessly integrate across Windows, Unix and Novell operating systems, no matter whether on a storage area network (SAN), in network-attached storage (NAS) or even direct-attached storage (DAS). Sales reps promise staggering ROIs. Feature checklists are long, and include real-time reporting on storage utilization as well as the visualization and virtualization of the storage infrastructure. Welcome to storage heaven. Trying to make a mission-critical decision about an SMS based on a PowerPoint presentation is, of course, ridiculous. Before you subject yourself to slideware, take a good look at what processes you have and will need to develop to manage storage. Decide what your priorities are for automating those processes--not everything can be functionally or economically reduced to a click or a wizard. What CreekPath Systems offers With all of the attention given to larger players and their ...

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