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Vol. 3 No. 2 April 2004

How many storage admins do you need?

Inside the storage department Storage groups require four main disciplines, but within each discipline there's also a need for a range of people, from architect to operator. Staffing levels should reflect this division of labor and the size and complexity of the environment. That's why simplistic TB/admin calculations aren't helpful. Many of today's shops look awfully similar to my first storage-focused job, where SCSI-based Clariions ruled. Still, some businesses have understood the lessons of the past and are well on their way to running IT as an internal service provider. Within IT, though, even these organizations are just building independent storage management groups. Here are some lessons I've learned by helping and watching a number of businesses form storage management teams: Form a real, dedicated group--don't try to make virtual teams. Define and publicize the boundaries, roles and responsibilities of the storage team. Storage has to include backup, archiving and disaster recovery. Invest in training--this is a new ...

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  • IP storage delivers

    by  Johanna Ambrosio

    Despite all the FUD surrounding IP SANs, early users say IP-based storage isn't all that difficult to manage and that performance is sufficient. The key is knowing what applications IP SANs should be used for.

  • Disaster recovery relief

    The cost of disaster recovery tools can be even more than the value of the data that these very tools are supposed to be protecting. Fortunately, newer approaches to DR are restoring sanity to this high-pressure task.

  • Wrestling with regulations

    by  Bill O'Brien

    In the health care industry, complicated regulations such as HIPAA, combined with new technologies that require enormous amounts of storage, are driving storage managers to the emergency room.

  • Extreme backup

    by  Arun Taneja

    Newsflash: Conventional data protection has reached its limits and will be dramatically changing in the next couple of years. But all roads don't lead to the same result. Here's how to analyze which route is best for you.

  • Get control of capacity

    Although storage resource management tools can be complicated to implement, they're a better alternative to breaking the bank and rushing out to purchase more storage. Get precise with your vendors on what you need and you'll wind up with better results.

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