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SSPs rescue eHoliday-stressed IT departments

By Linda Gail Christie

With companies who maintain an Internet presence experiencing incredible storage capacity growth of 400% per year, IT departments are already working at the limits of their staffing and capital resources to deliver core business value: managing distributed networks, firewalls, and disaster recovery plans; and maintaining complex CRM, e-business, ERP, and data mining applications.

As holiday e-commerce activities stress storage management demands even further, many IT managers are turning to SSPs to relieve the workload, as well as minimize capital investments.

"No one tries to install their own voice communication network," said Jason Schaffer, VP, strategic marketing for StorageWay, a managed storage utility providing complete storage and application data management solutions. "They 'rent' dial tone, voice mail, caller ID, etc. IT managers are realizing it is equally beneficial to rent the exact amount of raw storage they need from SSPs, such as StorageWay. We already have a data management infrastructure that provides performance maximization, high availability, and easily scalable solutions delivered with the ease of a utility."

"Utilizing an SSP to meet seasonal spikes makes perfect sense," said Rob Commins, StorageWay's director of product marketing. "You can ramp up your storage capacity, and minimize backup windows and other management activities using a pay-as-you-go model. After the holiday rush, reduce your overhead -- without carrying the capital and staffing overhead associated with in-house scalability."

Commins says that even if your goal is to eventually buy your own storage architecture, it still makes sense to use an SSP. "An SSP can help you design and test drive your architecture, so you can make an intelligent purchase once you're confident growth and sales projections have really come true."

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About the author: Storage management tips are written by Linda Gail Christie, a contributing editor based in Tulsa, Okla.

This was last published in November 2000

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