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Vol. 4 No. 2 April 2005

Chart a course for consolidation

This article first appeared in "Storage" magazine in the April issue. For more articles of this type, please visit www.storagemagazine.com. What you will learn from this tip: Consolidating storage is a complex, challenging process. Whether you're tackling DAS, NAS or SAN, there are key issues that must be addressed to have a successful storage consolidation project.   Consolidation will be on most IT project lists this year and for good reason. The benefits of consolidation are easy to delineate, and the savings can be substantial. Depending on the scope of the project, storage consolidation helps the bottom line by reducing assets, lowering hardware and software maintenance, upping storage capacity utilization and enabling more effective and efficient storage management. Unfortunately, storage consolidation isn't as simple as buying a large, enterprise-class storage array and migrating applications to the new platform. In a nutshell, a consolidation project follows the three Ps: process, procedure and policy. Whether a ...

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Features in this issue

  • Pros and cons of VTLs

    by  W. Curtis Preston

    VTLs aren't perfect, and this tip outlines some caveats about the technology that you need to know before implementing a VTL.

  • First Look: Crossroads Systems' DataMover 240f

    Crossroads Systems' DataMover 240f is a SAN edge device that takes on one of the most vexing backup bottlenecks by keeping data flowing through the network pipes.

  • Are SATA drives ready for the enterprise?

    SATA drives are great low-cost alternatives to pricey Fibre Channel and SCSI drives, but they lack the reliability and performance that mission-critical applications demand. But new technologies are bringing SATA up to enterprise-class standards.

  • Keep track of backups

    Backup reporting tools help track backup failures and determine their cause. Some tools can identify weak links in your backup processes where there's a potential for failure.

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