imperative that all aspects of storage management are
dealt with when considering a storage management solution.
Steve Coad, General Manager, South Asia, EMC updates
us on storage trends and how organizations choose storage
solutions. by Anil Patrick R
are the latest trends driving networked storage?
We see three major trends in the networked storage world.
The first is a move towards storage consolidation and
The second trend is an increasing
demand for tools to manage the growth of information,
and the rising complexity of IT. Organizations would
like to manage multi-vendor storage infrastructures
from a simple, central point of control.
Meeting service levels and
ensuring business continuity is the third trend. As
more and more applications are brought online, more
employees at every business expect and require continuous
access to information. That in turn lowers the tolerance
level for service disruptions of any kind.
should buyers look for when choosing a storage solution?
First in line comes the storage capacity management
of the server. Then come issues like backup and retrieval
problems; application unavailability for scheduled and
unscheduled downtimes; servers, operating systems and
storage consolidation issues.
When it comes to features,
the things to look out for are the following. Heterogeneous
server and operating systems connectivity is a must.
Next comes management of unpredictable and continuously
expanding storage allocation demands. In addition to
this are features like data availability and integrity;
consolidation and movement of data without downtime;
online backup from storageserver and network-less
backup; Enterprise-wide business continuity and disaster
recovery by enterprise storage; and information sharing
between different servers and operating systems.
NAS and SAN support should
be present in the same storage for flexibility of future
technology. The solution should also have common management
for storage infrastructure.
does one derive optimal value from his/her storage solution?
From an information infrastructure perspective, organizations
should identify a storage solution based on how it can
boost productivity and growth without discarding previous
investments; lower TCO, improve utilization, elevate
service levels, and report back to business quicklyto
ensure the best return on investment.
Modularity should be present
to allow data-in-place upgrades without disruption/investment
protection. Automated and open storage management software
that works across multi-vendor environments to consolidate
storage and servers, should be selected.
Interoperability is a must.
The information infrastructure impacts every part of
the IT environment from applications and servers to
databases. You should ensure that every device works
well with the others.
Next on the agenda comes choice.
You need to see if the vendor offers you the most comprehensive
solution set possible from SAN, NAS, DAS, multi-path
serving to block storage over IP. Often, one size does
not fit all.
Ensure that your vendor has
a good support center and a track record for customer
service. Ask yourself questions like do they have a
24x7 support center? Do they have specialized storage
professionals that you can speak with and rely on? The
value of customer service cannot be over-stated. It's