Events: CIO Panel Discussion TS 2003
Strategies for Storage Management
Storage was identified as an important topic for discussion at Network Magazine's
Technology Senate 2003 event, held last November in Kochi. So a discussion panel
was conducted to review various issues. The session was presided by eminent
IT-Heads of various industries who voiced their issues, concerns and observations
on Storage Management. This was followed by an interactive session, wherein,
the panelists raised and discussed certain issues. The Panel also addressed
questions from the audience.
Some of the key issues raised during this session were storage management strategies,
a new approach to storage policies, and ROI on storage.
Chandiramani, Assistant Vice President-Networks, Refco Sify Securities India
spoke of the key Storage Management issues.
We are bottoming down to six things: CCMPRS. We know that data is growing and
we always need Capacity. But can we incur a bit more Cost to improve and manage
it better? Also, we need to look at who the people are who will Manage storage
for usdoes it make sense to use our own people, who know our corporate
strategy and philosophy?
The 'P' stands for Performance and Platforms. When we talk about Performance
of any system we need to know how good a Platform is. The 'R' stands for Reliability.
How reliable is your solution? Is it available whenever you need it? The 'S'
stands for Scalability. We may estimate the growth in our data for the next
three years, but do we consider if the new system that we're buying is scalable
further than that?
Ishwar Jha, Senior Manager-IT, Sony Music Entertainment (India)
Manoj Chandiramani, Assistant Vice President-Net-works, Refco Sify Securities
P.K. Vohra, General Manager, ICICI Bank
Harcharan Singh, Information Systems Manager, Hyatt Services India
Vijay Karayi, Head-Internal Audit & Information Technology, Jindal Iron
& Steel Company
Val Souza, Editor, Express Computer
Jha, Senior Manager-IT, Sony Music Entertainment (India) said:
Sometimes technology becomes a barrier when it comes to storing large format
data on to the system. But you can always go the extra mile and find a platform
for this purpose.
P.K. Vohra, General Manager, ICICI Bank said:
Today I see lots
of islands of storage and managing storage is a complete nightmare. It's still
quite a challenge to optimize all the storage that you have. One of my concerns
is that when these Virtualization Engines come in, I hope to have some control
of where my data lies, and over where my archive logs, index files and hot files
are sitting. Even though we are moving to a virtualized world, we still need
to have some control over our storage, and I hope the emerging solutions and
software will facilitate that.
Karayi, Head-Internal Audit & Information Technology, Jindal Iron &
Steel Company commented on Storage Policy said:
CIOs should take a different approach to Storage Policies. The corporate should
look at BS7799 certification for IS auditing and benchmarkingand calibrate
all security systems, including storage systems vis-à-vis BS7799. You
also need to consider the regulatory issues, as certain acts and rules mandate
storage of data for several years.
Singh, Information Systems Manager, Hyatt Services India commented on the
ROI from Storage.
Storage enables you to define what you have now, and we can forecast what we
want in the futureand actually have a backup and recovery plan in place,
so that we can get the data at a time when it's required.
The need for a comprehensive storage policy is a significant issue to consider.
CIOs must also take a different approach to forming a storage policy and consider
aspects like data security and mandates from regulatory bodies.
The other major concern is ROI on storage and DR. There are various ways of
looking at ROI. It was agreed that a CIO must look beyond IT and consider the
business benefits. For instance, they should be thinking about business aspects
like increasing the share value and providing better service to customers.
Other issues and concerns expressed by the audience during this session were
the viability of the SSP (Storage Service Provider) model, the management of
multiple backup devices, and the need for industry standards.