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Use What You Have, Buy What You Need

How to Increase the Utilization of Existing Storage Resources

Simple, Cost-Effective Data Replication & Migration

Besides these savings and efficiencies, storage management solutions can eliminate other pain points and improve the lives of IT administrators in a number of important ways. Describing all those benefits is beyond the scope of this article, but there are several benefits worth highlighting.

Heterogeneous storage management tools can replicate data over large distances to secondary (or remote) sites more efficiently, greatly reducing (or eliminating) the threat of data loss and downtime caused by a disaster at the primary site. This capability is fast and efficient when data has to be recovered after a disaster. Because this replication can be done from a high-end array to a low-cost array, the utilization of expensive storage arrays is improved and the capital cost of replication is driven down.

Some storage management solutions can migrate data for consolidation purposes, or when switching operating systems. Enabling better migration lets administrators better use server resources.

Moving Towards Increased Storage Utilization
Organizations can immediately realize fundamental cost efficiencies by identifying and reclaiming unused storage and reconfiguring the overall storage infrastructure.

Understanding current capacity and future growth will provide financial benefits, reducing capital expenses for new storage resources, while giving IT organizations visibility into which business unit is consuming storage.

To analyze current storage utilization, it will be worth asking some basic questions:

1. How much storage really exists? In large data centers and IT departments, it may be hard to know                     exactly how many storage devices exist and what their capacities are.
2. How much of that capacity – on a device-by-device basis – is actually filled with data?
3. How much of that data is actually important and has been accessed (over the last 30, 60, or 90 days)?

In the course of this complex discovery process organizations will be able to arrive at a number of conclusions, such as the total storage capacity; how much capacity falls into high-end, mid-range, and low-end categories; how much capacity in each category is currently unused; and what percentage of current storage actually consists of data that has current business value.

Conclusion

IT organizations face a difficult balancing act to ensure market responsiveness while operating efficiently. Companies today continually seek new ways to innovate and closely align IT to the changing needs of their business. IT’s job is never done when it comes to managing risk, cost, and complexity across an enterprise. It takes innovation to drive market strategy and it takes efficiency to drive innovation. To unlock innovation, IT organizations must proactively attain greater productivity across existing resources and staff. Decision makers must keep abreast of the latest technologies that can help drive down IT costs and streamline the management of the storage environments to drive innovation. It’s not until efficiency and innovation are recognized that value can be derived from the IT budget.

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Danny Milrad is senior product marketing manager of the Storage and Server Management Group at Symantec.

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ISSJ News Desk 08/04/06 05:58:14 PM EDT

Companies today are very aware of the high costs associated with managing stored data and keeping this data available to business-critical applications. These management costs are escalating at a time when corporate IT organizations are looking to streamline operations to ensure that infrastructure investments lead to increases in productivity and profitability.