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Summary and Conclusions
No matter how diverse a SAN design may be, an undeniable enterprise case for a SANMAT can be proven with a comprehensive ROI analysis tool. Implementing a SANMAT is a critical step toward achieving the ultimate goal of a storage "utility" (where storage is managed by automated policy engines). Even today, the enterprise benefits of a SANMAT are exceptionally compelling, especially when SAN technology is still on the road toward this ubiquitous utility.
IT decision makers who are long-term strategists need assurance that a SAN management platform installed today will easily evolve toward their visions of a storage utility. Because of its broad range of heterogeneous devices supported, application awareness, robust capabilities, scalability, and ability to integrate into enterprise frameworks, a SANMAT is the platform at the core of this vision.
Finally, a SANMAT provides an exceptional ROI. This justifies its use for solving today's storage challenges, especially as the ROI continues to rise in parallel with fulfillment of the long-term SAN strategy.
John Vacca is an information technology consultant and internationally known author based in Pomeroy, Ohio. Since 1982, John has authored 39 books and more than 485 articles in the areas of advanced storage, computer security and aerospace technology. John was also a configuration management specialist, computer specialist, and the computer security official for NASA's space station program (Freedom) and the International Space Station Program, from 1988 until his early retirement from NASA in 1995. John was also one of the security consultants for the MGM movie titled : "AntiTrust," which was released on January 12, 2001. John can be reached on the Internet at firstname.lastname@example.org.