Storage Management And Simple Strategic Practices


When it comes to storage management, IT professionals face both the challenge on harnessing their organization's demand for storage and the opportunity of purchasing more storage devices as prices continue to plummet. However, managing growing storage networks can become a complex progress requiring intensive resources. In many organizations, storage managements get carried out without any strategy to contain costs and to promote efficient use of storage devices.

The range of IT devices, platforms, and applications in use across an enterprise complicate the storage management picture. Data can reside in geographically diverse locations and on technologically disparate devices, making the management of these resources across the corporate information grid no easy task. Unavailable data spreads harmful effects to corporate applications, rendering them ineffective.This process can slow or even halt business operations, impairing the enterprise's financial success in one continuous stream.

Every enterprise relies on a set of storage management practices. Some common practices might not be the most effective or efficient methods when viewed as a corporate strategy. In contrast, specific strategy practices can help an organization improve, not only the effectiveness of a storage management strategy, but it's efficiency.

IT departments must develop strategic practices that protect their most important asset: the data supporting their applications. Many storage management tools protect data through routine backups and centrally managing the information grid.

A strategic approach based on distributed storage management can help ensure, not only that the data is being back up, but also that information grid can be recreated in the event of a disaster. The type of strategic storage management approach enables an IT department to do the following:

  • Minimize the resources consumed for storage management operations by transferring and storing the smallest amount of information to protect the information grid.

  • Extend the life of their current network infrastructure and processing power.

  • Produce greater returns with lowest media costs on the organization's investment in secondary tape resources.
  • IT departments can achieve these benefits in a centrally managed environment by selecting the right storage management solutions and carrying out the following strategic practices:

  • Using a central database of files under storage management, which enables central monitoring and control and reduces the amount of data stored.

  • Backing up only changed data, which improves backup time, reduces network demands, and saves on storage resources.

  • Relocating backup tapes for off-site storage to support disaster recovery efforts.

  • Allowing both end users and LAN administrators to perform restores; empowering end users to restore only their own files, which saves time and effort for local LAN administrators.

  • Automatically restarting restore operations in case of network failure during a remote operation.

  • Implementing a storage management policy as needed, across heterogeneous platforms.

  • Archiving data using a centrally managed archival/retrieval systems, so that end users and applications benefit from robust records-retention services without the overhead of direct management of these activities.
  • Elizabeth M. Ferrarini . She is a free-lance writer from Boston, MA.

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