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Some Folks Get It…Now

by Administrator on March 29, 2009

Jim Wheeler just told me that a data management-qua-protection-qua-archiving best practices guide has been posted over a QStar.  I have seen it in various drafts and it is great work.  I encourage everyone to have a look.

Meanwhile, I was reading my backlog of paper news in my library (aka on the porcelain throne) and I ran across a cute piece on the front page of the March 13 issue of Processor Magazine.  I usually like Processor a lot, but this one, entitled Storage at a Premium, made me laugh.

I’m sure the writer had the best of intentions, but he interviewed Forrester and Gartner of all people, to explore the benefits of SRM.  The Forrester guy said that managing storage using point management was “not very granular.”  The Gartner droid said that “reactive strategies are problematic.”  Hmm.

Guys, we have been saying this stuff for 10 years while both of your firms encouraged your paying consumer clients to purchase impossible-to-manage stovepipe arrays from your paying vendor clients.  Nice of you to catch up and even to echo our views here — even late is better than never, I guess.

My only beef with the piece was that it winds down to an interview with a guy from Nexsan, who says that the solution is to cope with the burgeon of data by buying more high capacity SATA storage to create a second tier for rarely-if-ever re-referenced data.  That fixes the “number one issue” pointed out by Forrester in the sidebar:  difficulties forecasting future capacity demand.

I should probably console myself that 1) nobody mentioned thin provisioning (what, 3PAR or EMC, you aren’t paying Gartner enough for this?) and 2) nobody much cares what Gartner or Forrester or most of the other anal-lysts have to say about storage. 

My take:  SRM alone does not tackle the issues that we face.  At best, good SRM provides some status monitoring and capacity management value — that’s when the management is unified and capable of dealing with heterogeneity.  Anyway you cut it, SRM does NOT address storage utilization efficiency, as Gartner says, but only capacity ALLOCATION efficiency.  To get to utilization efficiency, you need data management too so that the right data is stored to the right platform based on business and performance criteria.

I was just asked to respond to some questions for a story they are writing over at 1105 Media (Redmond Magazine, I think).  Since I don’t know whether all of my text will see print or on line presentation, I will defer re-publishing it here until I see what the editor does with it.  Once published, I will post a link.

Grumble, grumble.  Back to work.

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