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:
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:
Elizabeth M. Ferrarini . She is a free-lance writer from Boston, MA.