Enteprise Storage Forum posed an interesting question for those on the hunt for full data center automation this week.
With server automation delivering all manner of benefits to those who can afford it -- everything from daily management, provisioning, patching and reconfiguration -- why is interest in storage automation so lackluster?
Although storage automation is still relatively new, firms like Onaro, Opsware and EMC have developed systems that greatly simplify provisioning and other management tasks.
One problem is that most enterprises are a patchwork of heterogeneous storage environments, each with their own management stacks and interconnections to suit their own (the vendor's) purposes. Without a set of standardized interfaces, it's virtually impossible for a single automation regime to emerge.
And that's a shame because one of the biggest drains on data center efficiency is the legions of control systems and techies needed to run them. A single, overarching management system directing servers, storage and networking sure would be a nice turn of events.