Storage Gone Wild

Frank Ohlhorst
It is becoming ever more important to manage storage and for network managers to be keenly aware of what data is stored where. Today's SAN and NAS devices have become dumping grounds for massive amounts of data, creating a management challenge that is often beyond the means of the typical utility.

Simply put, it amounts to "Storage Gone Wild" (not to be confused with the "gone wild" DVDs for a different market segment), as storage spirals out of control in small, medium and large enterprises. Today, almost anyone can add terabytes of disk storage by simply plugging in a NAS device, USB hard drive or other storage device.

Recently, I took a look at a new product from SolarWinds called Storage Profiler and have come to the conclusion that we are only beginning to see the tip of the iceberg when it comes to managing enterprise storage. Tools such as Storage Profiler are going to become a must-have as storage needs and capacities grow, especially once storage-hungry technologies like virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and Big Data gain momentum in the enterprise.

When it comes down to it, even though storage is cheap, most enterprises are overspending on the management of storage, as well as the storage capacity itself, which translates into waste. A CTO can battle that with the right management tools, so it all comes down to the questions: How do you manage your storage and is your management technology fully inclusive?

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