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Storage Management Infrastructure Challenges

data storage on the riseThe storage management needs of most enterprises have, in recent years, grown exponentially. The growth of the Internet coupled with unprecedented automation and the availability of business process applications have all contributed to this fast-growing need for access to data. When combined with legal requirements regarding the archival of historical data, it’s no wonder so many companies face constant storage management infrastructure challenges.

Yet, storage must be managed. The growing amount of data in the enterprise has to be kept, and it has to be kept in such a way that it can be accessed when it needs to be. To alleviate some of the challenges, the industry has moved away from a server-based model toward a network-based model of storage management. While this move has provided some solutions, it’s also created its own challenges.

Here are some of the biggest challenges businesses face in the area of storage management infrastructure:

Managing Data Growth
The first and biggest challenge to storage management infrastructure is, and has always been, dealing with this explosive growth of data. The enterprise must have the right hardware to handle it, and it has to have the right management strategy, too. Add to the mix the fact that you can’t always project how and when your need for data will grow, and you’ve got some serious difficulties in this area.

Interoperability Concerns
The nature of storage management infrastructure is such that not every product from every vendor operates cooperatively with other products, despite the claims. Some systems are proprietary. Sometimes, interoperability concerns rise out of legacy systems. Just trying to integrate diverse operating systems that are all part of the storage management infrastructure can be challenging, as well.

Changing Standards
The storage management industry has searched, in vain, for standards that will not only work properly but will be widely adopted. Newer standards, such as Bluefin and iSCSI, are wonderful technologies. Like older standards such as Fibre Channel, however, these new standards fail to capture a large enough percentage of the market so as to be considered prominent.

Distributed Storage and Architecture
Different users run different applications, but the data required is often the same data. This makes a distributed architecture a necessary evil. However, this architecture creates management challenges that can be difficult to address. At the very least, managing remote storage with the least amount of personnel involvement can be hard to do.

Budget Limitations
Even in the best of economic climates, IT budgets can be restrictive. CIOs and IT managers are cautious about spending money, and these limitations mean that very few companies have a storage management infrastructure solution that truly meets all of their needs.

Qualified storage management infrastructure personnel are hard to come by. In addition, many storage management solutions require a rather high server-to-administrator ratio, making it hard to find enough people who are good at what they do in order to do the job.

When you’re considering a storage management infrastructure solution, it’s important to address each of these challenges as thoroughly as possible.

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