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Storage Performance Management on a Budget

Storage management is, in many ways, at the heart of many businesses. Your company needs its data, and it needs to be able to access that data quickly and utilize it for its intended purposes. Part of making sure that this happens is keeping on top of your storage performance management.

There are plenty of storage performance management solutions available on the market. Unfortunately, storage performance management isn’t an inexpensive investment. You’re going to have to shell out some money, and it’s not always money that your department has.

When you need storage performance management solutions but are on a budget, here are several principles you should keep in mind:

•    Make sure the solution integrates with your environment. You should look for a single solution that will handle your storage performance needs from one end of the enterprise to the other. If you have to piecemeal your solutions, you’re going to incur much more severe costs in the long term. Make sure the solution can handle your Unix servers, as well as your Exchange servers.

•    Prioritize desired features. You might want to have automated network discovery, but some solutions don’t offer effective discovery. Pick and choose the features that you know you’re going to need, and accept the fact that you’re going to have to deal with some less functionality than what you were hoping for.

•    Stay focused on business priorities. Your storage performance solution needs to be able to give you the tools you need in order to provide availability to your end users that need it most. If you can’t allocate and reallocate resources in an effective way, the storage management application just won’t do.

•    Be realistic. If you can’t afford to implement a solution, you may need to go back to the well. Build a business case and take it to upper management. Be sure to outline exactly what benefits a good storage performance management solution can provide to your business. Express those benefits in business terms, and demonstrate the long-term savings provided by the efficiency that storage performance management will bring.

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