Data Center Storage: Cost-Effective Strategies, Implementation, and Management

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CRC Press, Mar 28, 2011 - Business & Economics - 368 pages
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We overspend on data center storage ... yet, we fall short of business requirements. It's not about the technologies. It's about the proper application of technologies to deliver storage services efficiently and affordably. It’s about meeting business requirements dependent on data center storage. Spend less, deliver more.

Data Center Storage: Cost-Effective Strategies, Implementation, and Management provides an industry insider’s insight on how to properly scope, plan, evaluate, and implement storage technologies to maximize performance, capacity, reliability, and power savings. It provides business and use-case focused coverage of storage technology, including storage area networks (SAN), capacity-optimized drives, and solid-state drives. It offers key insights on financially responsible spending for data center storage.

Delivered in accessible language, the book starts with a discussion of the business merits of replacing direct attached, compartmentalized storage with consolidated SAN-attached storage. The author advises on the use of service level applications (SLAs) as a tool to drive business unit collaboration with IT and prioritize those actions that impact productivity and profit from those that are less critical. This business guide to applied technologies disassembles big problems into digestible segments to help you understand, quantify, and fix any problems that arise as you work towards meeting your growing storage needs.

The book builds on the consolidation and SLA driven approach to take advantage of the compelling benefits and potential savings of managed hosting and cloud storage.


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Building Blocks Power and Consolidation
Power and
Service Level Overview
Uptime Reliability and SLAs
Storage Tiering and SLAs
Service Level Agreements and IT Bill
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure VDI
Converged NAS and
Storage for Nontraditional
Projects Within Reach
Managed Hosting Vetting Process
Why Cloud is Relevant
Implementing Cloud Storage in Your

Projects Within Reach
Managing Aging Data and EMail Expenses
Shared Folders and Content
Spending Wisely on Performance
Performance and Backup
The Right Tools for Reliability Uptime
Reliability and Server Failover
Reliability and Continuous Data
Reliability and Data Integrity T10DIF
Storage Virtualization
Virtualization Storage Tiers
Hybrid Cloud
Cloud Spectrum of Options
End Game and Hardware Roadmap
Strategy and Execution
Constructing a Roadmap
Risk Management
Appendix A Storage Protocol Basics
People Process Technology
Root Cause Corrective Action Process

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Mr. Smith is an enterprise storage veteran with 25+ years of experience at Kodak, NCR, Intel, WDC, Samsung, and currently with LSI. He is a published author: Serial ATA Architectures and Applications; and patent holder: USPTO 7,007,142 Network Data Storage-related operations.

Mr. Smith successfully managed 25 tech projects, negotiated and executed 15 significant technology-related business deals, and was a significant contributor in establishing the Serial ATA industry.

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