Chapter 3

Storage Consolidation

Compartmentalized storage is one of those real-world, commonly encountered, expensive problems that flies below the radar. Reducing compartmentalization is an area where IT departments can both improve service levels and save money in the same motion.

Even in companies with the most advanced IT departments employing advanced technologies for mainstream applications, there is always compartmentalized storage that can be found and improved upon.

Information Weeks “2009 State of Storage” report states: “The storage used most by respondents is good old-fashioned direct attached storage.”

Direct attached storage (DAS) means one server, directly attached to storage. For one server or a couple of servers, direct attached ...

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