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March 28, 2008


Peter Kraatz

I agree with the central theme of "less is better" and the approach we take in the EMC consulting practices expands upon that theme somewhat by saying "get granular, then reduce the grains..."

We do this by dividing the "storage" into its purposeful buckets by Service Area- Primary Storage, Operational Recovery, Disaster Recovery, and Archive Storage. Each of these Service Areas is tiered with a catalog and reference architecture to support it, so while Primary Storage may have 3 tiers, Archive could have 7, D.R. might have 1, and Operational Recovery (backup) 4- all based on business requirements and nothing more.

It is the business requirements that should drive the tiering design and the storage team should be building the smallest number of solutions to meet ALL the requirements. As you point out, the same technology solution can be applied to multiple problems, minimizing complexity.

I am of course oversimplifying for space here, but the "new toy" illustrated in your link above highlights a common error of thought in the marketplace (and one you've alluded to): that all storage solutions have something to do with disk, and primary disk at that. Hogwash. If it were true, we'd have no filing cabinets left.

Only by breaking down the problem according to business requirements and service functions can you really solve the problem in a lasting way.

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

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