Building an effective storage infrastructure demands a broad
understanding of current data capacity, data classification and data
growth trends. Sun StorEdgeTM Resource Management Suite Software can
help optimize the storage infrastructure. With the Sun StorEdgeTM
TCO challenge, Sun can help IT managers reclaim at least ten percent of
their annual storage budget.
Or conversely, Sun can help IT managers increase their storage
utilization by at least ten percent. Either way, IT managers can
apply Sun's knowledge toward best practices to significantly improve
service-level agreements while reducing risk.
Register for the Sun StorEdge TCO Challenge
If eligible, IT managers will receive a 50 percent discount on a Sun
storage assessment (normally $20,000 (US)). They will also get a Data
Interpretation Report detailing their storage environment. If Sun can't
identify ways to reclaim at least ten percent of the annual storage
budget, IT managers get the Sun Storage Assessment fee back and can
keep the Data Interpretation Report. See Official Rules.
Take the Sun StorEdge TCO Challenge:
Also on the Sun Web site is a white paper "Storage ONE Tuning the Storage
Infrastructure to the Needs of the Application."
Businesses are faced with the challenge of balancing quality of storage
service with total cost of ownership to effectively monitor and measure
service level agreements in expanding storage environments. These
corporations struggle to satisfy user requirements without compromising
Storage ONE is Sun's initiative to deliver an integrated and automated
storage management solution focused on delivering application storage
service levels commensurate with the applications net value to the
In the past, to combat increasing demand for storage, companies were
quick to add more capacity since the cost/MB of storage had been
steadily falling. With the recent economic downturn, however, IT
budgets have fallen under scrutiny and IT managers have been forced to
defer IT purchases and do more with less.
The economic downturn has also resulted in IT staff hiring freezes and
consequently, the amount of capacity managed per company has in some
cases doubled while the number of IT administrators responsible for
managing that capacity has not.
Compounding this problem further has been the adoption of new storage
architectures such as storage area networks (SANs) and network attached
storage (NAS), which introduce a new level of complexity. IT is faced
with managing a heterogeneous storage, systems, and networks enterprise
with staff levels, skills and tools that are difficult to obtain.
Without automated solutions to proactively monitor, report and manage
this growth, storage return on investment will be poor and service
levels will suffer.
For more on the white paper:
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