Storage Management of Disk based and Tape based back up, adherence to back up policy, software driven automated back up, periodic full back up, off-site storage and any other custom requirements of clients.
The term storage management encompasses the technologies and processes organizations use to maximize or improve the performance of their data storage resources. It is a broad category that includes virtualization, replication, mirroring, security, compression, traffic analysis, process automation, storage provisioning and related techniques.
By some estimates, the amount of digital information stored in the world’s computer systems is doubling every year. As a result, organizations feel constant pressure to expand their storage capacity. However, doubling a company’s storage capacity every year is an expensive proposition. In order to reduce some of those costs and improve the capabilities and security of their storage solutions, organizations turn to a variety of storage management solutions.
Many storage management technologies, like storage virtualization, deduplication and compression, allow companies to better utilize their existing storage. The benefits of these approaches include lower costs — both the one-time capital expenses associated with storage devices and the ongoing operational costs for maintaining those devices.
Most storage management techniques also simplify the management of storage networks and devices. That can allow companies to save time and even reduce the number of IT workers needed to maintain their storage systems, which in turn, also reduces overall storage operating costs.
Storage management can also help improve a data center’s performance. For example, compression and technology can enable faster I/Os, and automatic storage provisioning can speed the process of assigning storage resources to various applications.
In addition, virtualization and automation technologies can help an organization improve its agility. These storage management techniques make it possible to reassign storage capacity quickly as business needs change, reducing wasted space and improving a company’s ability to respond to evolving market conditions.
Finally, many storage management technologies, such as replication, mirroring and security, can help a data center improve its reliability and availability. These techniques are often particularly important for backup and archive storage, although they also apply to primary storage. IT departments often turn to these technologies for help in meeting SLAs or achieving compliance goals
Because storage management is such a broad category, it’s difficult to provide detailed instructions on how to install or how to use storage management technologies. In general, storage management technology can be deployed as software or it can be included in a hardware device. Storage management techniques can be applied to primary, backup or archived storage. Deployment and implementation procedures will vary widely depending on the type of storage management selected and the vendor. In addition, the skills and training of storage administrators and other personnel add another level to an organization’s storage management capabilities.