Solving the Storage Capacity Crisis – Tools And Practices For Effective Management

Event Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT

The problems that used to keep storage managers awake at night – power, cooling and physical footprint – are being successfully addressed by technology, but a more vexing issue still remains: How to get more out of the limited supply of skilled storage management professionals.

Demand for storage capacity continues to grow far faster than the pool of people to manage it. With no end in sight to data growth, businesses need to apply technology and practices that distribute management responsibility to the people who need storage, and multiply the volumes of storage that skilled professionals can handle.

In this presentation, IBM Master Inventor Tony Pearson brings you up to speed on the best practices and new tools that are enabling leaps in productivity. He outlines a three-pronged approach to solving the storage capacity crisis:

Abandon the Craftsman Approach. Storage administrators need to discard some long-help myths about storage management and adopt new ways of thinking that enable them to handle significantly greater capacity.

Adopt software tools. Computers can now provide unprecedented guidance on storage optimization so that people don’t have to. Policy-based management, smart provisioning and automated tiering are among the innovations that are powering leaps in productivity.

Consider self-service portals. Companies are now exploring the self-service capabilities of private and public clouds. However, organizations need to adopt policies and limits in place to create an atmosphere of trust that enables efficient self-provisioning for storage.

Learn how to turbo-charge your storage management productivity at this IBM Midsize Business Webinar.


Tony Pearson is a Master Inventor and Senior Managing Consultant in the IBM Software and Systems Group. A 25-year veteran of IBM, he has worked in development, marketing and customer care positions for numerous storage hardware and software products.

Tony holds 19 IBM patents for inventions on storage hardware and software products, and has been named an IBM Master Inventor. In his current role at the IBM Tucson Executive Briefing Center, he presents briefings on storage topics covering the entire system storage product line, as well as Tivoli storage software products.

Tony writes the “Inside System Storage” blog, which is read by thousands of clients, sales reps and IBM business partners every week. It blog was rated one of the top 10 blogs of 2006 for the IT storage industry by Network World and continues to be the third most active blog on IBM DeveloperWorks. He is also the author of the Inside System Storage series of books.

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