How to Put Storage Automation to Work

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2016-02-01 Email

In today's data-centric world, storage automation is a critical tool for organizations. However, provisioning and deploying automation tools and technologies is an increasingly challenging task. It typically involves launching and configuring Web servers, deploying clouds, stopping and restarting services, creating new accounts, and handling RAID grouping and drive sparing requirements. A recent study from flash storage vendor SolidFire, "The 2015 Storage Automation Report: How IT professionals are utilizing and benefiting from automation of the storage layer," examined the current state of storage, the problems that organizations face, and how automation can aid in building a better data center and enterprise data framework. "Storage automation adoption is closely tied with the evolution of the data center," according to the report. "As the adoption of cloud-native designs and IT infrastructure architectures goes, so too goes the adoption of new or different methods of automating the storage layer." The survey of more than 300 global IT professionals offers insights into the drivers behind storage automation, what tools and interfaces IT professionals are using, preferences around storage management plug-ins and software development kits, and the benefits realized by implementing storage automation.

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

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