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What is Storage Management?

Storage Management refers to devices and processes, as well as actual software to manage data storage and memory management in large companies. Storage Management includes the technologies and processes IT uses to maximize or optimize the performance of existing data storage resources. IT Central Station users are functioning within this very broad category, which includes virtualization, replication, mirroring, compression, security, encryption at rest, process automation, traffic analysis and storage provisioning.

Storage Management is subject to the prevailing business requirements of the enterprise storage landscape. These days Storage Management has evolved to combinations of on-premises, cloud storage, hybrid cloud storage and multi-cloud storage. Expandability and scalability will depend on strategy and inherent needs for a company and how the enterprise functions and interacts with access to its data.

Many in the industry estimate that the quantity of digital information stored by various available means is doubling every year. Storage Management solutions empower key IT opinion leaders to customize their particular storage needs.

IT professionals can simplify the Storage Management of networks and devices, which allows organizations to save time and the staff needed to maintain storage systems. This provides the benefit of a lower overall storage operating costs. IT Central Station users are looking to leaner costs for Storage Management by incorporating storage virtualization, deduplication and compression. This allows companies to better utilize their existing storage.

The benefits of these approaches for IT Central Station users include a lower initial capital expenditure and ongoing lower IT costs for maintaining devices and systems. However, scope, functionality, compatibility and ease of use carry equal weight when deciding on day-to- day IT resource management.


Storage Management Reviews

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Real User
Storage Architect at US Navy
Nov 02 2017

What is most valuable?

Being able to immediately look at my data. See the sizing, where I'm at on different virtual machines. Also, the most important thing, is IOPS. We have people - we support their applications - that are all the time complaining about slowness.... more»

How has it helped my organization?

We do a lot of databases within that app and we had a problem with a lot of our databases running slowly. Once we got OCI, we started seeing where the IOPS were really failing us. We actually found that we had built some machines too big.... more»

What needs improvement?

Maybe a little bit more graphical interface. Right now - and this is going to sound really weird - but whatever the biggest server is, the one that is utilizing the most storage space, instead of showing me that server and how much storage... more»
Dell EMC
Real User
Technical Team Lead at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Feb 08 2017

What is most valuable?

The review concerns EMC VPLEX product, which can be purchased/used in two different ways : 1) VPLEX Local 2) VPLEX Metro. VPLEX Local is used to virtualize the storage locally, within the same data center. With VPLEX Local, one possible use... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I’ll give four examples: * VPLEX Local configuration: We did experience a serious issue where a storage array needed to be rebooted on a production environment. Fortunately this array was encapsulated under VPLEX, and so we were able to... more»

What needs improvement?

Much room for improvement exists. For example: * Storage tiering cannot be handled by VPLEX, as it is performed by back end arrays. It would be great if we can configure tiering between arrays! * When configuring a mirror (RAID1) device on... more»
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Real User
Lead Systems Administrator at a retailer with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 05 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of OCI is the ability to correlate a lot of different data sources together. It's very difficult to get a picture from just looking at the storage view. The fact that it allows you pull in your VMware information and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It's improved the organization in that, when people complained about an issue in the past, we had to go to all these different systems to look at the performance data; going into vSphere, going into SolarWinds. This ties it all together in... more»

What needs improvement?

I think there's still a piece of it that's external, the Java interface. I think that's all starting to get integrated into the whole HTML5, and once it's all integrated together, I think that's probably going to be better. I'm looking... more»
Real User
IT Director at a construction company with 51-200 employees
May 07 2017

What is most valuable?

One really big word - AppStack. AppStack literally changes the way you look at your applications. An outstanding visual representation and drill down into your environment is unlike anything I was used to seeing from other vendors. The NOC... more»

How has it helped my organization?

SAM gives us true insight into our key applications and other applications. Understanding the response time, static data, physical memory hit, and CPU load of each of your key applications allows you to budget better. It also helps you plan... more»

What needs improvement?

SAM is a very mature product and needs little in the ways of improvements. I would suggest some more customized views, and maybe a different approach to alerting and events reporting. However, the process they have is good and useful.
Real User
Open Systems Architect at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 17 2018

What is most valuable?

We have been able to take advantage of the new feature offered where we are able to create tickets and send snaps through the Storage Insights tool directly to support. This has really helped us save time. You do not have to call in, and all... more»

How has it helped my organization?

One of the benefits is that it has helped us with the base FlashSystem storage GUI. You only get a five minute snapshot of performance, so with the Insights tool you can get a much broader spectrum of storage captures for 24 hours or longer,... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see is more information regarding the copy groups (the replication). We have set up remote replication with change volumes, and I would like see more information about the links between the two sites, so we can know if there... more»
Consultant
Technology Architect at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 05 2017

What is most valuable?

It is the reporting functionality. We haven't gone to the extent where we are using the anomaly detection, but from a reporting perspective and single-pane-of-glass perspective, to look at our heterogeneous infrastructure, it is doing a great... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Right now, it's our single pane of glass to monitor our entire infrastructure. It is the first point of troubleshooting where we go to see any anomaly, or for troubleshooting any performance issue. It's doing a good job so far. We're happy.... more»

What needs improvement?

It's the interop matrix. And if there was a chance to orchestrate on a heterogeneous structure using OCI, that would be a great start; or at least a plugin to each one of them, that would be a great start too. Also, right now we don't have... more»
CA Technologies
Real User
Information Systems Specialist at a government
Feb 13 2017

What is most valuable?

At this point, we use it a lot for our DR and our business continuity stuff, our tape management, which is what we heavily rely on it for. To me, the CA 1 tool is the industry standard. I personally enjoy the fact that I get great support... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The stability has improved my organization. It's reliable. In our line of work, we need to be able to recover things; and being able to rely on a product and know that it's going to work. We don't even think twice about it.

What needs improvement?

Providing areas with room for improvement is a tough one because it really is the industry standard. It's such a good tool. At this point, I think I need a little bit better understanding, to be honest, on some of the stuff that they do with... more»
Real User
Storage And Backup Tools Manager at a tech services company
Oct 22 2017

What is most valuable?

Scalability: If you're from a large enterprise, it's easy for us to go into customer environments and pull the data out. It's very security-friendly. There's also the reporting suite, and the extensibility of that is fantastic. As well as we... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Definitely, the single pane of glass for capacity management. Every customer has multiple vendors of storage, which allows us to bring those into a single report, deliver those, not just to engineers, but also to the operations level and... more»

What needs improvement?

The UI: They have been growing and changing. There's been some growing pains with that, but they are moving into the new HTML5 interface, which is fantastic. They are hitting on all the right points, but it's never going to be a perfect... more»
Real User
Storage Engineer at Web.Com
Oct 16 2017

What is most valuable?

I like the performance side the most. When we have an issue going on currently in the environment, the graphing of all the data helps pinpoint where the issue might be. For the reporting side, the data warehouse side, if you're good with... more»

How has it helped my organization?

I'd say for the cDOT side of it, yes. We had a solution for 7-mode, but for cDOT we didn't really have anything yet, so it helped by making sure that our NetApp source is staying healthy and our implementations are working.

What needs improvement?

They've already got better stuff coming out. I don't know what else I could need, honestly. Before, they had the fiber channel for switches on there; I think they are already coming out with ethernet, the other boards. That was what I wanted... more»
Real User
Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 22 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the ease of use. The ability to get into a storage device and look at whatever you are trying to look at as far as performance, then obtain the reports that you need to do your analytical work.

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits would be mostly the ability to diagnose a problem. For example, if we have a customer who has increased latency, stating that they are having problems with their storage and they want us to take a look at their storage systems... more»

What needs improvement?

If we were to add VM level performance being able to monitor VMs on a VM level, then that would be good. Right now, the way Spectrum Control performs VM inventory, it does not really pull VM performance data. I would be nice if we could have... more»
Real User
Storage Administrator with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 04 2017

What is most valuable?

What I get out of it: the day-to-day monitoring. In my role as an administrator, I'm primarily responsible for operational functionality, so I mostly use it to keep an eye on the system and make sure that we're meeting our SLAs and we're up... more»

How has it helped my organization?

Since we have to monitor multiple systems, it gives us a single pane of glass to look at all of our environments. Also, to compare and contrast, if one environment is having some issues, we can judge it against the other environments to make... more»

What needs improvement?

Alerting: It's not complicated, but with so many groups involved in setting up something like an SNMP trap, or even an email alerting system, so many different groups have to get involved. If there was a simpler way to do that, to bypass a... more»
Real User
Systems Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Oct 16 2017

What is most valuable?

It's probably the performance trending and the analytics that we have on that. We didn't have good insight into what our systems were doing until we had that product. We also started installing the anomaly piece of that, so that's neat to... more»

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are just allowing us to get a better view of our environment, because today we just don't know what's happening. I know it's going to help us change our services that we offer today. Now, we're going to be able to set up... more»

What needs improvement?

It has a lot already. But if they would just continue the platform support for other vendors besides NetApp on the OCI part. Just to get more of our storage vendors involved. The UI is friendly. But I think we'd like to see more graphics on... more»
Real User
Sr. Analyst Technical Engrg at a individual & family service with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 18 2017

What do you think of CA Allocate DASD Space and Placement?

Valuable Features It stops ABENDs, space ABENDs from occurring. It stops B37 ABENDs from happening. It prevents programs from ABENDing on the system, it does an automatic extension. That’s the feature we like.  • Room for Improvement I've never had any real issues with the product. • Use of Solution More than five years. • Stability Issues It's very stable. • Scalability Issues It seems to be very scalable. • Customer Service and Technical Support Their tech support folks were very helpful in explaining things. I rate them as excellent. • Previous Solutions We installed it as a replacement for a similar product from another vendor. We did that for cost reasons. We were using a BMC product. It was time for a renewal. We looked at the price and thought we...
Real User
Storage Services Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 05 2017

What is most valuable?

The ability to collect data from every other manufacturer like NetApp, HPE 3PAR - all the different storage products.

How has it helped my organization?

I can get the overall usage, performance and, later, we see all the details across the board.

What needs improvement?

I think there was an issue with the actual usage of some of the storage, so that could be a little bit more detail we can get in to. Also helpful would be cloud integration or even assessment in going towards, "Will this footprint be viable... more»
CA Technologies
Real User
Mainframe Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 07 2018

What is most valuable?

Mainly, we use the product to manage the tapes. It's so stable that we only use the graphical interface of the virtual tapes. Sometimes we use it to review some files to see the status of our archives. Mainly, we use it for backup and... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It has become easy to backup and archive all our system data and financial data. It helps us mainly in managing the backup of our databases, and it is easy to retrieve that data and find it in a secure place. It has become easy to locate the... more»

What needs improvement?

When we want to interface the CA 1 product with other vendors, IBM or others, it is difficult to interface it with them, because you need some exits, you need to compile some assemblers. It is difficult to interface it with different vendors... more»
Real User
Storage Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Dec 07 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are monitoring, trending and automation.

How has it helped my organization?

As a storage administrator, it has helped me to control my storage capacity and keep it clean in terms of both data and storage. It allows us not to purchase storage as aggressively as we used to; this has helped our organization.

What needs improvement?

There are many things that they need to improve. It is a work-in-progress product. As and when we find issues, we contact their support team and they are always quick to react. It is based on the Windows Server that creates data on the... more»
Real User
System Administrator at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees
Nov 05 2017

What do you think of NetApp OnCommand Insight?

Valuable Features The ease of use, because we don't have much time to learn all the new things. • Improvements to My Organization The things we're able to derive, we're able to use that and figure out what the next steps would be that bring value to the company, or our organization. We get strategic insights and plan ahead. • Room for Improvement Perhaps integration with other platforms; any other monitoring, other kinds of storage platforms. • Stability Issues It's OK so far. I don't think we push it to the limit of what it can do, so I think it's been pretty stable for us. It's been pretty good so far. We haven't really found time to upgrade it, so we've been pretty happy with where we're at. I forget what version we're at. But so far it's been OK. Like I said,...
Real User
Technical Engineer at FBL Financial Group
Oct 23 2017

What is most valuable?

The Performance Manager: Where we get performance statistics. It is about the best method we have right now that we have for monitoring our individual virtual machines.

How has it helped my organization?

We have the server team actually logging into it and looking at it now. It's a good way to tell right away if it's the storage or the virtual machine.

What needs improvement?

Just make it one product, not in pieces like performance and discovery. Stop having all these individual pieces. Pricing by terabytes, not the end of the world, and that's okay. Stop if I want this, I have to buy that. Just release it as a... more»
Real User
Senior Data Protection Specialist at Cox Enterprises
Oct 31 2017

What is most valuable?

It gives us the ability to report on all our storage environment. It gives us a way to monitor, visualize, and pinpoint problems. We can focus on and project usage growth. We can also monitor and measure performance of all the stores. We can... more»

How has it helped my organization?

It gives us a lot of data that, years ago, we didn't have. We can present that in order to prepare, when we're going to buy new equipment. We know, when we create a lifecycle, how long it's going to last, the current equipment, and what are... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see more performance features on the flash storage and also on the backup appliances. Also the ability to analyze NAS, NFS and CIFS protocols and cloud protocols.
Real User
Architect at a tech company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Feb 27 2017

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of either of the SRM tools, were the reporting and real-time ability to show management that additional storage was required or in regards to who was using what storage and bandwidth. All the attributes of the tool had real importance, when you needed time to create some reports for the management and to email those reports on a... more»

What needs improvement?

By the time they rolled out its predecessor SMC and Unisphere, the old ECC was trying to do too much within a large enterprise environment. We were unhappy as no one from EMC heard our plea for assistance and it became expensive in terms of the license and the amount of resources it took. Simply put, in the past the vendor support model was not broad enough to... more»
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