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Vol. 4 No. 1 March 2005

Rescue stranded storage

This article first appeared in "Storage" magazine in the March issue. For more articles of this type, please visit What you will learn from this tip: How SRM products can help you discover capacity that isn't accessible to an array. If you've ever had a SAN, you know provisioning storage is a complex, error-prone process and things don't always go exactly as planned. The result is often "stranded" storage -- capacity that for one reason or another isn't accessible to an array. There are three basic types of stranded storage, says Paula Dallabetta, marketing director at CreekPath Systems, a storage management software vendor: Raw storage that's never been configured. Configured storage that points to nothing. "Orphaned" storage: storage that was presented to a server, but was never tied to a file system or volume manager. There are many reasons storage gets stranded, says Ed Palmer, senior director, product management at storage resource management (SRM) vendor Storability Software. Examples include ...

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    How SRM products can help you discover capacity that isn't accessible to an array.

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