Pulling the Thin Provisioning Lever to Improve Storage Management Efficiency

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Executive Summary

IT departments and systems administrators are beset by storage management challenges. The tremendous growth in the amount of digital data, combined with IT staffs that are stretched thin, is driving organizations to simplify operational tasks and to increase utilization rates as measured by storage management tools. One approach that is gaining traction to achieve both of these goals is thin provisioning. However, thin provisioning is not without its issues. Before implementing a thin provisioning storage environment, organizations need to assess the impact on both server and storage infrastructures and carefully evaluate the potential operational risks.

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