EMC storage consolidation can bring a wealth of benefits to your enterprise storage environment including lower operational costs, reduced management stress, lower power and cooling costs, and reduced total cost of ownership.

In an ideal world, your EMC storage consolidation strategy will provide all of these benefits and more to your enterprise and IT staff.

In the real world, a poorly-planned storage consolidation project could leave you with more headaches than benefits. Make sure you’re prepared for your storage consolidation by asking the following questions:

  1. Will the consolidated EMC storage environment meet the future needs of the enterprise? Is there enough capacity to accommodate continued data growth? Evaluate your strategy to be sure that your plan allows for a reasonable amount of usable capacity to accommodate RAID groups and future data growth.
  2. Will the total cost of ownership of the consolidated system be lower than managing multiple systems? Deploying used EMC storage hardware, like EMC disk drives, shelves, and upgrades in your consolidated environment can help reduce the total cost while providing reliable hardware you can depend on.
  3. Will hardware management be simplified through an EMC SAN storage consolidation strategy? Instead of simply implementing a new management system, consolidation should create a more intelligent system that does more for your IT administrators to save them both time and resources.
  4. Are there any potential single points of failure in your consolidation strategy? If so, identify how the system would be impacted if the hardware failed and deploy solutions to mitigate potential failures.

To read the entire list of EMC storage consolidation questions, please visit SearchStorage.com.

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