News
6/2/2010
05:20 PM
George Crump
George Crump
Commentary
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Guided Storage Analysis

Software tools that provide storage and data protection analysis are very useful. They can help inventory, monitor and bring to your attention problems in the environment. Typically there are two challenges that I see with these tools however. First, they don't provide recommendations on what to do about a problem and they don't help you prioritize and organized your addressing of the problem.

Software tools that provide storage and data protection analysis are very useful. They can help inventory, monitor and bring to your attention problems in the environment. Typically there are two challenges that I see with these tools however. First, they don't provide recommendations on what to do about a problem and they don't help you prioritize and organized your addressing of the problem.The best way to describe the first problem of not providing recommendations on how to address an issue is that these tools will tell you that the patient is bleeding but they won't tell you where or how to suture the wound. For example, they may tell you that certain backup jobs are taking longer to complete than normal but won't tell you potential reasons why. Some won't even report the anomaly, you have to manually figure that out by analyzing trending data.

Storage management and data protection management tools should automatically analyze trending information and alert you to changes in the environment or its processes. When something is wrong these tools should interact with a knowledge base of some sort to help give recommendations on what to do to fix the problems that are being identified. One of the best solutions for this is interaction with an online community that uses the tool. I've seen several where a user can post in a forum what their storage management tool is telling them and then users can provide advice on what they should do about it.

The second problem deals with the reality that most IT administrators don't have the luxury of scheduling time to deal with problems in their day and that most problems come in waves when you have the least time to fix them. I'd like to see storage management and data protection analysis tools move to address this, providing organizational help to the IT administrator. Imagine being able to log in to a console and have the system guide you through what you should do each day. It could have you address problems that are affecting SLAs first and address more minor problems second. When there is available time in the day the software could even provide you with tasks to focus on that are not causing failures but tasks that are impacting performance and could lead to future failures. Think about it, a tool that helps you to be proactive instead of reactive.

Progress is being made along these fronts. There are a few tools now that are comparing storage or data protection failures to their affect on SLAs which helps greatly with prioritizing failed tasks. The next step is helping guide the IT administrator through their day.

Track us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/storageswiss

Subscribe to our RSS feed.

George Crump is lead analyst of Storage Switzerland, an IT analyst firm focused on the storage and virtualization segments. Find Storage Switzerland's disclosure statement here.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Threat Intel Today
Threat Intel Today
The 397 respondents to our new survey buy into using intel to stay ahead of attackers: 85% say threat intelligence plays some role in their IT security strategies, and many of them subscribe to two or more third-party feeds; 10% leverage five or more.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-3352
Published: 2014-08-30
Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (aka Cisco Cloud Portal) 2008.3_SP9 and earlier does not properly consider whether a session is a problematic NULL session, which allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive information via crafted packets, related to an "iFrame vulnerability," aka Bug ID CSCuh...

CVE-2014-3908
Published: 2014-08-30
The Amazon.com Kindle application before 4.5.0 for Android does not verify X.509 certificates from SSL servers, which allows man-in-the-middle attackers to spoof servers and obtain sensitive information via a crafted certificate.

CVE-2010-5110
Published: 2014-08-29
DCTStream.cc in Poppler before 0.13.3 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) via a crafted PDF file.

CVE-2012-1503
Published: 2014-08-29
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Six Apart (formerly Six Apart KK) Movable Type (MT) Pro 5.13 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the comment section.

CVE-2013-5467
Published: 2014-08-29
Monitoring Agent for UNIX Logs 6.2.0 through FP03, 6.2.1 through FP04, 6.2.2 through FP09, and 6.2.3 through FP04 and Monitoring Server (ms) and Shared Libraries (ax) 6.2.0 through FP03, 6.2.1 through FP04, 6.2.2 through FP08, 6.2.3 through FP01, and 6.3.0 through FP01 in IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM)...

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
This episode of Dark Reading Radio looks at infosec security from the big enterprise POV with interviews featuring Ron Plesco, Cyber Investigations, Intelligence & Analytics at KPMG; and Chris Inglis & Chris Bell of Securonix.