Deploying SRM

Users and analysts offer the following suggestions for purchasing and deploying storage resource management (SRM) software:

Identify your management needs at the start of the process. SRM as a category encompasses a wide range of functions, from basic discovery to complex storage process automation. Before you start talking to vendors, identify the particular functionality you need.

Walk before you run. It is difficult to deploy the full suite of SRM functionality at once, even if you want all the components. Start with a few basic functions you can build on, such as discovery, reporting and automated alerts. Later, you can gradually add more functionality and expand to more hosts, platforms and devices. Discovery is considered the key to everything that comes after.

Pay attention to your reporting needs. Most SRM products come with a basic set of reports out of the box. The ability to customize reports or create completely new ones differs greatly from vendor to vendor. Some offer their own reporting language; others rely on a standard such as Structured Query Language. If possible, avoid having to customize reports at all.

Be careful about deploying automation. It requires that you have well-defined, detailed storage procedures in place. Many organizations, however, do not have documented storage procedures at all. This is more of an organizational challenge than a technical one.


  • Congress
    U.S. Capitol (Photo by M DOGAN / Shutterstock)

    Funding bill clears Congress, heads for president's desk

    The $1.3 trillion spending package passed the House of Representatives on March 22 and the Senate in the early hours of March 23. President Trump is expected to sign the bill, securing government funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2018.

  • 2018 Fed 100

    The 2018 Federal 100

    This year's Fed 100 winners show just how much committed and talented individuals can accomplish in federal IT. Read their profiles to learn more!

  • Census
    How tech can save money for 2020 census

    Trump campaign taps census question as a fund-raising tool

    A fundraising email for the Trump-Pence reelection campaign is trying to get supporters behind a controversial change to the census -- asking respondents whether or not they are U.S. citizens.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.