In this slide show, developed and edited by eWEEK and putting to work industry information from Chief Technology Officer Laz Vekiarides of ClearSky Data, we offer nine important questions every IT manager or storage admin should ask his or her team at least once a year.
Whenever an IT administrator ranks his highest-level data center pain points, it's a safe bet that IT storage—and the bottlenecks that inhabit that space—will be high on the list. Some say that storage can be expensive, others find it hard to manage, and many report that most storage hardware needs to be replaced roughly every three years. As storage IT becomes more virtualized, automated and complex, IT administrators need to ask questions about which choices make sense today and how they should prepare for the options they'll face tomorrow. Among the data management questions that should be on every IT administrator's mind are those that focus on storage, scalability, speed, spending, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and more.