The enterprise Storage Area Network is a fundamental component of the IT infrastructure supporting the company's critical business information and applications. While most companies have a sizable investment in this area, few have reaped the full potential of their investments. Many companies are either underutilizing their storage and SANs or are having bottleneck issues in I/O paths. I/O bottlenecks impact end-user application performance and can be very difficult to troubleshoot. Enterprises are in need to control their storage capacities by knowing exactly what capacities are installed and allocated at the storage array levels and how well are they being utilized at the host level. Storage capacities can also be maximized by matching storage I/O profiles to the right storage device technology and RAID levels. These are some of the views that we address in our Storage Area Network Rapid Review Assessment Service.

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Storage Area Network Assessment
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• An assessment and evaluation of the current storage area network infrastructure
- We review technologies, architecture, design, infrastructure, service providers, organization and processes to provide an
•....overall view of the enterprise storage and its capabilities
• A gap analysis comparing current networking solutions to business needs and to applicable best practices
• A gap analysis comparing the current IQM capabilities to best practices
• Recommendations for improvement
- Recommendations will be prioritized based on client defined criteria
- Recommendations will be summarized in a road map that will highlight visually task duration and dependencies
In addition to the deliverables listed above, we can also assist our clients in a more detailed full Storage Area Network Assessment and subsequently help implement the approved initiatives. Our Consultants will deliver a detailed report that includes the above deliverables and present the findings to our client's management committee.
Our offering will give clients who are planning storage infrastructure upgrades, experiencing performance bottlenecks, capacity planning challenges, or planning a data center consolidation, a valuable insight that will be instrumental in keeping the project on-track and achieving desired goals. Our objective is to assist our clients in implementing the desired changes successfully and in leveraging the new capabilities for the benefit of the overall organization.
Description
The IT Rapid Review - Storage Area Network Assessment offering provides a fast and efficient assessment and analysis of the current storage area network infrastructure and capabilities within an enterprise. It provides:
Our consultants have expertise in working with large and small organizations to help them identify and achieve maximum benefits for the organization. We have assisted our clients in building business cases for identifying cost-savings in terms of lost storage capacities as well as providing a capacity planning view of the existing infrastructure. The team also has experience in performing process maturity assessments using ITIL guidelines, developing actionable IT strategies, developing architectural plans and improving the storage capacity planning and storage performance.
We team with our clients to develop the assessment based on their goals and business requirements and educate their team in the process. We feel that this is important so our clients can take ownership for the recommendations and will be capable of making continual adjustments to the recommendations as changing business needs demand.
Deliverables
Our service offering delivers the following results:
• An assessment and evaluation of the current storage area network and capabilities
• A gap analysis comparing the current storage solutions to business needs and to applicable best practices
• Recommendations for improvement
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Our consultants will deliver a report that includes the above deliverables and present the findings to our client-selected audience.
Target audience
CXO, IT Executives, Senior Management responsible for the enterprise storage
Capacity Planning Management
Performance Management Group
Storage Engineering
Optional
• Work effort is limited to 2 days for data gathering and assessment and one day for presenting findings in an interactive session
• ITPMG assumes the client has readily available inventory, storage capacity data, performance data (if applicable), prices and costs of all areas or will send to ITPMG within 2 business days upon request
• We also assume that selected IT and user staff are available for completing our assessment and also for interviews
• ITPMG will present findings and recommendations within 7 business days after receipt of all information/data from the client and present to the CEO, CIO, CFO and COO
Work effort may be conducted on-site or off-site as follows:
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