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IT storage administrator sees more business than bytes
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of October 2017, Vol. 16, No. 8
Bob Dylan memorably intoned, "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows," pointing out that some shifts in the nature of things are easy to discern, if not so easy to accept. Similarly, a veteran IT storage administrator doesn't need a weatherman to tell that the climate for storage in the data center has certainly changed over the past few years. And whether that change is a warming up or cooling down, the tinkering with the IT thermostat is having a chilling effect on some storage jockeys. But it's hardly the onset of a storage ice age. It's more like a changing of the seasons. Hyper-converged, software-defined, cloud, virtual: These aren't just buzzwords; they're where storage has gone and is heading. It's hardly news that the days of the storage guru are winding down -- at least in some respects. Storage has gotten smarter, easier to use and a lot less complicated. And there's nothing wrong with that. As much as you might've reveled in LUN configuration as some arcane art, fess up; it really wasn't ever ...
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