Improving efficiency of administration of storage environments via scripting techniques and code reuse
Document typeMaster thesis
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Due to the fast evolution of IT infrastructure components, storage manufacturers need to constantly find a way to improve data access as well as find more efficient ways to store data for fast recovery, without impacting the business and administration. Different manufacturers have found multiple functional solutions based on standardized networks such as Storage Area Networks (SAN) and Network Attached Storage (NAS), however those solutions present a challenge for storage administrators, who need to be up to date with the different proprietary solutions for every manufacturer that implements their own operating systems with their own commands to obtain usually the same results. Since T-Systems is one of the biggest IT consulting companies in Spain, it is capable of offering business solutions to heterogeneous customers, each one with different needs, which makes efficiency a must for storage administrators. They need to be able to resolve typical requests (from daily incidents to problems related to storage infrastructures) as fast as possible to keep the customers’ services up and running. In order to obtain the desired results, which is to adapt the output received by storage infrastructure command line interfaces to each customer business need, usually several commands are needed, which requires a lot of time and effort from storage administrators. This is an inefficient way for the administration of an ever growing business. Within this project some mechanisms and guidelines are presented to improve the efficiency of storage environments that contain different manufacturer technologies, by using open source scripting techniques and code reuse to reduce the costs, while allowing scalability and avoiding obsolescence of current automatisms.
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