Once the network and fibre cables are plugged in, many server administrators consider their work finished. Getting the LUNs needed to load their data or doing the magic that allows their server to talk to the world? That's what network and storage teams are for.
Of course, in some organizations, the server admin, network admin and storage admin are one and the same. But whether we're working in small shops or large enterprises, we must understand the impact storage has on overall system performance.
In the case of IBM storage, here's a handy link for your toolkit. The information here is self-explanatory, but I would direct your attention to that Web site's eLearning section. This section features the IBM Learner Portal, where you'll find material on topics like cabling machines, installing hardware and software, and configuring the DS3000, DS4000 and DS5000 storage families. There are also links to webcasts, classroom-based education and a mailing list.
So what does IBM have going for it in a competitive storage market? High-performing devices. Take a few moments to learn about the advantages of IBM storage here. Even if you have no intention of becoming a storage expert, knowing what to look for when you're disks aren't performing as expected will only make your job easier.