Fabric / Storage Administration

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Currently today, we have a group that administers our storage from end to end (HBA to switch to storage cabinet). Our CIO is looking to give the responsibility of our Fabric to our Networking folks. I was just wondering how other places layed out the responbility of the different aspects of managing the SAN.
ASKED: August 1, 2006  9:33 AM
UPDATED: August 28, 2008  2:41 PM

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Well the CIO’s idea sounds very feasible if your SAN technology is iSCSI. Configuration of the actual storage boxes would still be a System Admin type job if by network people you meant your company’s dedicated network engineers.

If you are using other SAN technology things might get a little less clear that your network engineers inherentially have most of the required knowledge. Perhaps they are close enough to pick it up easily if your company uses a lot of Fiber optics on the regular network and controls their own SONET WAN and telecomm links. Otherwise…

Still I can see the CIO looking unfavorably at SAN people drawing big salaries and sitting on their hands most the time (hopefully).

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  • Epeterson
    Our storage group manages the SAN. These are the things that we dont do; physical install of HBA & install of driver or path management software (both done by sysadmin with storage group guidance), run the cable between host & switch (done by network operations), any volume manager work (done by sysadmin). We do verify that the luns provisioned can be seen by the host before we turn over to sysadmin for volume manager work. Our SAN is fibre channel.
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