Storage Resource Management

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In computing, Storage Resource Management (SRM) involves optimizing the efficiency and speed with which a storage area network (SAN) utilizes available drive space.[1]

Data growth averages around 50% to 100% per year.[citation needed] Companies are faced with rising hardware costs and also the increased costs of managing their storage. Storage professionals who are facing out-of control data growth are looking at SRM to help them navigate the storage environment.[citation needed] SRM identifies underutilized capacity, identifies old or non-critical data that could be moved to less-expensive storage, and helps predict future capacity requirements.

SRM has evolved beyond quota management. As of 2012 it includes functions such as storage area network (SAN) management.

Providers of SRM solutions include:

  • NetApp OnCommand Insight (OCI / formerly known as Onaro SANScreen). Customers world-wide have been using OnCommand Insight for ~ 13 years now to manage their heterogeneous Storage environments. OnCommand Insight helps large enterprise customers manage capacity, performance, forecasting, multi-tenant billing in traditional and cloud environments. Operations teams also use Insight for their day to day Storage Operations and to manage Risk associated with managing mission critical Storage environments. With a flexible and massively scalable architecture Insight brings the best of traditional resource management features along with the ability to monitor, report on and bill in private cloud, hybrid-IT and rapidly transforming Storage environments.
  • APTARE[2]
  • DataCore Software
  • Symantec
  • Northern Parklife
  • IBM (Tivoli Storage Productivity Center)
  • Visual Storage Intelligence®
  • EMC Corporation


  1. ^ Definitions. “What is storage resource management.” Retrieved September 9, 2009.
  2. ^ By Kevin Komiega, InfoStor. “APTARE SRM targets virtual servers.” April 1, 2009. Retrieved September 9, 2009.