App-centric storage message falls on fertile ground

Chris Gahagan's timing was faultless for at least one member of his audience last week, as he talked to IT managers in Auckland and Wellington about application-centric storage.

Chris Gahagan’s timing was faultless for at least one member of his audience last week, as he talked to IT managers in Auckland and Wellington about application-centric storage.

Gahagan is the Houston-based head of BMC Software’s storage management business, a position he’s had for 15 months. His message — that efficiency gains can be had by managing storage at an application level — gelled for TVNZ technology manager Stephen Tysoe.

TVNZ is in the midst of a cost review exercise, while also working on implementation of a digital newsroom.

Tysoe says consideration’s being given to rationalising the state broadcaster’s storage systems as part of that activity.

“A storage management suite is quite critical to what we’re doing,” Tysoe says.

Gahagan was pushing BMC’s four-part storage management system, which the company hired him to create.

“BMC is making more investment in storage management than any other business unit,” Gahagan says, because customers are telling it storage is their “biggest pain point”.

It has formed the Application-Centric Storage Management (ACSM) consortium as part of its advocacy of the need to relate storage use to business processes.

For TVNZ, the goal is to integrate storage of business-related data with the much larger volume of digitised broadcast content.

Tysoe says the prospect of being able to use existing storage capacity more efficiently using functionality described by Gahagan could see TVNZ invest in a storage management suite to save costs. If so, that could happen this year.

Tysoe says the SOE is also talking to storage hardware providers Compaq and Hitachi, both of which are ACSM consortium partners.

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