SRM disciplines at a glance

Asset Management tracks and keeps records of all physical storage hardware on a network.

Capacity Management compiles real-time and historical data about physical storage media such as disks and about logical storage resources on a network, such as unused space on specific volumes.

Chargeback acts as an accountant for billing end-user departments for used storage capacity and other storage-related network resources.

Configuration Management determines how to best arrange current physical network storage, such as a disk subsystem and SAN switches.

Data/Device/Media Migration enables large amounts of data, such as a data warehouse, to be moved from one system to another. Events Management and Alerts notify systems administrators of errors with storage devices in the network, such as a hard-drive failure, and record all events.

Performance Management provides an ongoing view of application, server and subsystem performance, such as excessive I/O from application servers.

Policy Management specifies rules or policies for managing hardware, files, users, schedules and media.

Quota/Space Management optimizes disk usage by assigning specific space allotments to end users and reclaiming wasted space.

Removable Media Management maintains a history of on- and off-site tape, optical storage and other media.