Or maybe the DBAs looking at the editorial agree so completely that there's nothing more to say. I myself sometimes wonder if the SAN administrators get a bonus for not using the space they have. I just finished up a negotiation for space on a new SAN for my daily backups and believe me...it was a negotiation. I heard that SAN space is expensive, everyone else wants space too, etc., etc. Well, I got what I got and we all know I'll have to go back and ask for more in one or two quarters, but it is what it is. I honest believe that corporate database backups just might be slightly more important that a zillion duplicate spreadsheets stored in 3 different network locations.
While I completely agree that we do need to be judicious with how we use the space we've been give, SAN administrators also need to understand the point you made about us not dictating the space requirements. The databases sizes (which we try to keep under control), the backup policies, retention policies and corporate workload (translates into number of databases) dictate the store requirements. We don't control the space, but when we need it, we need it. In the end, we're all supposed to be on the same team and work together so things run smoothly.
Good editorial, Andy. I'm going to use it the next time I have to negotiate space, which probably isn't that far off.
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