How to deal with a storage capacity crisis

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Sometimes, despite best-laid plans, storage capacity hits the wall and creates an emergency situation. Don't panic -- fix it right

When faced with a storage capacity emergency, you almost always find yourself under enormous pressure to deploy a quick fix. "That's OK, I'll fix it later," you tell yourself, only to live with the unfortunate consequences of your actions for years to come. I know -- it's happened to me.

Runing out of storage unexpectedly in the midst of production is all too common in the era of the enterprise data explosion. Sometimes it happens because proper capacity monitoring isn't in place. Sometimes it's because of an unforeseeable growth spurt in storage consumption. Whatever the cause, the onus is on IT to make more storage available as fast as possible.

The trick to avoiding quick fixes is discipline. Management may clamor for a quick solution, but be steadfast, rearrange your work schedule, and dedicate yourself to fixing it the right way. That's the only way to avoid anguish in the long run.

The "right way" doesn't always need to take much longer than the "wrong way," either. Here are two real-life examples of capacity emergencies and an expedient ways to fix them that won't haunt you forever.

Storage capacity crisis case No. 1: The full file server

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