There are a number of storage area network (SAN) management tools now on the market to help automate and monitor storage management processes.At Mid-Continent Casualty Insurance Co., Tulsa, Okla., for example, the expansion of the company's SAN introduced an array of new Intel-based servers to the data center.

"Mid-Continent, like a lot of companies now, runs with a very small staff, and does not want to add staff," says Jim Headrick, vice president of Total Data Service Inc., a Cumming, Ga.-based company that built and deployed the insurer's SAN. "Typically, if you go out and add 30 to 40 Intel servers in a whole new SAN fabric, you have to add to headcount to support it."

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