Here's his take on best practice vs. common practice in Storage Consolidation, for example:
Storage Consolidation Consolidating storage in a SAN or Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a critical strategic prerequisite for server consolidation, boosting availability and disaster recovery across the server infrastructure, and ultimately moving toward an efficiently managed utility infrastructure.
Best Practice Treat storage consolidation as a strategic investment which will impact the entire data center infrastructure. Focus on how a SAN will eliminate inefficient storage silos, improve availability and disaster recovery, provide better utilization and reduced long-term storage capital expense, and enable server consolidation and virtualization. Return on storage investment will be measured in all of these areas.
Common Practice The trigger for storage consolidation is a pressing operational issue, such as looming or present failure of backup and restore processes or a server refresh involving virtualization. This considerable investment is viewed via the lens of solving this single tactical problem (as in, we will need a SAN or NAS to fix backup or to make virtualization work). It is more difficult to cost-justify the investment in terms of a single problem rather than a wider set of issues and opportunities.
Check out the other 10 IT best practices on bMighty.com at 11 IT Best Practices: Monkey See, Monkey Do?