5 ways to redefine the economics of your storage architecture
Director & General Manger, Enterprise Solutions Group, Dell India
or a CIO or an IT manager an eternal challenge exists when it comes to storage — deploying storage infrastructure that delivers the speed and agility required by today’s IT solutions at an affordable price point. In addition to this, with multiplying data and changing IT infrastructure, CIOs are required to prepare their storage architecture to be ‘future-ready.’
More efficient storage systems could free up staff time to benefit the business in other ways, decrease costs, and speed the response to requests for new capabilities. For instance, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre recently deployed a number of healthcare technology initiatives and wanted to invest in a highly scalable storage management system that would meet the capacity demands of data-intensive medical images and records. The institute deployed a storage virtualization solution to deliver a stable, scalable platform for the hospital information system, PACS and electronic medical records. This has helped the institute meet seven years of projected data growth due to high scalability and also double its overall storage capacity.
Organizations can redefine the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of their data center through small changes/additions and the adoption of innovations. In this context, five things organizations should consider before choosing storage architecture are:
1 FLASH AT THE PRICE OF DISK OFFERINGS
Flash storage ensures higher performance and greater business productivity. It is different from the otherwise used disk storage as the retrieval of information is much faster and it has minimum susceptibility to damage. Flash storage, which was otherwise very popular in the consumer space, is now gaining popularity in the enterprise segment because of its potential in High Performance Computing. When assembled in an effective manner, the benefits of flash storage can be availed at the price of the disk.
2 SCALABILITY & ENTERPRISECLASS FUNCTIONALITY
While choosing your storage infrastructure, it is important to keep in mind the growth of your company. Your data and storage requirements are bound to increase over time. Your storage architecture should have the flexibility to support new solutions without having to go through constant and expensive refresh cycles. Additionally, it is important that the storage architecture that you deploy has the characteristics that drive enterprise-class decision making that delivers reliance, reliability and robustness that enterprise-ready storage architecture provides.
Automated tiering means that data is stored only in the most appropriate tiers, therefore optimizing performance and costs. Data gravitates towards the media choice that fits its actual needs and budget considerations. This intelligent use of automation makes storage easier to manage, reduces storage complexity, storage costs and is the hallmark of future-ready storage infrastructure.
4 DATA DEDUPLICATION & STORAGE VIRTUALIZATION
Technologies such as data deduplication, which refers to the process of finding and eliminating duplicate pieces of data stored in different data sets is said to reduce data storage needs by as much as 90 percent. Additionally, storage virtualization that enables enterprises to abstract multiple storage devices into a single pool of storage helps administrators move data in tiers. Considering the inclusion of such technology for your storage infrastructure can ensure greater benefits.
5 CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE
Converged infrastructure (CI) is an approach to data center management that turns disparate data center components such as storage, servers, networking, etc., into a single device that can be centrally managed. It helps minimize compatibility issues and simplifies the management of servers, storage systems and network devices while reducing costs for cabling, cooling, power and floor space. In fact, a Dell commissioned Forrester study found that 95 percent of IT leaders and storage admins indicated that they see value in buying storage from the same vendor from whom they buy server, networking, system-management or IT services as they felt that a deeper relationship with a smaller number of vendors can build trust, provide technology synergies that ease management and streamline support relationships.
In conclusion, in order to stay ahead of the times, organizations must be willing to take calculated risks and capitalize on the innovations that the market presents.
S Sridhar is Director & eneral Manger, Enter rise Sol tions ro , Dell India