by Todd Cox, Chief Technology Officer and Lead IT Architect
When I ask Chief Information Officers what their biggest source of frustration is around storage and storage management, clearly it involves managing the growth of storage and really getting to the “true” price per terabyte on the floor. The true cost of enterprise disk has nothing to do with the price of the hardware, as most storage vendors are buying their disk drives from the same manufacturers. The real value of storage in the data center today is the software functionality that is built into their offerings, allowing for truly efficient management of their storage environment. Functionality like compression, de-duplication and storage tiering become critical strategies when looking to drive down the price per usable terabyte.
Unstructured file system data, sometimes called “big data” is driving many of our customers’ expanding storage needs. Often I see clients storing information that has not been accessed for 12 months or more, yet it is sitting on very expensive disk. Why do companies do this? Simply, they have neither the tools to identify obsolete or orphaned data, nor policies in place for dealing with this dilemma. There must be a better way, you say? You’re right, there is. Through technologies like tiering and information lifecycle management (ILM) data can live on the appropriate media type, which ultimately drives down the overall cost of storage on the floor.
Virtualization is a common theme in the server space and certainly internal virtualization is not new to the storage world; the concept of external virtualizationis much less common however. What if you could “front-end” your existing storage with all of the new functionality and availability of your new enterprise storage purchase, thereby increasing the useful life of assets that you already own? Sounds too good to be true, right?
These concepts and technologies will be discussed in much more detail next Wednesday, December 12th as I present #TheFutureofStorage webinar. We will examine storage trends in the industry and talk frankly about driving costs out of enterprise storage. I hope you can join me!!
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