Usually while selecting a SAN solution, many enterprises pay much attention to features such as data compression, deduplication, archiving and primary storage optimization, and show less concern over allocated but unused storage. As a result a lot of storage, allotted to specific storage applications gets wasted, so in order to utilize the unused space the need for data reduction technique becomes imperative.
In this stage the presence of Thin Provisioning technology becomes essential as it assigns the requested amounts of virtual capacity for an application server despite the availability of physical capacity.
StoneFly™ INC IP SANs are enriched with Thin Provisioning feature which allows its users to engage the highest storage utilization possible by eliminating pre-allocated but unused capacity. This technique eliminates the pre-allocation of blocks of unused storage space and enables volume and capacity to be added as per the enterprise needs but without causing disruption or downtime troubles to its users.
There is an obvious advantage in purchasing StoneFly™ INC IP SAN powered by thin provisioning technique. In simple terms if we suppose an enterprise is in need of a storage solution and has five applications on demand and you opt for storage without the thin provisioning feature, then you need to specifically allocate a calculated volume size to each application. The calculation will be strictly based upon prediction and may or may not be accurate. If, for example two out of the five applications have less storage needs, then the allotted storage space to them becomes unused and as a result it will be wasting the storage resources and will increase the storage CAPEX while reducing the ROI. If the applications go for calculated allotted space a need for storage scalability will arise in the future requiring input from the storage administrator.
In order to avoid such problems StoneFly™ INC IP Storage solutions are delivered with thin provisioning as a standard. This feature offers allocation of storage space on demand in a flexible manner to accommodate the growing data stores of the business. The storage space will be allocated as per the demand of the application and as a result the utilization of the storage space will be handled in an efficient way without the need to constantly redefine volume sizes.
StoneFly™ INC IP SANs also deliver additional benefits such as reduced consumption of electrical energy and hardware space requirements are minimized with a reduction in heat generation resulting in a greener data center environment.