Storage Infrastructure serves as heart to data enters, providing a functional foundation to every business. Thus, in order to make the infrastructure work efficiently consistent, an optimum design is needed. If this factor is neglected, then it can turn into a bane to some or all business operations of a data center.
Therefore, in order to avoid such troubles consider the following guidelines-
Latency – Nowadays, most of the storage solutions are competing on IOPS i.e. how quickly data can be delivered. Storage performance is critical, but the ability to deliver data consistently, with sub-millisecond latency is paramount. So, its latency which is helping in raising the quality of applications, and not the IOPS. Therefore, for environments that need databases to process more transactions or VDI environments to more responsive, flash based storage solutions should hit your top priority.
Simplicity – Data growth is outpacing IT budgets and the staffing resources. And most of the organizations are falling out in keeping up with the pace. As such, enterprises should select and implement technologies that enable data centers to scale by allowing all employees to manage more data than they do today. Therefore, simplicity is the best means to meet the goal. Here, simple storage architectures can inherently adapt to support various workloads without requiring changes to your applications.
Space, power and cooling needs – As per a survey conducted by IDC, on an average, global data growth is increasing by more than 50% on an annual note. If you are not feeling a crunch of constrained data center resources today, then there is a high possibility of feeling it in the near future. This proves that traditional storage systems need significant data center rack space to house them, along with an immense amount of power and cooling to achieve palatable performance. But the new generation storage solutions, like the ones optimized by flash, are enriched with technologies such as data reduction in order to reduce the require storage footprint. Hence, it results in lower acquisition costs, increased density and greater efficiency. Moreover, by reducing the space required for storage infrastructure, power and cooling requirements will have an immediate and positive impact on both the company’s OPEX and its carbon footprint, and it will net decades of new usability from your data center.
Data Migrations – Data migrations on traditional storage arrays have been a labor and resource intensive endeavor, typically consuming the first and the last 100 days of a storage arrays life span. Thus, this effectively reduces the usual three year depreciation lifecycle to two and half years or more of actual use. Here a new breed of storage technology is making painful data migrations a thing of the past. So, while evaluating a storage system, look for a truly next-generation platform that enables hardware to be replaced or upgraded without any disruption or reconfiguration of your IT environment. This model goes beyond scale-out or scale up architectures or slathering a layer of software abstraction across the storage platforms. But remember, while making new hardware in, old hardware out; the new hardware should have to match the old hardware work operations. This gives a meaning to the investment.
Automation – Software defined is now the latest trend in data center operations. It brings the evolution of server virtualization by spinning computing, networking and storage into one smart and intelligent solute. Therefore, it enables dynamic provisioning and configuration of hardware devices and provides new levels of agility to accelerate your business. Additionally, you must also go for a solution which can full integrate with your existing infrastructure and applications, and be adaptable to changes in workloads or datasets.
Finally, a high-performing, scalable and efficient storage system can future proof your data center and business. And so, it is always wise to consider long term implications when evaluating your next storage purchase, weighing the latency, scalability, manageability, simplicity, TCO and performance benefits, to ensure your business infrastructure can support the business growth of your enterprise well into the future.