Why is it that companies feel they have to stick with the current storage methods they’re using? I don’t even want to think about it,â or What we’re using is getting us by,â are two of the most common responses, but, in reality, you may need to take another look at your spending and data efficiency. If you’re a company that just adds a new SAN to your storage infantry as data expands, then here are four things you need to consider:
1)Â Â Â No big data processing. In a study done by Gartner in late 2012 regarding future IT trends and concerns, big data demands were right at the top of the list. Without competent storage systems, the data that companies were paying to store was more of a waste than a weapon. In short, business intelligence, correct data structures and processing are necessary for your company to maintain a competitive edge.
2)Â Â Â Security risks. Every time you add another SAN, you are also adding one more possible breach point, increasing your company’s vulnerabilities. Without a unified point of entry and control, your string of SANs are like a train and at every car junction there is another susceptible point.
3)Â Â Â Growing data, decreasing budget. Here is a factoid from a digital data timeline that the Wall Street Journal posted in March 2013: in the 1990’s data worldwide was measured in the Terabytes. Now in the 2010’s, worldwide data is measured in the Petabytes. A company’s data is expected to increase exponentially every year.
To keep up with this flux in data, companies that rely on purchasing additional SANs for storage may soon find that the costs to add and store may outweigh the storage system’s effectiveness. After all, if your company budgets for one SAN this year, what are you going to do next year when you need two or three more? Without the right storage system it can be hard to plan and budget for growth.
4)Â Â Â Fat provisioning is inefficient. Buying large chunks of storage space to fill-up is an inefficient way to store data. Buying what you need when you need it, is a primary feature of the IBM V7000 virtualization engine, ConRes’s preferred thin provisioning storage solution.
Overall, companies that want to grow need to plan ahead and that includes seeing the big picture. Investing in older storage methods may carry more detriment than benefit.
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