Enterprise Storage Systems
Today’s enterprise storage systems need to provide capabilities over and above high performance, reliability and availability. The list of requirements has expanded to include non-disruptive lifecycle management, the ability to easily scale performance and capacity, and a variety of data management features such as storage efficiency, application integration and policy driven automation.
There’s a lot happening in enterprise IT these days. New delivery models, such as virtualization, the cloud and software-defined storage are changing the landscape. The rapid emergence of new technologies, such as in-memory databases and flash storage, has many IT organizations rethinking their storage options, especially for business-critical applications that rely on Microsoft and Oracle databases or SAP HANA. Continue Reading
Storage system benchmarking is part science and part art. The latter is especially true with benchmarks performed by vendors who are seeking to show favorable results for their own solutions. In this article, I review important information to look for and red flags to avoid. Continue Reading
In highly virtualized and cloud environments, storage quality of service (QoS) is becoming more and more critical for preventing workloads or tenants from adversely affecting one another and for meeting service-level objectives for storage performance. Continue Reading
Data migrations are a fact of life within most data centers. In a recent study by TheInfoPro, IT professionals ranked storage migrations as their most time-consuming task, ahead of “perennial time sinks” such as backup administration and storage provisioning. Continue Reading
Enterprises are struggling with an ever-increasing amount of data to store and manage. Across all industries, rapid data growth is outstripping the capacity of legacy storage systems and stretching the resources of understaffed IT organizations. Continue Reading
Here are some tips and resources for crafting an updated storage RFP to address the three most commonly cited reasons for buying new storage systems: the need for more capacity, the desire for a technology refresh, and the need for increased performance. Continue Reading