Clustered, Scale-Out Storage
Gone are the days when organizations could afford to purchase new storage systems for each new application. Storage managers are increasingly deploying clustered scale-out storage solutions as a shared resource to increase availability, performance, and scalability while eliminating downtime and reducing the cost of storage operations. Learn more about using this approach to deploy a modern and efficient IT infrastructure in support of virtualized environments and business critical applications.
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.
Eliminating storage downtime remains a top priority for enterprise IT professionals, according to a recent survey by NetApp. In fact, a majority of respondents said even limited system outages due to planned maintenance had become unacceptable for many of their business-critical applications. Perhaps most surprising were the hidden costs associated with storage maintenance operations—costs that can be avoided by deploying storage systems running the NetApp® clustered Data ONTAP® operating system.
New technology and rapid data growth have been the drivers of each transition from one era to the next. And now we are on the verge of a new era of data growth, this one driven by mobile technologies and machine-generated data.
A new generation of clustered storage technology is now available, removing constraints and increasing efficiencies for IT organizations and the businesses they serve. Nondisruptive operations eliminate downtime; proven efficiencies free up budget dollars for new projects; and the ability to dynamically scale capacity, performance and operations enables companies to thrive in spite of rapid change.
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.
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.
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.
The cost of downtime is a major concern for organizations of all types and sizes. A disaster that causes an extended outage has the potential to put a company out of business entirely...