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Storage tiering getting more automated
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 9 Num. 3 May 2010
In our latest survey, 50% of respondents currently use a tiered system in their storage shops, about the same as last year. But more automated methods are being used to move data from tier to tier. The idea behind storage tiering is to put the right data in the right place and, in doing so, hopefully save some money by freeing up expensive tier 1 storage. In our latest poll, 50% of respondents said they're currently using a tiered system in their storage shops, almost exactly the same number as a year ago. Among the half who aren't currently tiering their storage, nearly two-thirds (63%) say tiering is, indeed, in their future, with almost half of them expecting to implement it within a year. For the most part, storage tierers like to keep things simple: 42% report they have two tiers, 34% have three tiers and only 24% run more complex operations with four or more tiers. The most popular choice for tier 1 storage is Fibre Channel (FC); 59% report their top tier as 4 Gbps FC storage, and a fairly even split have 2 Gbps FC (23%)...
Features in this issue
The outlook for data storage managers in 2010 is a little brighter according to our Storage Purchasing Intentions survey. Find out what technologies respondents are looking at.
Solid state is emerging as a viable enterprise storage alternative, but there's lots of life left in hard disk drives, with higher capacity, greener and more capable drives coming.
RAID has been around for a long time and done a good job of protecting data. But high-capacity drives and new performance demands have spurred development of RAID alternatives.
In our survey, 50% of respondents use a tiered system in their storage shops, about the same as last year. But more automated methods are being used to move data from tier to tier.
Columns in this issue
The deep freeze in IT spending is starting to thaw and IT organizations are shifting from cost-reduction mode to cost containment.
The world of file content and NAS storage is disjointed and fraught with error; we need to unravel the problem of massive file stores before the issue gets too big to handle.
A storage vendor may have a great technology, but the bottom line is how fit it is for survival in the marketplace. So put down that spec sheet and pick up the business section.