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Vol. 10 Num. 8 October 2011

Storage tiering gets more sophisticated and automated

The number of organizations doing storage tiering today is approximately the same as three years ago, but tiering practices are becoming more sophisticated. Common wisdom says solid-state storage -- because it’s such a hot performer but costs a pretty penny -- has pushed IT shops to tier their storage resources. Yes and no. The number of firms tiering storage today is about the same as three years ago (55% vs. 51%), but tiering practices are getting more sophisticated with the addition of solid-state. In 2008, 16% said they used solid-state storage for tier 0; today, 42% have replaced spinning disks at the max tier. Still, most firms top out at tier 1 using Fibre Channel (FC) arrays with 37% using 4 Gbps FC and 26% tiering on 8 Gbps FC. Regardless of what makes up your tiers, the sheer number of tiers can be a critical management factor. Users have learned to keep it simple: three years ago 24% reported four or more tiers, but now only 14% own up to so many. That’s good, because 31% still use manual methods to move data among ...

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Features in this issue

  • Solid-state goes mainstream

    by  Rich Castagna

    If a tech is judged by the products that crop up around it and the techs it spawns, then it’s hard to argue that solid-state storage hasn’t reached a certain level of maturity.

  • Storage managers poised to tap new technologies

    by  Rich Castagna

    As budgetary constraints ease, storage shops are looking to emerging techs and cloud services to help deal with virtualized environments, data growth and performance demands.

  • Status report: Solid-state storage

    by  Phil Goodwin, Contributor

    Solid-state storage has carved out a niche in the storage ecosystem, establishing itself as a viable alternative for high-performance applications.

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  • Solid-state goes mainstream

    by  Rich Castagna

    If a tech is judged by the products that crop up around it and the techs it spawns, then it’s hard to argue that solid-state storage hasn’t reached a certain level of maturity.

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