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The data storage capacity growth survival guide
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of February 2017, Vol. 15, No. 12
Business pressures outside the data center could lead to hasty decisions within, such as too quickly zeroing in on the cause of a storage performance slowdown. Hastiness could lead you to upgrade your storage network to all-new, faster connections, only to discover later that you haven't solved anything. Why? Because, as it turned out, the real problem was latency caused by having too many servers banging on the system, rather than the speed of any individual connection. Measuring application performance from end to end, preferably with a system that does historical tracking, is the only real way to discern exactly what's causing a slowdown. You collect data over days, weeks or months to see how it's moving over time, which can identify periodic spikes from regular events -- from users logging in at 8 a.m. to weekly backups at midnight -- and identify traffic consumption trends. That way, in addition to zeroing in on what's negatively impacting storage today, you can detect trends and potential future problems, and maybe even ...
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Features in this issue
Find out the best data storage products for 2016 in backup and DR software, backup hardware, storage management tools, server-based storage, all-flash and disk/hybrid systems.
Enterprise file sync and share solves numerous business problems by offering organizations a way to provide more secure document sharing and collaboration.
You can keep your storage investments in place, allow for capacity increases, and solve performance and application problems, while gathering data to plan for new growth.
Columns in this issue
Rich Castagna reviews the prognostications offered by data storage vendors on the future of data storage technology in 2017.
Though vendors are calling their data protection products 'holistic,' they should blend security and disaster recovery services to improve their functionality.
The cloud generally makes sense for shorter-term data retention, but find out how it can also play a role in keeping data for longer periods of time.
The lines between primary and secondary storage and applications such as hyper-convergence remain blurry. But they are a starting point for further discussion.