Large-Scale Storage Optimization
The typical company's storage needs are expanding at a rate of 20%-35% per year, and has maintained this growth rate for the last decade. With the staggering demand for storage capacity comes a need to manage it, monitor performance and throughput and report on events that negatively impact operations. This unprecedented surge of data consumes massive amounts of storage capacity, backup resources, electrical energy, data center floor-space, and human support skills. As emerging technologies continue to provide ever greater amounts of digital content, companies are literally being overwhelmed by data.
Data is one of the most valuable assets a company owns, and the SAN/NAS subsystem is responsible for ensuring its availability, integrity, accessibility, performance and security. If storage is performing poorly, every other computing activity in the IT environment will suffer. Not only are storage arrays becoming more sophisticated and complex, but the data they are designed to contain continues to grow at a rate that's simply overwhelming many IT departments' ability to keep ahead of demand.
Few companies can afford to start over with a "clean slate" and implement an advanced storage subsystem. Therefore, a number of important questions should be considered prior to any storage upgrade.
- What storage, infrastructure and processes will be in-scope and out-of-scope?
- How much equipment can be retained and integrated into the new structure?
- What aging and/or obsolete storage equipment exists in the environment?
- Approximately what is the monthly consumption rate of storage capacity?
- What storage management and monitoring tools are currently implemented?
- Which systems are approaching the end of their service and support contract?
- How much inactive/obsolete/unusable content resides on your existing disk arrays?
- What acceptable methods are available to support data migration to a new subsystem?
The more traditional approach of throwing-more-disk-at-a-problem only exacerbates modern storage performance and capacity issues. Most companies should rethink their architectural approach for legacy SAN or NAS infrastructure to maximize its operational efficiency and performance.
There are many ways to control excessive data growth, including storage tiering, consolidation, virtualization, real-time compression, policy-based management, and other approaches. However until a detailed review of the legacy storage structure has been completed, it is difficult to determine which combination of technologies and architecture will yield the best results. This process entails a detailed examination of storage and fabric components, design configuration, performance, power consumption, policies and procedures, physical resource consumption, support costs, skills requirements, and other aspects of the infrastructure.
Data Center Enhancements Inc. offers a comprehensive analysis program for evaluating storage, capturing key growth and performance metrics, analyzing data, and presenting the results in a coherent and professional document. This review usually entails a detailed examination of all storage components, design configuration, performance, power consumption, policies and procedures, physical resource consumption, support costs, skills requirements, and other aspects of the infrastructure. We provide the specialized technical skills necessary to help you manage a high-performance, high efficiency storage structure. The following is a sample of large-scale storage services we provide:
- Storage virtualization strategy, planning, and design
- Automated, multi-tiered storage architecture design
- Storage consolidation/optimization
- Storage performance and capacity management
- SAN/NAS fabric topology analysis and re-design
- Automated management tool selection and Implementation
- Legacy backup & recovery systems efficiency assessment
- CDP, snapshots, and image clone implementations
- Mirroring and replication systems
- Compression and de-duplication solutions
- Data encryption and SAN/NAS security infrastructure
Data Center Enhancements Inc. can help you reclaim control of your storage infrastructure. We will identify your legacy storages limitations and vulnerabilities, optimize your current storage system’s structure, and assist you in developing a comprehensive plan to keep ahead of future data needs.
Developing an effective program to modernize and expand a SAN/NAS should start with a comprehensive review of the existing storage subsystem and supporting infrastructure. Once all relevant information has been collected and analyzed, it becomes the basis for making immediate improvements (the "low hanging fruit"), and developing a long-term strategy to ensure scalable, flexible, manageable and efficient storage operations.
If you're ready to immediately implement an optimized re-design of your SAN/NAS storage system, please give us a call at (630) 513-9747. However if you are aware something needs to be done about uncontrollable storage growth but are struggling with how to get started, we have several assessment programs that can capture the information necessary to make good storage design decisions. Please give us 30-minutes to help you bring clarity to this complex implementation.