One of the seemingly endless tasks of today’s IT infrastructure planner is finding more ways to squeeze costs out of the data center environment. With data growth soaring across all industries, it is not surprising that storage is often at the top of the list for shedding costs. After all, between primary storage resources, backup infrastructure and redundant storage infrastructure that may be residing in alternate data center facilities; any meaningful reductions achieved in storage infrastructure can have a substantial impact across the board on IT budgets.
Where to Start?
The question is, what is the best way to start looking for areas to belt tighten? Should technologies like thin provisioning, data deduplication, compression and storage tiering be implemented to enable organizations to drive data center storage efficiencies? While all of these solutions have merit, fundamentally, organizations need to get a better grasp of all the data that is contained across their environments before applying any specific hardware or software solutions.
Traditionally, IT planners have conducted storage assessments to gain deeper insight into the data assets in their environments. While these assessments provide actionable information about what data can be purged, preserved or migrated to a lower cost storage asset, they have a very limited shelf life. To maintain a consistent view into the value of their data assets, organizations need an automated way to continually gather metrics on business information.
Filtering Out The Noise
Some examples include reports listing files that haven’t been accessed for a long period of time, abandoned data or data that belongs to former employees. It also includes reports which detail the number of very large files stored in the environment – like personal audio, video and image files. In this manner, data with low to no value can either be deleted or migrated to a lower cost storage resource more frequently; helping to maintain efficiencies on a more consistent basis.
Targeted Technology Deployment
When armed with this information, organizations can more effectively apply complementary storage efficiency technologies like the ones mentioned above. They can also look into next generation storage solutions like Object Storage and highly dense, intelligent tape technologies like LTFS, to drive significant cost reductions in data center storage costs.
In fact, these technologies can be used in tandem with public cloud storage services to build a multi-tiered storage infrastructure which matches the relative business value of their data to the appropriate resource. This can help enable businesses to maintain efficient, long-term access to deep data reservoirs for business intelligence initiatives, legal compliance, etc.
Join Storage Switzerland senior analysts Eric Slack and Colm Keegan for a webinar on February 26th which details how organizations can reign in their data center storage expenditures while meeting business data retention objectives.