When it comes time for a storage refresh, one of the first decisions an organization needs to make is whether it will stick with its legacy storage network or go another way. For most organizations this means deciding if they should switch from fibre channel to an IP-based protocol like iSCSI or NFS.
In this StorageShort, Storage Switzerland and Virtual Instruments discuss how to evaluate new storage systems as part of the storage refresh process, and alternative storage protocols that might save the organization money.
IP protocols are tempting because of the implied cost savings, but knowing the iSCSI or NFS based array will be able to support the performance demands of the workload is critical, especially since many refreshes today are driven by a need to upgrade performance.
There is more to a storage refresh than just selecting a new storage system. IT needs to evaluate the storage protocols and the various types of media (flash, NVMe Flash and hard disk drives) as well. Then IT needs to forecast how long the new system will last. While pinning down a precise time is difficult, with the right performance management process they can inform the organization how much further the new systems will be able to extend current workloads.
To learn more about developing a storage refresh process that evaluates new storage systems and new storage protocols, as well as projecting how far a new system will take the organization into the future, check our on-demand webinar “5 Steps To The Perfect Storage Refresh“.