Changing the Economics of Enterprise Storage
Achieving significant cost benefits through high-density storage solutions
Changing the economics of enterprise storage is not just about delivering the performance of flash at the price of rotating disks—although that is certainly an important component. It also means addressing ever-increasing capacity requirements with solutions that deliver more storage in a smaller footprint and at a lower cost.
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Storage capacity is an issue that is only going to become more challenging for enterprises as we continue to create and store more data. According to one study, we are now creating as much data every 10 minutes as was created cumulatively from the beginning of recorded time to the year 2003. And much of that data is of the unstructured variety, such as emails, social media, videos and collaboration software.
But it’s not just the new data that is challenging our storage infrastructures. With today’s more stringent regulatory and e-discovery requirements, we are also holding on to our existing data for longer periods of time and saving more types of data than ever before, in a wide range of formats. What’s more, to meet these requirements, we must have storage solutions that enable quicker access and retrieval of archival data than the slow tape subsystems that have long been the dominant platform for archiving.
Higher-density storage solutions affect the economics of enterprise storage by giving enterprises more capacity at a lower cost. With a high-density enclosure, you are simply getting more bang for the buck: more storage, taking up less space and consuming less power. These new higher-density solutions are delivering lower total cost of ownership across a wide range of workloads and use cases, including:
- Large-scale enterprise deployments.
- Co-location environments where rack space may require a separate fee.
- File workflows, such as those found in radiology, life sciences and media archival applications.
- Replication-intensive environments.
- Private clouds, which can be set up quickly and easily with all of the storage requirements contained in one small and dense enclosure.
In evaluating high-density storage solutions, enterprise decision-makers should look at certain criteria, including:
- A virtualized, modular architecture that enables you to purchase only the storage that is needed, when it is needed, to help prevent both underutilization and overprovisioning.
- Flexibility to scale on demand and online, so you can grow your capacity without disrupting applications.
- The highest levels of density. For example, Dell Compellent SC280 dense enclosures deliver rack unit density that is up to 2.8 times denser than that of traditional 2U 3.5-in. disk drive enclosure solutions. As another example, Dell EqualLogic PS6500E iSCSI SAN storage units deliver 48 TB in one 4U rack, and can scale seamlessly up to 576 TB in a single SAN group.
- Simplified manageability, with the ability to manage the storage platform from a single pane of glass, saving money on operations and improving IT productivity and application uptime.
When it comes to your enterprise storage environment, don’t just think about the performance. Make sure you are doing everything you can to drive efficiencies and save money when you are dealing with your capacity challenges. The one thing you can count on is that your storage capacity will grow significantly. Make sure your costs don’t grow with it.
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