The world’s data is expected to grow by a factor of 50 over the next decade, according to an IDC study. To prepare for this increase, your core storage solution must be scalable. Generally speaking, we see storage life-cycles between four and six years with today’s growth. That life-cycle can shorten significantly, unless you start with the appropriate solution.
- Increases employee productivity through performance efficiencies
- Creates stable foundation for virtualization, backup, file archiving, disaster recovery, and more
- Offers ability to maintain and backup data for business continuity and regulation/compliance purposes
- Improves storage intelligence with features that alert clients of bottlenecks in their networks
How do I know if I need more storage?
We have seen many clients go from small storage needs to enormous ones. Indicators that you need to address your current storage solution include:
- You have expanded your data center
- You feel like you are on a server-purchasing treadmill
- Your heating and cooling bill continues to increase
- Your business outgrows your storage capabilities
- You are looking to hire more people to manage your data center
How does investing in a new core storage solution help my business?
As new technologies are introduced, quality and benefits improve. But before investing in a new core storage solution, you should complete an assessment of your current environment and brainstorm all of your needs. In the needs analysis, review expectations for business growth, stability, high availability security, agility, recovery and so on. Addressing all of these factors will help your business save money and ensure success.
How can I ensure my storage expense is justified?
Storage has matured and investment levels today provide more impact than ever. Before you can determine cost justification, you will need to identify measures and quantify those hard and soft costs as they relate to storage (i.e. employee efficiencies – faster response times, faster processing, predictable growth, reduction in downtime, etc.). Once a baseline is established, post-implementation value can be validated.
How do I get an unbiased assessment of my current storage environment?
The best way for an unbiased opinion is to find a third party that performs assessments. Assessments will uncover what is currently in the environment, review, assess and recommend changes.