Not All Data is Created Equal: Designing and Managing a Tiered Storage Environment
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Overview: Demands for storage capacity have been exponentially increasing across multiple
industries, and IT departments are too rapidly reacting to these demands—purchasing hardware and software before assessing what they actually need.
While IT departments will likely need to invest in some additional storage during this time, it is critical they first get a real handle on the storage assets that they already have before engaging in reactive spending. In far too many cases, storage administrators can't answer with confidence whether their storage infrastructure is truly providing business value and meeting IT/storage objectives. The reality is, what they don’t know is hurting them - "knee jerk" spending is costing companies tens - to hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.
By performing a proactive assessment, you can determine up front how to more efficiently manage your existing assets. Many companies find that tiered storage is an effective strategy for aligning storage hardware, software, services and processes to achieve greater performance, high availability and scalability. Those who have a tiered infrastructure already in place learn through an evaluation how to best manage it and drive greater efficiencies. This paper examines the benefits and strategies behind storage assessments and the advantages of tiered storage environments.