Is your storage growth getting unmanageable?
In a global neighborhood that just hit 7 billion at last count, our planet is experiencing a population explosion. Similarly, our IT industry is experiencing a data explosion.
Data growth led to a reported 60-70% growth in overall storage in 2011 with no end in sight. Virtualization and thin provisioning provide better utilization of server and storage resources. However, it’s not all you need.
What you need now is a way to better manage and further scale your storage assets to meet the service needs of your end-users.
But, it may require some new thinking.
“Elvis has left the building.”
It was a popular phrase to disperse crowds after Elvis Presley concerts and has found its way into colloquial American speech.
Fact was Elvis had moved on to the next big gig while some of his followers just didn’t want to accept that what they had experienced was over and sat there.
The same holds true for those reluctant to accept that business applications are no longer bound to the inner sanctum of the data center and the on-premise enterprise. Applications are now accessible via downloadable software on users’ mobile devices.
Let’s take a look at the phenomenon of the mobile app in business use:
How did this happen? What is possible today? Where is it all going? And, what does this mean for IT professionals? Continue reading
What if you could optimize your data paths to get the most out of your storage investment?
You’d do it, unless you had money to burn. You’ve got a lot invested in hardware and software and an angry mob—er, users—at your door.
In the 1985 movie Back to the Future, Doc Brown created the Flux Capacitor to kick his DeLorean automobile into another time period.
No amount of fossil fuel was going to get him and his ride to his destination.
Similarly, with today’s sophisticated data centers, no amount of hardware or manual intervention is going to tune the data path connections between servers and storage to provide the performance, availability, and scaling you need.
You need a path management solution that will put your data paths into overdrive. Continue reading
Who moved my cheese? In other words, what happened to my job!?
Were you ever just getting comfortable in a job when it changed? Well, look out…it’s happening again.
New IT service models are driving new technologies that span islands of isolation. Storage, network, data base, and application administrators can no longer concern themselves with their own topologies, they must collaborate.
For the most adept and visionary, this phenomena will open up new career opportunities for leaders who can see the big picture and define the future—the cloud architects, data center architects, and virtualization administrators or whatever label you want to assign to the new breed.
For those adverse to change, the need to take a new approach to their jobs will not only be disruptive to their daily routines but also potentially career-limiting or even career-ending depending on attitudes.
It’s a new twist to an old story that gets told time and time again. Continue reading