What is the future for storage infrastructure?
It is not uncommon at this time of year to see predications on a variety of subjects for the coming year. While nobody has a crystal ball, knowledge and experience can lead to insight. To this end, I polled a number of my colleagues for their thoughts to add to my own around our core competencies to deliver a list of five IT storage infrastructure predictions for 2013.
Foreseen for the coming year is the continued paradigm shift for IT from the back office to a contributor of business value. Key to accelerating this change will be the further automation of the data center. This includes the move to software-defined architecture such as software-defined storage, and the growth of object storage in both public clouds and enterprises. Data growth will continue to be a challenge, though more organizations will tap into their vast data pools with analytical tools. IT management will increasingly be implemented across domains rather than up and down the stack and tools will be judged by their ability to provide context for the information they present. Continue reading
Do you remember when you could tell where your data resided just by looking at the array?
It wasn’t that long ago when storage purchases went hand-in-hand with major application deployments. You had a fairly clear idea of where your data was stored for a particular application.
Then, along came virtualization and an abstraction between the application layer and storage. The relationship became less a marriage and more like group dating. Everything was cordial but it was no longer clear what the specific relationships were between application and storage. Next, cloud computing and automated storage tiering further redefined the rules and it became about getting the best out of all available resources and the best possible relationships among all parties involved.
Now, with the EMC VMAX announcement today, EMC Federated Tiered Storage (FTS) extends these relationships for new possibilities with third-party storage not previously part of the pack. Add to this capability the ability to manage this extended storage with EMC ProSphere and combine it with other products through the also just-announced EMC DataBridge. Suddenly, there are new relationship possibilities above and below the storage management layer. Continue reading
Want a storage management experience not unlike your dream home theater system?
Well, do yourself a favor and check out the new EMC ProSphere release. Much like a good big screen TV, the just announced new ProSphere gives you a big, clear, and precise picture of your data center storage environment.
No longer do you have to contend with what would be analogous to the low pixel count and low scan rate of your cathode tube television or first-generation flat screen.
Move up to the sharper image of this new storage management software release.
The new ProSphere provides deeper dives than the initial release into FAST VP to track, manage, analyze, and predict your storage consumption. Similarly, it reaches further into the server environment to capture information pertaining to usage that might impact your storage needs. Continue reading
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.