Monday, 14 March 2016

Storage Optimization and It's Need

It is storing data in an efficient and effective way as possible and utilizing the storage to its full capacity without decrease in performance.

Technologies like Thin provisioning (Allocating resources only when required), Deduplication (Storing a single instance of duplicated data) and compression are mainly used for storage optimization.


Every organization has different storage needs. To arrive at an appropriate solution, the storage needs of the organization must be assessed, the performance required (IOPS) evaluated. There are a select few companies who have the necessary proficiency in assessing the organization needs and suggesting an appropriate storage solution.

These Storage Optimization Leaders have gained this proficiency through working in many different customer environments across verticals. 

Need for Storage Optimization:

     There is an explosive and exponential growth of data across many industries and verticals. With the benefits garnered from analytics and big data through insights into the business, many companies are seeing huge data increase in their organization.

This puts a strain on the IT department to increase storage space. Buying new hardware for this purpose is a costly proposition and puts a strain on the IT budget.

At most times, the storage space is not used as effectively and efficiently as possible. Thick provisioning allocates fixed amount of storage space to each application. This space cannot be used by any other application, even when the space is not being utilized.

Most data in a storage are copies of one another. Imagine the amount of space that could be saved if repeated blocks of data do not occupy space.

To reduce IT costs and complexity, there is a need for storage Optimization.

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