There are a number of significant changes to the storage market that organisations must take into account when deploying solutions. There are currently a proliferation of vendors providing solutions ranging from ‘’white box’’ based systems to the traditional big iron. We have seen in the market a number of the niche players balance sheets struggling to deliver profits. In additional there have been a number of mergers and acquisitions, the highest profile one is the potential EMC/Dell deal. What organisations must measure as part of any solutions is the expected longevity of a potential vendor and the vendor’s products
There is a movement towards Software Defined everything. Storage is no different here, separating the cost of storage into hardware and software enables organisations to significantly reduce the TOC of their storage platform.
Day 1 costs are similar, however, when a refresh is required, organisations now have the storage software. Software Designed Storage has, in the past, been perceived as a platform for low data clue platforms. However, with IBM delivering the Spectrum storage family line and
‘’Separating the cost of storage into hardware and software enables organisations to significantly reduce the TOC of their storage platform’’.
CONVERGED INFRASTRUCTURE is becoming the de facto standard platform for enterprises to implement in their datacentres.
The success of the collapsing multiple operating systems onto one server has spread to the storage and network realm. And organisation planning to implement such a solution should ensure they have a thorough understanding of the impact such a shift will have on their ability to provide their services.
Hardware independence is important in the initial choice of a converged system in order to avoid being locked in .
Implementing the solution in the conjunction with existing infrastructure means that there are enterprise support and integration concerns. Ensuring that the chosen platform is right sized for the environment workload that is running on it but also scalable for future expansion of that workload need consideration.
Once operational the management of the infrastructure does not increase the operational overhead significantly or else it will just become a burden.the future roadmap of the chosen infrastructure is also important to understand what an impact that future plan will have on the existing or proposed infrastructure.
The points noted here provide a glimpse of the complexity that present day data centre IT environments have scaled to, regardless of the detail of the workload on them. As a result, while implementing such fundamental change to the platform needed for IT services, it is essential that such change is thoroughly understood to ensure that any migration is done with minimal downtime and impact of those services.
TechPro July 2016
The context of this question is really interesting with all major storage vendors promoting their flash storage solutions, converged infrastructures and software defined storage, enterprises could be forgiven for thinking they are lagging behind their competition by not deploying the latest and greatest.
Datacentre managers are keen to extend the life span of existing investments without compromising business demands, reduce maintenance cost and reduce operational costs
Software Defined Storage and extending the life span of existing investment are not mutually exclusive. In fact SDS solutions are extending the life of existing investments in the Enterprise. By its very nature SDS does not care about the underlying hardware once that hardware is robust and has a performance profile that meets business demands.
A SDS platform for either block, object or file data, reduces existing SANs software maintenance, extends its life time and exposes additional features and benefits of the SDS platform to the enterprise
While there are a number of new SDS offerings available we in Triangle have been delivering SDS to customers based on the IBM Spectrum Platform for over 10 years. IBM Spectrum provides SDS for block storage up to 32PB per system and the file storage has no known limits for performance or scale.
Within the SDS our customers are utilising Flash to manage critical workloads and then merging existing storage solutions under this SDS platform. This significantly reduces operational costs, capex investments and once deployed completely removes the requirement for any distributive data migrations in the future.