by Dave Cappuccio | March 23, 2011 | Comments Off on Data and Storage: What You Don’t Know May be Hurting You
When it comes to storage a variety of fundamental changes are occurring, which have more to do with access than growth. Cloud-based alternatives are forcing companies to re-examine storage from a business perspective. If data is not-critical then a less costly cloud platform is feasible, assuming service levels can be agreed upon.
Virtualization is also another change factor. Those virtualized servers that have network-attached or SAN storage offer a greater number of possibilities for workload management, business continuity and disaster recovery planning. Energy consumption is opening up new conversations about how a multi-tiered approach may afford greater capacities overall, while reducing energy consumption and floor space.
Lastly, with the proliferation of smart phones and the subsequent extension of work hours to “whenever needed,” employees, partners and consumers have adopted an expectation of “always available” for any information (data) they need, wherever they are.
So what’s the result? All these factors are changing how we design, install, manage, configure and extend our storage infrastructures. It’s a challenging topic and one that will be examined from all angles at this year’s IT Infrastructure, Operations & Management Summit in Orlando on June 13-15. I’m especially excited to be delivering the opening keynote for the Summit. The topic: 10 Critical Trends Impacting I&O in the Next 5 Years. I’ll also be presenting a conference session on The Future of Data Centers and will be on hand for one-on-one sessions.
For those of you who haven’t been to a Gartner conference, you should be aware that attendees can request a “one-on-one” meeting with the analyst of their choice. So be sure to book your one-on-one session early as they tend to fill up quickly. In the meantime, for more information about the conference itself, visit www.gartner.com/us/iom.
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