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A Consensus on Storage Efficiencies

by Hu Yoshida on Jan 24, 2012

Since I posted my trends for 2012, I have been looking at what other bloggers have been predicting.

The most common theme is the explosion of data, and the need for storage efficiencies. Jon Toigo says that 70% of the capacity on every disk today doesn’t need to be there–40% should be archived and the other 30% should be reviewed and probably deleted.

Joe Kovar of CRN predicts that growth in storage capacities decline as users implement more storage efficiencyhu121technologies like thin provisioning, deduplication, and cloud. An optimistic prediction is that the impact of the Thailand floods on disk shortages will wane sooner than expected, and the expectation is that disk shortages will wane by the second half of this year. I agree that the impact may wane sooner as users implement storage efficiencies. However, I believe there will be a fundamental change in the pricing of storage capacity, as I posted last week.

David Chapa believes storage is becoming more and more affordable to the masses, through the adoption of small business cloud services. He recognizes that home office users now have several terabytes of data stored locally and the increasing costs of managing that data, similar to the enterprise. While we have seen consumer prices of disks more than double in the last two quarters—$79/TB to $190/TB was quoted at a recent Gartner conference—the total cost of managing storage far exceeds the cost of acquisition. Cloud services can reduce the cost of this management and make the total cost of storage more affordable, even though the cost of the disk may increase. See what David Merrill says about procurement costs.

What do you think about storage efficiencies and the impact of disk prices on storage costs?

Here are more posts on capacity efficiency:

For other posts on maximizing storage and capacity efficiencies, check these out: http://blogs.hds.com/capacity-efficiency.php

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Comments (11 )

Brad C on 24 Jan 2012 at 12:18 pm

The storage efficiencies that are currently the most valuable to me are the ones that make doing replication less bandwidth hungry. Bandwidth is not growing at the same rate as storage and it’s hurting the ability to do offsite replication. Buying more storage is relatively cheap, even at an increased price, and that price doesn’t get much more expensive until you’re buying truly insane amounts of storage. Getting more bandwidth between sites gets more and more expensive as the size of the pipe increases, even near the low end.

For Hu Yoshida on 25 Jan 2012 at 1:23 pm

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greg schulz on 25 Jan 2012 at 6:35 pm

Hu here are some thoughts on storage efficiency AND storage effectiveness, in other words also focusing on productivity.

2012 industry trends perspectives and commentary (predictions)
http://storageioblog.com/?p=2349

Industry trend: People plus data are aging and living longer
http://storageioblog.com/?p=2005

Supporting IT growth demand during economic uncertain times
http://storageioblog.com/?p=2065

What am I hearing and seeing while out and about
http://storageioblog.com/?p=2228

Speaking of speeding up business with SSD storage
http://storageioblog.com/?p=2304

Optimize Data Storage for Performance and Capacity Efficiency
http://storageioblog.com/?p=749

Commentary on Clouds, Storage, Networking, Green IT and other topics
http://storageioblog.com/?p=2177

Also check out chapter 3 (Infrastructure Resource Management (IRM), chapter 5 (Metrics and measurement for situational awareness), in addition to storage services and systems for additional related thoughts and perspectives on storage efficiency, effectiveness and productivity. If you cannot borrow one of your associates, copy or get HDS to buy you a copy, send me your shipping address and will scrape up a copy for you ;)

Always happy to chat about any of the above or other topics whenever you want.

Hope all is well.

Cheers gs

Hu Yoshida on 25 Jan 2012 at 11:51 pm

Wow, a lot of great information! Thanks to Brad C, Jon Toigo, and Greg Schulz. Storage efficiencies and cost savings can be realized in more ways than I first imagined. The good news is that we can be more efficient and effective with the tools that are already available.

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