Archive for the 'Best Practices' Category
Storage security is getting more attention as I outlined in my top 10 trends post in December. In that post I talked about the availability of data encryption in the backend directors of Hitachi storage systems, VSP, HUS VM and HUS 150 with local or external key management. This encryption was designed into our storage [...]
Many data centers purchase storage infrastructure on a 3 to 5 year depreciation cycle. The problem with buying storage this way is that you have to buy more than you need for the first few years. These data centers have to over provision their storage requirements with capacity that is declining in price by about [...]
Laura DuBois of IDC has been calling attention to the explosion of data copies problem since 2012 and I have blogged about this several times, including my top ten trends for 2013 and 2014. Her latest report on January 31 of this year reconfirms that 65% of external storage systems capacity is used to store [...]
In past years, when customers were asked to name the leader in midrange NAS; Hitachi was probably not on the top of the list. Hitachi has long earned a reputation for enterprise scalability, availability, and performance, but never made an impression in the midrange. Well that perception has changed according to a survey of qualified [...]
By now the major analyst firms have published their trends for 2014, and there is pretty common consensus over the macro trends that will be drivers for opportunities and threats in the years to come. While there are many variations on the definition of these trends they can be generally recognized by some common words
Trend 10: The Transformation of IT Operations Skill Sets, Roles, and Responsibilities
Trend 9: Encryption of data at rest becomes table stakes Recently, I had a discussion with a customer about capacity-on-demand who said he had a rolling lease program where he continually refreshed his storage every three years. When I asked him what he did to ensure that his data was shredded when he rolled his [...]
Trend 8: Explosion of Enterprise Flash The enterprise flash storage market is maturing and enterprise customers are taking a closer look at SSD’s which are primarily designed for the client consumer market where manufacturing costs are the primary concern. The initial excitement over flash performance is becoming tempered by concerns over the “write cliff,” storage [...]
Trend 3: Greater Adoption of Private cloud My selection for trend 3 is the greater adoption of private cloud for greater business agility and business control.
Trend 1: IT will focus more on business outcomes than infrastructure The first trend is the base driver for many of the subsequent trends that I will be posting. This will be a change in IT focus from infrastructure to business outcomes.