How is technology changing the enterprise storage solution landscape?
In our last blog, Paul Timms – Managing Director at MCSA, looked at some of the key considerations when choosing the right storage solution for a business. Here, he shares the new technologies that are changing the way organisations can approach data storage.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
It is becoming increasingly popular for an organisation to spread IT costs through monthly subscriptions and IT service providers are continuing to expand the number of ‘as a service’ offerings. As a result, it has enabled organisations to scale up and down within a landscape that is always changing.
Flexible capacity storage options such as IaaS and SaaS are allowing an organisation to move away from capex investment models and opt to pay for consumer storage on a basis to suit their needs, whether it be monthly, quarterly or annually.
Software Defined Storage (SDS)
An ideal solution for organisations looking to integrate existing IT equipment with new storage capacity. This allows an organisation to become more agile in how they take advantage of virtualisation without the requirement to purchase any new hardware. For a business it provides a simple to use platform with multiple types of virtualisation, which can be easily upgraded.
It has become easier to mix storage/servers and network vendors, which is a result of the advent and maturity of SDS, as well as use of hypervisors. Buyers are given greater flexibility that suits their individual storage needs.
This type of solution allows an organisation to combine the flexibility of private cloud storage with the security of on-site storage. An increasingly popular option as it allows for both less sensitive and business-critical data.
Tiered Storage Solutions
This type of approach allows an organisation to assign different types of data to varied types of storage media. A business can adopt the most appropriate technology that suits the data and can reduce the overall storage cost for the organisation. As Flash technology evolves there is a likelihood that Flash memory will be upgraded, which in turn will boost system performance. It is likely as costs continue to fall more data will be transferred to reliable Flash storage.
Finally, there is also the emergence of in-built storage. Customers are increasingly opting for storage build directly into their hardware infrastructure. This type of storage solution removes the need for separate storage devices.
The data storage landscape is constantly evolving, and with this comes new and more advanced solutions. It is, however, essential that a business considers its own needs when choosing the right storage solution and, if necessary, seek advice before deciding on the best solution.