It is a fact for certain that there is a very humungous amount of data addition happening in corporate and all other organizations, too, so to say. The speed and volume of information that is adding onto existing volumes of it is something which is unprecedented. Not just the amount of data, but also the duration of time for which it is required to be in company archives is increasing. Very little data can be done away with or removed from company records. What is there, and what is being created, is all to be stored for use at a later date. And most of it is classified information which is very important.
This is causing a huge stress on the existing information technology systems within companies. For sure, newer ways to deal with have to come into the picture. Or else there is going to a data explosion of sorts. Additionally, a lot of this data is not in a very structured format. Which is something that burdens the system even more.
For this purpose, a number of storage innovations have come into the fore and are continuing to be developed. Some of these are intelligent tiering, deduplication, thin provisioning and advanced compression. For managing high density storage, too, a number of techniques have popped up. This includes storage virtualization and converged infrastructures. This, by rote, has caused another change of sorts. From tape backup of data, organizations have now moved over to disk back up.
It is being observed that some top-of-the-line units have come up with tricks and techniques wherein which they utilize high density enclosures to pack in more data volume storage capacities in smaller spacing. It is a fact that these techniques are not made keeping converged infrastructures in their mind. However, their advantages for such issues are obvious: these measures result in more volumes taking up lesser amounts of spacing, and this too at much less the cost.
While making use of dense storage solutions within converged infrastructures, one needs to be totally certain of basic issues. They should, certainly, have all the necessary features expected of storage solutions. Also, they should have the same basic architecture. Aspects like intelligent management, fault tolerance and virtualization should be catered to. The storage software and infrastructure should have a modular architecture, which again comes handy in times of additional storage requirements.
For one’s own benefit, users should be in the know of the following points: Dense storage solutions are very useful when:
Rack space is difficult to get or one is handed out an extra bill for taking up more rack space.
In events when the storage capacity amounts reach high proportions like while archiving.
When there are file workflows like in radiology, biotechnology and other life science applications.