Controlling storage costs and performance in dynamic environments
Widespread adoption of virtualization, and explosive growth in data and application workloads are reshaping the data center; and with it, the networked storage infrastructure. This change must be managed: storage costs can spiral out of control, while assuring performance and availability has become more challenging than ever.
For storage engineers and architects, insight into infrastructure behavior, has become all the more critical:
- What type of storage is really needed? At what cost?
- How will a new storage system or configuration perform under production workloads? How will it fail? Where are its limits?
- What are the optimal configurations?
- How will future workloads affect the infrastructure?
Answers to these questions are critical for optimizing core IT processes:
“If you can’t validate storage technology before it’s deployed into production, then you are flying blind.”
— Julia Palmer, Storage Protection and Data Manager
- Capacity planning
- System design
- Configuration and tuning
- Vendor product selection
- Monitoring configuration