Solution Provider Offers Five Reasons to Conduct a Storage Assessment Today
NEW YORK, May 21, 2013 – Lurking inside many corporate data centers across America are legacy storage devices just waiting to expire during a critical task. Some of these older storage devices may be insufficient to handle today’s increased data storage and access requirements, let alone the requirements of tomorrow. The challenges are particularly acute as data analytics become increasingly important to corporate America. Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (http://www.us.logicalis.com/), has identified Five Reasons to Conduct a Storage Assessment Today to provide CIOs and other IT professionals with guidance about making new storage choices.
“Legacy storage simply wasn’t designed with today’s uses in mind. That means there are systemic gaps that may leave an organization exposed to new pressures placed upon it by unpredictable workloads and unrestrained data growth,” says Bob Hankins, vice president, Storage Solutions, Logicalis US.
Five Reasons to Conduct a Storage Assessment Today
Why examine storage now? There are a variety of reasons according to Logicalis storage experts. These include important trends ranging from mobility, to social media to cloud computing and “big data.” One thing is clear, storage requirements have increased and they are not going backward. Here are Five Reasons to Conduct a Storage Assessment Today.
- Recognize and remedy deficiencies. Now is the time to get in front of the important trends impacting storage requirements. CIOs and other IT professionals responsible for data storage management need to take time today to assess their organizations’ current storage requirements and plot them against the backdrop of other technology trends such as mobility, social media, cloud computing and “big data.” Each of these has a significant impact on legacy storage architectures.
- Reduce management complexity. Typical legacy storage is actually not typical. Different drives, different speeds, and different media are all factors that comprise the legacy data device landscape. These devices include drives, disks, optical storage, and tapes – many from different manufacturers. By assessing the landscape and planning today, organizations can reduce management complexity of their data storage environments in the future.
- Simplify end-user access and usage. Newer technologies such as software-defined storage provide the ability to deliver storage solutions that scale from entry-level to high-end, sharing common data services across both physical storage systems and software-defined storage. This enables end users to access storage that supports all applications and data types across physical, virtual and cloud resources.
- Increase ROI. Today, the term “return on investment” as applied to storage is being defined as a reduction in complexity that results in the consolidation of workloads on less equipment and the discovery of hidden value inside existing data. The ability to access data from multiple sources and in multiple forms – structured and unstructured, SQL and NoSQL, etc...— is critical to increasing the ROI for corporate storage environments.
- Obtain stronger data analytics capabilities. Storage is the center of the corporate universe today and for the foreseeable future. The ability to create an environment for information retention and business analytics is critical for organizations to survive, thrive and compete. This includes developing capabilities for organizations to find the proverbial “needle in a haystack” with unprecedented speed and ease.
“No matter which vendor’s products a CIO selects for storage solutions moving forward, it’s important to ensure that the selected storage technology is capable of supporting increasing data storage requirements and enabled for tomorrow’s converged and software-defined environments,” says Hankins.
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Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration; data center and cloud services; and managed services.
Logicalis employs nearly 3,500 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, specify, deploy and manage complex ICT infrastructures to meet the needs of almost 6,000 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HP, IBM, CA Technologies, Microsoft, NetApp, VMware and ServiceNow.
The Logicalis Group has annualized revenues of over $1.4 billion from operations in Europe, North America, South America and Asia Pacific and is fast establishing itself as one of the leading IT and Communications solution integrators specializing in the areas of advanced technologies and services.
The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the Johannesburg and London AIM Stock Exchanges, with revenues of over $5 billion.
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