Plan & Implement

The core challenge when dealing with storage is proper use of technology assets.

Recent trends have caused IT professionals to seek new ways of managing and enforcing policies amidst a never-ending flow of data. In this model, once data is created, it never disappears, but moves from one state to another.

The best storage initiatives seek to enable business enhancement via data management to drive revenue and promote efficiency, scalability and flexibility. It’s not about just housing your data—it’s about putting that data in a position to help your organization.

Data Storage Focus Areas 

Big Data  
Data is being generated at an exponential rate and organizations are banking on the promise that big data will lead to business insight, process optimization and problem solving. The potential of transforming business in new and exciting ways has leaders excited about big data. But big data requires more than simple storage, it needs management and protection for its larger and complex data content. Organizations need a way to logically store that data and make it accessible in real-time to help executives make good business decisions.

Mature Data Center Solutions 
Technologies like converged infrastructure and virtualization heavily lean on data storage in order to work properly. Storage is second only to processors as the limiting factor in VM deployments. Improperly designed or configured VM implementations can have a disastrous effect on an organization.

Disaster Recovery (DR) and Data Protection
Ensuring that an organization’s valuable data is not only protected but also available for quick recovery is a major concern for IT. Moving data efficiently and securely off-site is a major challenge for companies. Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) has become a viable option for most organizations but choosing the correct provider adds complexity to the situation.

100% Availability
Data storage needs to have 100% availability. In an extremely fast-paced business environment, near real time access of critical data is necessary to remain competitive. Unfortunately, implementation of always-on redundant systems and services can be costly.

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