1. 19 Techniques to Control the Chaos in Data Storage

    There’s very little in this world that can’t generate data – anything that has measurable activity will do it. That includes nearly everything in the business environment, and organizations’ demand for that information is insatiable. But before data can be analyzed and acted upon, it needs to be captured, stored, and organized. The challenge is picking the right approach – this requires careful analysis to find the point where the right technology solution intersects with your specific requirements and capabilities.

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    1. The key to sorting through anything storage-related in the datacenter is to concentrate on latency, not on IOPs (I/O operations per second). IOPs can lie, but latency never does.
    2. Eliminating the datacenter altogether is the ultimate means to reduce its complexity.
    3. Optimizing efficiency and reducing management complexity of storage is a key feature of today's cloud.
    4. The benefits from a software-defined, services-based approach are significant, including reduced hardware costs as you now buy inexpensive, commodity storage.
    5. This architecture removes the inefficiencies present in legacy storage technologies and greatly simplifies storage management because regardless of the data type, there is a single way to provision, manage, replicate, and repurpose these storage resources.
    6. Your most precious asset in a datacenter – besides the data itself – is time.
    7. By allowing the technology to intelligently move data as it learns workloads, you reduce the need for so many storage administrators.
    8. By migrating to a single system, administrative overhead was reduced by 50 percent.
    9. Deploying hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is the best way to reduce storage complexity and improve agility and infrastructure efficiency for virtualized workloads.
    10. The most common cause of inefficient and overly complex datacenters is data duplication.
    11. Centralize, singularize, and collaborate.
    12. Organizations need to take charge in centralizing documents in a collaborative environment, where editing can be done in a shared space, and where hyperlinks to a single shared document replace multiple attached copies.
    13. Policy-driven hybrid cloud enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) solutions provide IT with document storage location choice (public cloud, private cloud, and on-premises) at the user group or folder level, which enables compliance with security, privacy, and data residency regulations.
    14. In a typical data center without this feature turned on, there are between 3:1 and 50:1 copies of the same data set.
    15. Data compression does have some overhead, in that it requires CPU cycles to perform both the compression and decompression of data.
    16. A great way to increase efficiency of storage within the data center is to invest in a storage array which includes data de-duplication and compression within the array itself.
    17. I've frequently found that many data centers back up everything, without giving much thought as to what data they're storing. That leads to unnecessarily large and complex backups.
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