Part I of this series examined the typical storage array life cycle and its
associated capital and administrative costs. It concluded by introducing
cloud storage as a compelling alternative. This second installment elaborates
on how cloud storage can break the storage array life cycle from an economic
and deployment perspective, freeing organizations from the cumbersome
administration and high costs of traditional storage.
As mentioned in Part I, traditional data storage deployments typically
require new storage array purchases every 3 to 5 years and also require the
decommission of old storage arrays at the same time. The area chart below
graphically illustrates some of the economic inefficiencies of this
deployment model. While most organizations consume storage at a near linear
rate over time, the required initial pre-purchase of capacity results in a
Anyone who purchases storage arrays is familiar with the many advantages of
modular storage systems and storage area networks. However, they may also be
familiar with one of the less desirable attributes of storage arrays: the
typical three- to five-year lifecycle that forces decommissions and mandates
upgrades on a regular basis. With many organizations expanding their need for
storage by 20-60% on an annual basis , outgrowing capacity of existing
storage arrays is a regular occurrence, effectively rendering upgrade cycles
to be a fact of life.
Although decommissioning and u... (more)
Our prior post, A Roadmap to High-Value Cloud Infrastructure: Disaster
Recovery and Data Protection, discussed both the benefits and limitations of
a cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) strategy. As we highlighted last week,
traditional disaster recovery options leave open a huge hole: At one extreme
are high-cost, quick recovery time options using hosted or colocation sites
and at the other extreme are low-cost, long recovery time options such as
tape or disk backup.
As a result, organizations who cannot afford a cold or hot standby site have
been left to either cobble together ... (more)
In the storage industry, we hear the term "migration" all the time - almost
every day. One of the first visuals that comes to my mind whenever I hear
that word is a neatly formed "V"-formation of geese or ducks flying south for
the winter. The "V" formation is a very efficient way to fly long distances.
One bird's wing-flapping causing a vortex, giving the bird directly behind
effortless lift. The group works together in this way to migrate vast
distances in a short amount of time while expending as little effort
Just as bird migration is inevitable, so to is data m... (more)
In the cloud storage industry, we talk a lot about “price wars.” Every 6
months or so, one of the major cloud storage providers drops their prices,
and everyone else follows suit. Well guess what?
Perhaps you’ve heard Google dropped the cost to $0.026/GB per month for
standard storage (GCS) and $0.020/GB per month for DRA (Durable Reduced
Availability). Of course, there will still be more price drops here and
there, but fundamentally we’ve reached the point where cloud storage has
effectively been commoditized.
As a result, you may be wondering about the impact to the... (more)