However, in recent years this perception has changed. Those who do not invest properly in storage or modernize data centers, are likely to lose out in the long run, while the competition will be better prepared to deal with the growing number of IT challenges that will arise.
This context helps explain why, according to IDC based systems iperconvergente infrastructure (HCI) are the segment’s fastest growing market for converged or integrated systems. The transition to a new approach to the infrastructure of the data center is powered by budget reduction or static and IT undersized team, while the demands of the business and end users towards IT are still rising. And it is at this juncture that the new advances in virtual storage become important.
Virtual storage has proven to be a key component on which to base the competitive advantage today. Virtual storage allows the organization to prepare for the dynamic business of the future, supporting the need for a perspective of always-on “availability”, added security and asked to provide a return on investment (ROI). Without this, organizations may remain in the queue, a situation that would like to explore in greater detail.
Business Continuity Implementation
The Business Continuity is an aspect that many organizations give for granted, but it can easily become a problem when you try to digitally transform the business. By deploying multiple data centers by organizations, it is possible that there is an interruption between two locations and this means that in order to continue the business, is required backup from another site. The stretch clusters offered by the virtual storage solutions, allow you to manage this problem across multiple data centers. If a site you have problems, another site can continue working without interruption by creating and maintaining a backup of your data intelligently.
The Danish supermarket Coop has benefited from exactly this configuration. After moving all its servers on a single physical server platform, the supermarket has been faced with a problem. For two minutes, every Thursday at 12, occurred a complete shutdown of all its systems. The research of the problem required several weeks, leading to discover that the antivirus system by downloading the file to the new definitions at the same time on all 1,300 servers, causing the total shutdown of the entire infrastructure. The supermarket was effectively blocked, they can not process any transaction. This has led to costly solution to move some systems on separate storage platforms.
After deploying our virtual storage platform, VSANs, Coop has been able to ensure business continuity. The best performance of virtual storage have made it possible to maintain the performance of the system despite the antivirus system continues to download the definitions file. This has also meant that Coop can rely on VSANs as the only solution for their storage needs, making it a cost-effective choice.
This aspect partly explains why the Software-Defined Storage is today the basis of any business process for Coop, starting from the speakers in the shops, to the provision of goods from warehouses and all processes at headquarters.
Improved security with virtual safety zones
The Software-Defined Storage is also currently used by organizations to solve one of the major problems facing the IT, namely the need to stay one step ahead of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks. The most recent offer of VSAN provides encryption tools that allow customers to encrypt data; In this way security can be integrated in the data during various steps. The virtual storage platforms can also connect seamlessly to the network, an appearance which enhances the effectiveness and safety.
Total Benefit from cost reduction
Another positive aspect of the virtual storage is represented by the potential return on investment and reduce costs, which can lead to an organization, an aspect for which the New College Durham has taken full advantage. Under pressure from the British government to slash costs, the university was forced to seek a solution to replace the Storage Area Network (SAN) exists and has opted for an alternative Software-Defined. The university has immediately benefited from savings of between 100,000 and 120,000 pounds, just does not updating the physical Storage Area Network.
Even distribution of the initial platform has led to a considerable saving on operating costs, for example by changing the levels of service and speeding up the workload configuration. The virtual storage solutions translate essentially the costs of human resources, so that the configuration of individual hardware components in the data center can be managed from an economic virtual layer, without requiring the intervention of an operator.
Storage is no longer just repetitive tasks to ensure the storage capacity for business data. IT departments crushed by budget constraints, security issues and business continuity, can benefit from new advances in virtual storage to address these challenges head. It is time to change the perception of storage; it is not “a part of the set of technologies required to store the data” but “a fundamental element of a Software-Defined based on which the company can build its competitive advantage.” Companies that do not pass this availability mode “always on”, are likely to quickly lose ground to more nimble competitors with better security. The transition to the modernization of the data is already in place; the failure to adapt could mean a future in the recovery.