Posted in Computers by Joe Colburn on the October 15th, 2012
This post brought to you by CDW. All opinions are 100% mine.
Fresh, still, is the feeling of frustration experienced while searching sometimes an hour or more for a document that someone in the office swore was in the system but could not find and needed right away. The re-direction of valuable man-hours from a client project to a sudden MS Word file search and recovery mission is reason enough to look into data virtualization and storage solutions like those CDW offers, but keep reading for more reasons and to find out what it all means.
What are Data Storage Management and Virtualization Solutions?
In short, they are tools, processes, and policies used to manage storage networks and storage services. They utilize technologies including process automation, real-time infrastructure products and storage provisioning and can introduce or increase flexibility and optimization, and help with performing non-disruptive file migrations.
What sector of your business could utilize these services?
Any business which needs a large amount of data to be accessed, and optionally written, by a group of employees or teams on a project would be a fine candidate for these services. In my case, I've used such systems to share documents from project meetings and aid in facilitating the open flow of information. Without them, I could have certainly completed the work I was doing, but at the cost of some inefficiency and reduced communication.
How can you help your organization see value in software management and virtualization solutions?
If you think storage management and virtualization is right for your company but find yourself faced with bureaucracy, take note of the areas where such implementation might prevent team or client frustration or where it may help to streamline some existing processes. Point these things out and make note of the potential monetary savings your company could face with a proper system in place.
A Little More In Depth
Data storage software management and virtualization is a concept that is really made up of a number of things that work together to bring harmony to your data storate and retrieval. Each component of storage management and virtualization is a good step on its own, but it's the combination that really makes the solution. Let's take a look at each, individually.
Storage Area Networks (SANs) - Network storage designed to be accessible and act like locally attached storage devices. SANs provide good file support for organizations with a healthy flow of data and a team that relies largely on data for day-to-day operations.
Blade Servers – stripped down computers that rely on a blade enclosure for power and other resources. These provide a way to scale while saving on resources and are a good solution for businesses with dynamic data needs.
Storage Management Software – This provides centralizes management of both your data and your storage solutions. With storage management software, you can automate data processes and remove complexity from the management of your system.
Archiving Software – Archiving software helps manage your data's file cycle and retention, streamlining the process and making available more resources.
E-Discovery Software – This hits home for anyone who has spent hours searching for a critical file in their system. E-Discovery software makes it much faster and easier, using archiving as a base.
Data De-duplication – That's DE-duplication, as in making sure you don't have 20 of the same flat file on disk. This provides decent space savings.
Data Storage Virtualization – Commonly used in SANs, data storage virtualzation combines multiple data points into one system for ease of use and access.
Get The Red Report
What I've provided above is a summary of how it all works, but you should dive in and commit to learning more if you feel that data storage and virtualization is right for your company. You can download CDW's Red Report for free for a limited time from this link: Reduce Your IT Data Storage Requirements by 20-40%. This document gives you an exclusive insider view as to how you can manage your data. In it, you can learn how to:
Gain faster access to critical information
Better support your workforce
Protect organizational data
Eliminate infrastructure inefficiencies
Get informed and get your data where it needs to be.
About the author
Joe Colburn is a software engineer specializing in PHP and a technology enthusiast. Always eager to dive into new and exciting things, Joe writes about anything technology related news and products that he thinks you will also be excited about. Find Joe Colburn on Google+ or by any of the links below.
Thanks for sharing this powerful message. Well, I agree with Jym that there’s definitely no need to apologize for tearing up, on the contrary I want to congratulate you on your courage to show your emotions.