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July 10, 2017


You know the fear… Your SAN is coming up on year four. Your enterprise storage vendor is knocking at the door. The dreaded forklift upgrade is on the horizon. And along with it comes manual data migration, downtime, and even data loss.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

You’ve faced the storage hardware refresh; you know what a pain it can be. The associated manual data migration has always been a critical – and unfortunately inevitable – part of upgrading your storage environments.

You know how it goes: your 3-year-old enterprise SAN is working fine, but the vendor tells you it’s time for an upgrade (or they jack up support prices and essentially force you into one).

Now you need approval for a big spend, the time and resources to set up a new piece of hardware, plus you have to do a manual data migration. With downtime. And possible data loss. And, and, and….

ioFABRIC Vicinity is evergreen storage, eliminating the entire storage refresh cycle. Manual data migration – and all of the related, frustrating issues – are gone. Forever.

What is evergreen storage?

Evergreen storage allows you to add new performance and/or capacity storage media at any time, as needed. It’s “always on” storage, so that even when you do need to retire old storage resources, they are automatically re-purposed in less demanding roles.

Essentially, it means keeping your environment current by leveraging software and adding media when necessary, rather than replacing storage every couple of years.

Evergreen storage makes manual data migration a thing of the past

Here are just a few of the headaches that come with manual data migration that evergreen storage can solve for your business:

  1. Prolonged downtime

Typically, manual data migration automatically means downtime. But with evergreen storage, that can be eliminated altogether by allowing new storage media to be added, or older and outdated media to be reused or ripped out, as necessary.

The data fabric sitting on top of your system will ensure that performance and capacity targets are continually being met during this transition, meaning you’ll never have to worry about downtime again.

  1. Human error

Vicinity’s smart AI works in the background to maintain performance, capacity, and protection. Since all of this management is done by state-of-the-art software, you don’t have to worry about data loss, confusion, or delays as a result of human error.

  1. Data loss

Because you won’t be doing any more manual migrations, you won’t run the risk of losing any data in the process. Plus, Vicinity automatically replicates all of your data, and heals around changes, so that even if disaster strikes, you’re protected.

  1. Time consuming and expensive

The cost to replace or upgrade storage can be prohibitively high. And manually migrating data requires a specialized skillset and a significant amount of time.

Rather than dumping all of these resources into a system that you’re just going to have to upgrade again in a few years’ time, evergreen storage enables you to prolong the life of your current storage media. This means less budget devoted to unnecessary upgrades, and more devoted to forward-thinking initiatives.

Check out more detail on how ioFABRIC gives your storage a longer life, or sign up for a demo to see it in action!

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