Why Storage Efficiency Matters

As any storage admin knows, data growth is outstripping storage budget growth by over 10x. We constantly require more capacity, incur more complexity, and find it harder to maintain performance and service levels.

What if I told you that you don’t need more storage? Or, more accurately, that you can defer getting more storage for a while by making your current storage to be more efficient?

Efficiencies in storage reduce your costs. Adding more capacity means adding more costs. Adding flash media for performance, means adding more costs. Adding more staff hours to manually manage the environment, means adding more costs. Instead, make more of what you already have.

To drill down to whether or not efficiency matters in your environment, or if poor storage efficiency is having an impact, start by asking “What problems am I facing?” One common problem is latency and slowdowns.

There are “easy” solutions for increasing performance, such as add flash/flash arrays (instant performance, just add storage!). Not only does this run up a high tab, it adds complexity and management effort, as well as a learning curve. It can also add another storage silo to your data center.

IT infrastructures today consist of mixed hardware, media, and protocols – flash and hard drives, direct-attached, SAN, NAS, cloud storage, to name a few. ioFABRIC engineers typically see resource utilization of only 60 percent in these environments. This is poor efficiency, and again, it’s all too common.

Instead of adding more resources that ultimately will be similarly underutilized, improving efficiency reclaims that available, but untapped, capacity. And by optimizing the storage usage so that only active data utilizes fast flash resources, you uncover additional performance in what you already have.

Efficient storage solutions deliver overall improvements throughout the environment, which is rarely the case with expensive storage solutions. Storage efficiency should orchestrate and coordinate your resources with your workload requirements.

Software-Defined Storage and Efficiency

Our Vicinity software is saving people storage management costs and time. All software-defined storage solutions offer capabilities that unify the infrastructure and centralize management tasks. Whether or not they are all efficient is debatable. Improving storage utilization – what ESG senior analyst Mark Peters calls “storage reuse” – is getting more life and value from resources you didn’t know you had, that you’ve already paid for.

Vicinity does not create more storage silos or more sprawl. Is the underlying infrastructure still complex and diverse? Yes. But Vicinity hides that complexity, eliminating the time and effort that goes along with it. All storage is unified and managed under one dashboard. Using different storage devices no longer requires unique skills or knowledge, and no longer requires manual chores. And when you do need to add more resources, Vicinity makes sure you get the maximum value from that investment.

Vicinity is a true storage efficiency solution. To hear more about Vicinity’s technical features, join our beta program, or partner with ioFABRIC, connect with us here!

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