How To Extend the Life of Your SAN When You’re out of Capacity, Performance… and Options

Sooner or later, you’re going to run low on capacity on your SAN. Your users are going to start complaining about performance. Your support costs are going to go up. And worse, your go-to storage vendor is going to tell you it’s time to replace it all.

Your CFO is going to tell you there’s not enough in your budget to buy new. Your sanity is going to tell you this is no time for a massive data migration project, with all the downtime, delay, and risk it entails.

Perhaps there’s still life in your SAN. Perhaps there’s a way to add performance, capacity, and updated technology, in a way that’s hassle-free, risk-free, and within budget.

Introducing the SAN Extender! No, this is not a late-night infomercial. (What are you doing up at this hour, anyway?)

One of the innovative ways ioFABRIC customers are deploying our Vicinity software is just that: as a SAN extender. Vicinity helps them add more performance, more capacity, and new features to their current SAN, building on what they already have, without a costly and time-consuming rip-and-replace project.

Used in this way, Vicinity helps them gradually modernize elements of their data centers. They can add new resources to their existing SANs, such as flash for performance, inexpensive hard drives for capacity, or overflow to cloud storage. All systems and applications, both new and old, remain fully available and centrally manageable. Vicinity automatically maintains application Quality of Service levels: utilizing the appropriate storage, monitoring performance, optimizing capacity, and managing data protection. Additionally, Vicinity maintains service levels, adapting in real-time as demands and workloads change.

In budget-constrained SMBs or departments within a larger company, requests for significant upgrades – such as moving fully to an all-flash or hyperconverged infrastructure – can fall on deaf ears. However, clever IT professionals find less resistance to installing a “SAN extender” that is within their existing budget, requires no downtime, no delays, no disruption, no storage provisioning, and no manual data migration.

I’ve worked on brand-new technologies for more than 20 years, including storage, internet security, and e-commerce, so I understand all too well that purchasing decisions are often reactive, based on a current or impending crisis. In a perfect world, choosing new products should be strategic and long-range. In the real world, we’re problem-solvers, and an aging SAN is a problem that can be fixed.

If you’re looking to extend the life of your existing SAN, whether because of the cost or effort of replacing it, or to reduce risk…call now. Operators are standing by. (Actually, they are.)

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