Storage admins have a tough 2017 ahead of them. Despite the fact that business data needs are growing exponentially, experts predict that 2017 IT budgets will remain flat. And that means there’s no room for massive storage overhauls, no matter how much they’re needed.
But all is not lost. Without breaking the bank, you can get more life out of your existing infrastructure, find more performance and more capacity, and grow economically. Using software-defined storage (SDS), your IT department can meet data needs now, while keeping an eye on the future.
Here are three compelling ways that SDS can help you future-proof your storage:
- It allows all devices to play nice together
Many IT departments have vendor storage solutions that were once top-of-the-line, but are now flagging in terms of capacity, performance, and the newest features. Without SDS, these departments would be stuck approaching that vendor and paying a significant sum for an upgrade – something that simply isn’t in the budget. Plus, this method may only hold your needs for another few years. What happens when that expensive upgrade becomes outdated?
Vendor-neutral SDS frees your IT department from storage hardware lock-in. Not only does it allow multiple vendor products to work together, but it also makes it easy to bring in cheaper commodity hardware to expand capacity. This saves on the budget, and ensures that your storage keeps up with your upcoming data needs – without requiring a complete overhaul.
- It breathes new life into old hardware
Your business is depending on your storage systems. But without pouring money into your outdated, flagging SAN, you’re risking catastrophe. With SDS, you can avoid the panic attacks and breathe new life into older hardware, giving yourself time to plan for the future without worrying that your storage is going to come to a grinding halt.
ioFABRIC Vicinity remediates your SAN by coupling it with newer technologies that you have incorporated into your storage environment, and optimizes all of them to their best performance. Your SAN will continue to do what it does best, while newer technologies like flash are utilized for high performance data.
- It creates a flexible environment for growth
The words “rip and replace” send shudders down the spine of anyone who holds the purse strings. And for good reason. Replacing an entire storage environment with something shiny and new is expensive and time consuming – often prohibitively so.
SDS creates a storage environment that enables you to add hardware whenever it is required, with no downtime or delays. Looking to the future, this means that you can build up your environment piece by piece, rather than having to go through an expensive and time-consuming overhaul.
A flat budget doesn’t have to mean a flat future. With ioFABRIC Vicinity, you can keep pace with your growing data needs without ripping your hair out figuring out where the money will come from.
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