Your company’s central storage array is vital to normal business operations, and priceless in terms of the information it contains. Perhaps it has been in place for many years and has mostly served you well. What you haven’t noticed is that over time, as the amount of stored data increases, the performance began to degrade. Most likely this occurred so gradually that you didn’t even realize it. In fact, you still may not. What you probably have noticed is that the system requires more routine maintenance now and the IT person is starting to get downright panicky about “free space”. You need to cleanup.

failing storage systemPainstaking data storage cleanup process

You embark on a painstaking cleanup process, and as a result you free up an additional 30% of your available storage. You are thinking, “Problem Solved”, but all you really did is kick the can down the road, perhaps for another 6 months. Now the cycle repeats again… free space gets short and IT folks get panicky.

You again engage in a painstaking cleanup process only to find that this time you could only reclaim 10% of free storage. And while that buys you 2 more months of smooth operation, you begin to see the writing on the wall as you realize that each future cleanup will produce diminishing returns.

There is no way to win this game…. at least not with that storage system. Worst of all, it can leave you in a situation where you have to make a fast decision to buy new storage just to keep things running, and fast decisions are never the best ones.

Then the idea comes to you. “Cloud Storage!”. There’s infinite space on the cloud for those who are willing to pay for it. Need more? Pay more. Your IT person’s hair starts to grow back and just as you start feeling accomplished, you get a call from the Business Operations Manager wondering why they are paying for 3rd party storage AND an IT team to manage local storage.

The last resort should have been the first option

As a last resort, you do what you should have done in the first place: Talk to your IT team about genuine long-term solutions to the problems that face your growing business. Sensing that you are actually serious this time, they dutifully set out to research the latest and greatest in mid-tier storage, scouring web sites and attending trade shows.

They return wide-eyed, like Moses from the mountain, with an impressive list of must-haves that you were not even aware of. Things like 1-second RPO. They describe how invading malware and failed software updates can be simply “rolled back” to the second before they occurred with no data loss.

They talk about performing deduplication and data-compression on the fly, so excessive “junk” never gets into the storage system, and the data that does is already optimized. There is talk about a dedicated storage operating system designed specifically to streamline storage operations, so cumbersome tasks like multiple volume restores can be done in minutes, not hours.

At the end, your most trusted IT person hands you a business card they received from a storage expert at Core Evolution Group and implores you to contact them. Apparently while you were all so busy trying to save your “dinostorage” from extinction, someone in the industry evolved… and welcomed in the age of innovation.

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