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Planning for the Rebound Recession

According to many economists, after we work our way through this current recession we will have a period of economic growth, possibly as short as a few quarters but more likely a year or maybe even two. And then, like a rebound headache, we will have a rebound recession that may be worse and longer than the current one we are in.

I'll let the political blog sites argue about whether or not this is true and whose fault it is. But from an IT perspective, what can you do to prepare for this, just in case? Once again, flexibility raises its hand -- and overreaction to the current decline or false euphoria over a supposed turnaround are recipes for disaster.

How you handle a rebound recession has a lot to do with how you handle this one and how you respond when things start to improve. It really comes down to selecting flexible systems with the ability to scale. Not only the ability to scale large, although that is important, but to scale large in very granular increments.

From a storage perceptive that means selecting solutions that have thin provisioning capabilities like those from 3PAR, HDS, Compellent, and others. As we discussed in our thin provisioning article, this approach allows you to add new projects but does not require that you buy all the storage upfront. Because if that rebound recession does come, then you may be stuck with a project that never reaches its projected capacity and a bunch of storage that never gets used.

As I covered in a previous entry here, this also includes having the ability to use the reclamation capabilities that these companies, and now Symantec, are providing so as you free up space from a project that is in decline, the storage capacity can be released back to the global pool.

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