• 07/20/2015
    7:00 AM
  • Rating: 
    0 votes
    Vote up!
    Vote down!

6 Methods To Cut Data Storage Costs

If your enterprise is struggling with spiraling storage, simply buying more capacity isn't the answer. Listen to your data and follow these guidelines.
  • 3. Maintain data mobility to avoid performance bottlenecks.

    Today, data can only move slowly between the levels of a tiered-storage system, and you should avoid storage systems that aren't able to provide you with an estimate of optimal data usage needed for each tier. As data moves through its hot, warm, and cold lifecycle, it requires different levels of performance and protection, which your infrastructure can accommodate if you make data mobility a priority and identify bottlenecks and latency issues before they pose major obstacles for production workloads.

    (Image: Jonathan Kos-Read/flickr)

  • 4. Remember latency in the cloud and on premises.

    While public cloud adoption rates are soaring, issues like security and control are often highlighted as the major obstacles when formulating an enterprise cloud strategy. However, latency remains a silent killer of cloud services. When you're moving data between clouds, across major distances, and through complex networks, latency issues are hard to avoid -- and you can't fight physics. Your users are accustomed to the feel of data that is close by. Put it across the continent, and they will notice. But you can seek out partners with connections to regional resources who can help you identify and bypass latency issues before they put your data, and your business, on hold.

    (Image: Guy Sie/flickr)

  • 5. Know there's no right answer when it comes to storage costs.

    When you compare the prices for high-endurance flash storage and traditional slow-speed spinning media, the disparity is staggering. Although flash prices are beginning to become more manageable, the cost of 1 gigabyte of flash is still incomparable to the costs associated with massive amounts of disk storage. There's no universal answer to the amount you should be spending on each tier of storage, because there's no universal definition for the requirements and performance needs of every dataset in your environment.

  • 6. Plan for the price curve.

    To successfully navigate the price curve, track the payoff you're receiving from every storage investment, and avoid paying for more than you need. Storage can be like a monthly delivery of fresh vegetables; if you're not planning your meals around ways to use them, you'll likely end up throwing many of them away. When most organizations track the specific needs of their data, they find that less than 10% of primary data belongs in high-performance storage tiers. By listening to your data and relegating only your hottest data to these expensive tiers, you'll be able to better support your own scaling needs and business growth.