The world of IT has refocused its efforts in recent years to place an increased emphasis not only on the technology and the services being provided by data centers, but also on the business outcomes that they’re able to create. An issue that this is creating, however, has to do with how these important business outcomes relate to storage. Storage has long been considered to be the plumbing of the data center world in that it is an absolute necessary but is hardly the “flashiest” solution to any one particular problem.
However, storage also has a significant impact on not only an IT budget but on the larger user experience in general. Both data protection and uptime percentages are directly related to storage, which has thrust the issue into the forefront of the minds of CIOs all over the country.
Storing Data Both Now and Forever
One of the main impacts that storage has on the business world has to do with the relatively new requirements that data be kept for at the very least very long periods of time. Many organizations are finding new ways to repurpose old data on a daily basis, allowing them to increase efficiency or provide better support at the same time.
As a result, businesses need to pair up the particular type of data that they’re trying to store with the ideal storage platform in question. One of the tricks to accomplishing this successfully comes in knowing that “ideal” will be constantly redefined, particularly as data is required less and less frequently and as it ages.
Make no mistake: providing significant, efficient access to data, regardless of age, is a major benefit for IT employees everywhere.
Disaster Protection and Prevention
Another implication that data has on the business world has to do with how it relates to potential disaster. Data loss can happen due to an unfortunately long list of circumstances. As storage arrays and drives age, the small moving parts that allow computers and other devices to access data break – taking the data itself along with them.
Every type of storage situation requires a unique recovery method. If an application becomes corrupted, a server crashes, a storage system fails or more, IT professionals need to make sure that they’re regularly snapshotting the primary storage system to help aid in the recovery process and minimize downtime as much as possible.