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4 minute readGet the Most out of Your Storage: Performance Benchmarks

According to a recent survey that was conducted by LoadDynamix, a full two thirds of people in storage related leadership positions at large enterprises do not understand storage performance benchmarks and the ways that they’re positively or negatively affecting their own storage infrastructure.

65% of those who responded to the survey indicated that they only assess I/O use in an ad-hoc capacity and rely on the company that they’ve partnered with for storage to keep them abreast of this necessary information.

A General Understanding (Or Lack Thereof)

Despite the fact that the types of large enterprises that responded to the survey are likely to have some of the most sophisticated (and costly) storage solutions deployed in existence today, only 35% of those who responded indicated that they fully understand and accurately measure things like input/output profiles.

The implication from this number is that those who do not fall into this category are likely A) suffering from poor storage performance and B) do not understand why.

The Importance of Storage Performance

When asked what even the smallest of dips in storage performance could mean for their organization, a full 90% of those who responded to the survey indicted that it would almost definitely mean a loss of user satisfaction levels.

Over 50% of the people who responded indicated that it would mean lost revenue. 51% indicated that it would be a violation of the service level agreements that they have in place and an amazing 49% indicated that it would result in some type of significant downtime for their business.

Despite the fact that storage performance benchmarks are one of the most important ways to tell that a piece of hardware is actually performing in the way that it is needed to, people still don’t tend to devote as much time to these numbers as they should.

The Importance of Analytics

Despite a general lack of understanding among storage professionals regarding these benchmarks, they are still one of the best ways to accurately compare the performance of different types of solutions that an organization may be thinking of investing in.

The benchmarks provided by vendors are one thing, but they rarely mean anything in the context of the real-world workloads that businesses rely on daily.

Being able to understand analytics and storage benchmarks requires a general understanding of the variables that are at play. Workloads typically perform a combination of small I/O (input/output) and large I/O operations, which can affect the ways that benchmarks like input/output operations per second and throughput should be interpreted.

Only by putting these numbers in the context of the requirements of a business do they really start to take on any meaning.

What Do I Need to Do?

Having a thorough understanding of your storage performance benchmarks is vital to knowing the necessary upgrades and level of support that your storage infrastructure truly requires.

Buying: If you’re in the market to buy storage upgrades, understanding your performance benchmarks can give you more clarity to make informed decisions. Reliant Technology has the in-depth product knowledge to assist you in finding the right storage upgrades regardless of vendor or size of your organization.

Maintaining: Knowing the performance benchmarks of your hardware is key to understanding the maintenance and support you will need for that equipment. Without understanding these, you may be flying blind when you are comparing different support contract levels.

Reliant Technology offers comprehensive maintenance support for your storage, server, and networking hardware. With 5 levels of support available, you have the flexibility to choose the right SLA for your hardware – determined, in part, by these performance benchmarks.

Selling: Performance benchmarks can tell you if a piece of equipment you purchased simply isn’t performing, and you can look into selling it. Reliant Technology’s trade-in program gives you the opportunity to turn these storage assets into cash or credit to use for future storage hardware upgrades.

Contact Reliant Technology today for  more information on buying, maintaining, or selling your storage hardware.

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Reid Smith-Vaniz

by Reid Smith-Vaniz

Reid is the founder and CEO of Reliant Technology and for 14 years has pursued his mission to remove the pain associated with maintaining IT infrastructure. Reid writes on common challenges related to maintaining, servicing, tracking, budgeting, and upgrading technology.

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