Legacy storage is essentially storage hardware that is still functional, but is outdated or unsupported. Even though you may upgrade your array to a newer technology that does not necessarily mean that your legacy storage array is completely useless to your organization. Instead, consider some of these options to utilize your legacy storage arrays.
1. Backup to Disk.
You can decide to use your legacy storage array as a way to back up your mission-critical or hard to backup applications to disk instead of to tape. Using a backup-to-disk method as opposed to backup-to-tape can mean faster backups and restores. This can help give you some peace of mind that, if an issue arises, you can recover your information quickly.
2. Convert your legacy array to a Tier 2 storage platform.
Using your legacy array as a Tier 2 storage platform can host applications that do not require a high level of performance or data that is rarely accessed. So, instead of using 146GB Fibre Channel drives, you can put higher capacity drives such as 1, 2, or 3TB SATA drives and turn your legacy array into a totally different box. Or, if you have a half-populated legacy array, you can add more trays or shelves to turn it into a Tier 2 storage platform or one of the other options here.
3. Move the legacy array to DR
You could also consider making your legacy array an element in your Disaster Recovery solution. Because there are multiple ways to move your data between your primary location to your DR location, you may not need array-based replication where the arrays have to communicate with each other. Instead, you can use host-based replication that can eliminate the need to have a like-for-like DR box at your remote location.
4. Trade in or sell your legacy array
Depending on the system you have, it may have some remaining value. Consider reaching out to a reseller like Reliant through our Asset Recovery & Buyback program to trade in or sell your unwanted legacy array. When it comes to determining the value of your equipment, there are a lot of variables that can come into play such as supply & demand, market trends, system configuration, and equipment type. However, quotes from Reliant are typically returned within 1-24 hours depending on the complexity of the assets you are trying to sell.
5. Make your legacy array a test or development box
Many storage administrators may complain about not having a good lab environment on which to test out technologies they are considering implementing. You may only have a production environment with sufficient extra capacity for testing one critical application, but using a legacy array gives you the ability to test out multiple technologies to implement in the future without affecting your production environment.
Maintenance for Legacy Arrays
While manufacturers may stop supporting the technologies from your legacy arrays, third-party maintenance providers such as Reliant can help support your legacy arrays with contracts that can meet your needs with trained storage consultants that can provide accelerated services and response times compared to the manufacturer.
So, if you’re interested in considering one of these options and want to speak with a storage consultant, reach out to Reliant via chat, phone, or email.