By Kyle Christopher
Your big data concerns aren’t going away. Demand is increasing and services continue to escalate. According to IDC, data storage is “increasing at a compound annual growth rate of 53% between 2011 and 2016.” This increase in data will
continue to grow indefinitely, which is certain to have a profound impact on your storage budget. It is important to plan wisely for your data needs now. Here are a few ways to effectively manage your big data concerns.
1. Examine Your Data By Type
If you examine volume growth trends by the type, you’re more likely to identify possible system problems or anomalies. For example, a sudden uptick in tables and index volumes could show that a DBA is creating numerous duplicates of databases. Needless to say, examining your data by type also helps you identify user behavior and identify problems before they reach a critical level.
2. Report Long-Term Trends In Data Growth
It’s important to track your data by application, device, user, and type as well as trends over time. Identifying trends in data growth is vital to determining when additional capacity is needed. If you can identify trends over the long-term, you’ll be able to determine your long-term capital budget requirements.
3. Eliminate Useless Data Stores
All data is not created equal. Storage managers should always be aware of opportunities to reduce data volume. Eliminate unnecessary or duplicate data. Storage reclamation is a vital part of data storage management and should be addressed outright. There should be communication between storage managers and end users to ensure that data is never destroyed without this two-way communication. It’s worth considering whether you should have procedures documented to ensure that this type of dialogue happens.
4. Consider Alternative Solutions
A lot of IT professionals are now opting for alternative solutions within their IT infrastructure, whether that means repurposing legacy gear for Disaster Recovery or purchasing pre-owned storage to manage downtime or other concerns. If you haven’t considered pre-owned storage (or management says it’s out of the question), you might at least consider using it to backup your data. Not having a viable backup solution could have disastrous consequences.
Manage your big data concerns before they manage you. It can be surprisingly simple to get a feasible solution in place quickly. Reliant is here to help, whether you’re just researching right now or you are actively pricing used EMC, NetApp or other hardware. Feel free to comment in the space below or contact us directly using our online chat.