9 minute readHandling Data Storage Issues
Big Data requires, based on the name alone, large scale, and often complex, storage and organization. IT Leaders face an uphill battle managing their data storage systems. The systems themselves are evolving into large and more complex systems, which requires greater knowledge on the part of the IT Leaders. In addition, more responsibilities are being laid on IT Directors, often beyond the scope of just IT, to business and operational matters. The issues coming from different angles can compete against one another, making it difficult to always know the best steps to take.
Improve Your Storage Systems
Storage systems play a crucial role in the productivity, security, and business continuity of your organization. You may be dealing with performance issues, timeliness, data corruption, and of course they are all weighed against costs. Sometimes the best move is to take a step back and thoroughly troubleshoot your storage systems.
IT leaders know that it is not just about the quality and volume of data at your disposal, but how accessible it is. To make timely business decisions, you need instant access to your data as well as the ability to rapidly analyze and process it.
Performance issues can arise from the actual devices themselves, the networks that combine them, bandwidth unavailability, backup systems, or the software itself. Whatever the case may be, these inefficiencies need to be identified and ironed out quickly to stay productive and get the most from your data.
Aside from managing the EOL cycles of your data storage systems, and any issues that may arise from it, operational factors might also play a role. For example, data growth is
accelerating at a pace that is making it increasingly difficult for organizations to keep up. The complexity of data storage systems, however, makes it difficult to spot exactly where the bottlenecks are and what causes them.
Of course, your precious data is stored and transferred between your various storage devices, or SANs (Storage Area Networks). This means which storage systems you use can play a significant role in the relative security of said data.
According to IBM, the average data breach costs organizations $4.24 million and is currently at its highest point in nearly 17 years.
Security issues related to how you store your data can appear at the software, hardware, or even networking level. The security perimeter of organizations, however, has never been as large or difficult to analyze, especially when combined with cloud storage.
Furthermore, physical threats such as disasters or power outages may also severely impact the availability or integrity of your data. Any safety issues with the physical location where your data systems are located, or with the devices themselves, must be discovered and addressed.
Like many other IT assets, identifying and fixing issues with your hardware or software issues is critical. You need to be sure that all issues are addressed up front to ensure that you won’t face any problems.
What might seem like a slight dip in I/O speeds now might be a sign of imminent catastrophic failure. In the event you’re caught off guard and unprepared, it could result in considerable disruptions to operations or an irrecoverable loss of data.
Finding and solving other issues with your data storage infrastructure, such as an unstable power supply, inadequate
heating/cooling, and more will also help you avoid costly device replacements.
On the other hand, by completing regular and effective storage troubleshooting, warning signs can be detected. In such a case, you can prepare for an orderly and graceful storage device replacement and data transfer.
If you find any data corruption from any of your data storage systems, you should immediately investigate. Data corruption can be a result of hardware or software issues or even that of malpractice or misuse. Once any data corruption occurs, the chances of it spreading, and your data being irretrievably corrupted, only increases.
Even if you, your corporate peers, team members, and other stakeholders understand the importance of storage troubleshooting, it may still be difficult to execute internally. Some obstacles that tend to get in the way of frequent and effective storage troubleshooting:
Disparate storage endpoints:
One of the key issues facing IT and cybersecurity teams today is the fact that their organization’s data is stored in too many places. Many organizations make use of multi-platform storage solutions. Instead of a single, monolithic data center, organizations often rely on a combination of on-premise, remote, and cloud-based storage solutions. As a result, there is a lack of oversight and visibility across the entire storage ecosystem.This is doubly challenging from both a logistical standpoint, as one needs an inventory of all storage assets, and due to the variety of skills and expertise needed to use and manage the huge variety of devices and systems.
Businesses today are under increasing pressure to remain operational under all circumstances. This makes carrying out thorough maintenance a challenge, which includes storage troubleshooting. Every moment your business is offline, or you don’t have access to your data, represents a loss of opportunities.In turn, this places extreme pressure on IT leaders and their teams. Storage troubleshooting, and all subsequent maintenance, should be completed as efficiently and with the least amount of disruption as possible.
IT leaders are already under immense pressure to efficiently manage their organization’s IT budgets. Often, they are expected to deliver beyond what seems possible with their given budget. Ongoing and regularly scheduled maintenance adds to the burden on the budget, IT employees, and IT management in regards to time, energy, and productivity.It may, therefore, be tempting to only address issues once they are discovered, or to carry out isolated and small-scale troubleshooting. Such actions, however, may leave you blindsided to more critical issues.
Due to the increased attention on data privacy and protection, organizations have to navigate a more complex landscape of regulations and compliance guidelines than ever. Companies may have to balance regulations from multiple jurisdictions, such as the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act), and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).Many of these regulations and guidelines not only cover best practices, digital security, incident response, and transparency but how to implement and maintain physically secure storage systems.
Without considerable know-how, experience, as well as an investment of time and effort, finding the weaknesses or cases of regulatory non-compliance throughout your storage ecosystem can be a massive headache.
Reliant Technology Can Help with Your Data Storage Troubleshooting Needs
At Reliant Technology, every client offers us a unique opportunity to collaborate and share our knowledge and experience while unleashing the potential of your business through viable and proven IT solutions. Our veteran engineers have decades of experience and work as an extension of your own in-house team, not just a third-party vendor. It’s our responsibility to provide you with the best outcome possible.
With many years in the industry, and with wide-ranging expertise, we are comfortable working with organizations of all sizes and industries. Reliant Technology provides full-service solutions that include consulting, planning, and on-site support from our expert IT engineers. We listen to your requirements and plan every stage meticulously. We also have end-to-end physical solutions that cover everything from initial audits to the delivery of full cabling solutions. Our veteran engineers have decades of experience who work as an extension of your in-house team, not just a third-party vendor. It’s our responsibility to provide you the best outcome with no brand bias.
Whether you need help in troubleshooting your production, backup, or test development storage, Reliant Technology is here to help you.
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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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