Infostor reports that unified storage systems have seen a rise in popularity and a high rate of adoption in the past 18-24 months. With seemingly all the major storage competitors jumping into unified storage, could a unified system like a NetApp storage system really help with cost reduction?
What is Unified Storage?
First, let’s break down how unified storage is defined. Storage vendors can approach unified storage in a couple of ways in terms of software and architecture, but no matter what brand, unified storage provides block, file, and object data storage in the same storage box.
Integrated unified systems, first advocated by NetApp, have both the SAN and NAS components combined under one operating system. This integrated approach manages block, file, and object storage under the same management interface.
Modular unified storage, such as EMC CLARiiON/Celerra, HP, Dell, and IBM storage systems, have a NAS front end on a traditional SAN storage system and are differentiated from the integrated NetApp approach (EMC now has unified storage in the VNX line).
How Unified Storage Helps with Cost Reduction:
- Simplified point of management:
Unified storage can help decrease the time needed to manage both block and file storage by consolidating them into a single unified system. Simplified management can help reduce costs by effectively using time and resources while decreasing the amount of time IT administrators need to spend managing multiple systems.
Operational costs can be impacted by a NetApp storage system because managing multiple systems can cost more than managing one unified system. Instead of having multiple tools across separate storage systems, IT administrators focus their energy on optimizing a single system and free up valuable time to work on more demanding SAN projects.
- Scalable storage that expands with your company.
Taking the place of complex infrastructures, unified storage provides the scalability you need to meet capacity and performance needs of your storage environment. By deploying a unified storage system that can scale with your changing environment demands, you can avoid expensive rip-and-replace operations and costly data migrations that take up valuable time and budget resources.
Unified storage offers a scale-out design so you can add storage capacity and expand your system as your environment grows. For example, NetApp storage systems allow you to add controller strength or more NetApp disk drives to obtain the performance your SAN demands.
- Pay-as-you-grow strategy.
A unified storage system allows you to add more capacity and performance as your storage needs grow and reap the financial benefits of spreading your purchase out over time. Because you can pay for additional capacity as you grow, you can spend less on your investment initially and add capacity as your SAN needs it.
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