In a time when dramatic data growth is the norm, capacity challenges are a top concern for IT professionals everywhere. More data has been created in the past two years than in the entire previous history of the human race and data growth shows no signs of slowing down.
Here are some tips and tricks to get your environment working at peak efficiency and help you overcome capacity issues within your data center.
High Density Drives and Enclosures
High density drives and shelves can help you solve several issues in your IT infrastructure. First, deploying high density shelves will help you make sure your organization has the data storage space to grow.
Second, it helps consolidate storage space within your storage environment by guaranteeing that your business has the physical space necessary to house all your data without needing to allocate extra space as your organization’s data continues to grow. End users have several options when it comes to adding high capacity drives and shelves from OEMs like EMC, NetApp, and more.
Know When to Stop Storing Data
While it’s no secret that certain types of data (especially when it comes to clients) has to be kept and accessible for long periods of time, not every file that you create should be kept forever.
For example, video files take up large amounts of storage, but how long do you need to save this data? Putting a data retention policy in place that specifies how long each type of date should be kept.
Take out the Trash: Not All Data is Created Equal
If your organization is anything like other businesses, then you may have some “trash” files. These are files that don’t provide value but for some reason your organization won’t let them go.
These files can be anything from photos, videos, or multiple versions of the same document. Whatever the file may be, “trash” data has the ability to consume large amounts of storage. This could be the source of your capacity challenges.
Migrate Older Data
As certain files get older, they usually lose importance. While you may not be able to delete these files because of compliance regulations, you can definitely migrate them to a secondary storage array. Moving less frequently accessed data to other storage drives can help you relieve some capacity issues.
Need Help Overcoming Capacity Challenges?
Still struggling with capacity demands? These tips are just a few ways to ease data growth pains. Reach out to one of our storage specialists for help crafting a data storage solution that meets your capacity needs or give us a call at 1.877.227.0828.