Where exactly does data live? Your data is vital to your business, so it deserves a good home.

It is as simple as that.

However, with technology continuously advancing and businesses constantly pressuring to cut costs, data seems to have to move its residence quite frequently. Data can now be housed on physical servers, virtual appliances, or the Cloud.

So, since data has to live somewhere, how does a storage engineer determine where the data needs to live?


There are a few considerations to keep in mind when deciding where your data should live:

        •  Is the data critical to my business?
        •  Is this data archive data?

One of the first things a storage engineer should consider when figuring out where data should live, is whether or not the data is critical to the business. Does data, such as that from an email server or online transaction processing database require high amounts of IOPS and capacity for a very I/O intensive production environment? Or is the data going to be some type of archive data that, once it is stored, will simply sit there until it needs to be accessed months or years down the road?

When you know the answer to this question, it can help provide some clarity as to where the data should live. For instance, do you need to have archive data on a Tier 1, Symmetrix VMAX storage array that can cost the organization millions of dollars to host inside the internal data center? Probably not.

Storage Engineer as Broker

In a circumstance such as archive data an engineer can basically elect to broker where they move the data. Different vendors have platforms where they can allow you to use cloud storage which can be cheaper for your organization than having that data live on your multi-million dollar storage array that should be reserved for data that is more critical to your business.