There was a great post a couple of weeks ago, with
1) Drives the price of disk higher, at a time when the expectation is to spend less for disk
2) Has IT getting more creative on how they use and deploy their storage
It is the later that I want to focus on as paying more for disk is not necessarily the best option. It is important to note that data grows for one reason, business does not stop, it needs to keep going and it is what is driving the demand on the data.
In the Forbes piece Tom talks about “a surge in new technologies because of this disk shortage” but he doesn’t cover some of the most innovative technologies that are available to help customers. I would agree with Tom that we “could” see a surge in SSD but that would be short lived do to both supply and cost as well as a surge in tape, but these aren’t really “new technologies”.
New technologies for primary storage optimization can and will play a key role in helping IT be more productive with their existing capacity. New technology such as
The Real-time Compression technology is truly a “new” technology that can expect to surge in this environment. IT can deploy this technology and expect:
1) Up to 80% compression on their primary storage
- This means they can defer adding new capacity until the HDD market comes back and disk prices stabilize
2) See up to 80% optimization in each of their downstream processes that use disk
- Meaning up to 80% less capacity for snapshots
- Meaning up to 80% less capacity for replication
- Meaning up to 80% less capacity for backups
(In each of these cases, each process uses disk so there is a tremendous savings by just compressing the primary copy of the data)
3) The technology will be transparent to their existing infrastructure
In addition, Real-time Compression can cut your cost per TB by a factor of your compression ratio (50% compression is a 2:1 cost reduction in your $/TB cost). It is also the case, if you are looking to SSD for performance, you can now afford to spend some money on SSD or more money on SSD given the new cost model.
Now, the “new” technology does need to be efficient and fit into a customer’s existing infrastructure seamlessly or it isn’t really useful. Asking IT to change their processes can be just as costly as purchasing new capacity in the long run. I mention this because in a related story,
The moral of the story is that I do believe that new technologies are going to “surge” (as Tom states) in his piece, because IT will need other alternatives to the shortage of disk drive that are available and the higher prices. In addition, this will force IT to look at their environment to identify how to be more efficient with their storage environment as stuff like the flood could come up again and affect the supply and demand of HDD. But the right technologies that not only help with storage capacity as well as data growth needs to be the answer to the challenge. The best technologies fit into IT’s existing infrastructure and makes it more efficient overall.