Storage Assessment Program Exposes Hidden Inefficiencies

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Over the past decade, corporate data storage systems have experienced unprecedented growth. Demand for storage capacity has withstood a 50% per year growth rate since the year 2000, and shows no indication of abating. This remarkable rate of growth has left IT departments reeling and the company's data storage infrastructure in disarray. To meet this challenge, Data Center Enhancements Inc. has created a comprehensive 25-point Storage Assessment program. This service employs storage-specific monitoring tools and a proven methodology to identify hidden bottlenecks, operational inefficiencies, and latent capacity. Input from the physical analysis is then reviewed by a Senior Storage Architect and submitted to IT management in an approximately 100-page summary report, with specific recommendations to mitigate problems, implement "best practices", and capitalize on opportunities.

Storage Assessment Report

There are strong drivers for the market growth; besides all the usual suspects [e-mail, databases, files, etc.], there are growing segments of data protection, data archive and fixed content [videos, digital photos, etc.] that will continue boosting demand for storage capacity.

Data Center Enhancements Inc. announces the release of their new STORAGE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM, a comprehensive 25-point review and analysis of SAN/NAS/DAS storage infrastructure. This far-reaching, vendor-neutral program examines existing storage infrastructure and identifies areas where even modest changes can yield significant cost, efficiency, and capacity improvements.

The global economy may be down, but demand for data storage has not followed suite! According to a recent IDC report, "There are strong drivers for the market growth; besides all the usual suspects [e-mail, databases, files, etc.], there are growing segments of data protection, data archive and fixed content [videos, digital photos, etc.] that will continue boosting demand for storage capacity." In a Dec. 2008 Ziff-Davis survey, 42% of the respondents expect an increase in storage purchases in 2009. Almost 90% of the companies surveyed expect storage to continue growing at 25-50% during the coming year.

According to Randy Cochran, President of Data Center Enhancements Inc., "Most corporations are literally drowning in their own data. The average company's storage needs are expanding at a rate of 30%-50% per year, and has maintained this growth rate for the last seven years. This unprecedented surge of data consumes massive amounts of storage capacity, backup resources, electrical energy, data center floor-space, and human support skills. The traditional approach of just-add-more-disks only exacerbates today's storage problems. Companies need to overhaul their legacy SAN or NAS infrastructure for maximum operational efficiency and performance."

There are numerous methods available for managing this excessive data growth, including consolidation, virtualization, storage tiering, de-duplication, policy-based management, and other approaches. However until a comprehensive review of the current storage structure has been completed, it is difficult to identify which combination of technologies and architecture will yield the desired results. This review usually entails a detailed examination of all storage components, design configuration, performance, power consumption, policies and procedures, physical resource consumption, support costs, skills requirements, and other aspects of the infrastructure.

Data Center Enhancements Inc. has "packaged" a comprehensive analysis program for evaluating storage, capturing key growth and performance metrics, analyzing raw data, and presenting the results in a coherent and professional document. This program includes:

  • Monitoring and capture of key storage infrastructure metrics
  • Review and evaluation of the existing SAN Network structure
  • Determination of equipment age, capacity, flexibility and scalability
  • Identification of data activity, internal LUN structure, and internal configuration
  • Analysis of current stored data to identify problems and limitations
  • Review of SLAs, service structures, and support contract costs
  • Evaluation of estimated energy consumption and determination of alternatives
  • Documentation of the analysis results in a clear, objective, and readable format
  • Ways to alleviate current problems, and leverage advanced technologies

The first step in coming to grips with the problem is to understand what condition data is in today, and identify what specifically steps can be taken to improve the situation. Our new STORAGE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM does just that. It is a starting point that presents management with a comprehensive, realistic representation of their current storage infrastructure status, and points out areas where significant improvements and efficiencies can be achieved.

For more information about Data Center Enhancements Inc.'s new Storage Assessment Service, please visit our Web site at http://www.dc-ei.com or contact Randy Cochran at (630) 513-9747.

Data Center Enhancements Inc. is an advanced technical consulting company specializing in IT infrastructure design and strategic planning service. Our focus is on rapidly emerging technologies and new product breakthroughs. We excel in the delivery of in-depth analysis, planning, architectural design, implementation and project management for complex information systems, storage networks, IT infrastructure, and the efficient data center. Additional details about Data Center Enhancements Inc. and its services can be found at http://www.dc-ei.com.

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Campton Hills, IL 60175-7619

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