Tuesday, July 13, 2010

How “autonomic” do you want tiered storage to become?

Most storage folks refer to the growth of data as being the today’s primary storage challenge. However, other than CapEx and Opex, it is the byproducts of this growth, management and accessibility, which are the defined, operational, data center pain points.

When optimizing storage resources the objective has to be the continual matching of the value and requirements of the data with the value and performance of the storage. Since the early days of HSM, resolving this challenge has been the motivation behind storage tiering. There is no contention among storage professionals about this point; they all desire and most strive to put the right data on the right storage.

Tiering technology has come up against barriers in adoption mainly due to administrative complexity and overhead. Elimination of these barriers is the catalyst driving advances in automation with the benefits of autonomic architectures being the ultimate end goal.

An autonomic architecture is a very lofty goal but it is achievable and is, I suggest, the way of the future. The few solutions that are currently in play that implement true autonomic thinking illustrate the unquestionable value such architecture can be to the user community.


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