How IT Addresses Severe Storage Issues

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-15-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How IT Addresses Severe Storage Issues

    Storage problems often reach severe levels of concern, so incorporating a flexible storage system can be crucial for avoiding an impact on the business.
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    About three out of five IT pros say more than half of their organization's current environment is virtualized, and nearly one-fifth say more than 90% of their company's environment is virtualized.
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    Top Virtualized Apps

    Microsoft SQL Server: 66%, File sharing: 53%, Microsoft Exchange: 49%, Microsoft SharePoint: 45%, Desktops (VDI): 41%
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    52% of IT pros say they experience "occasional" storage performance challenges, while an additional 5% say these challenges are constant and highly impactful.
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    Capacity Overload
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    Capacity Overload

    52% say they experience "occasional" storage capacity challenges, and an additional 6% say such challenges are regular and severe.
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    47% say they are running a hybrid storage environment comprised of both disk and flash.
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    61% say they leverage flash storage through a standalone, hybrid storage array, and 23% opt for a standalone, all-flash storage array.
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    63% say their existing storage allows for replication to a remote site, and 59% say it provides compression for primary storage.
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    58% say their existing storage provides deduplication for primary storage, and 30% say it allows for encryption at rest.
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    Improved app response times: 72%, Better end-user satisfaction: 48%, More business growth/expansion: 38%. Reduced operating expenses: 25%, Data center consolidation: 23%
 

The majority of surveyed IT pros revealed they're experiencing storage performance and capacity challenges on at least an occasional basis, according to a recent survey commissioned by Tegile Systems. The resulting "2016 State of Storage in Virtualization" report indicates that the current enterprise operating environment is highly virtualized through products such as Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange and SharePoint. The storage issues, however, can reach "severe" levels that impact business. To address this, IT departments are deploying hybrid storage systems which utilize both disk and flash resources. These systems often allow for remote replication and compression, improving app response times and overall user satisfaction, among other benefits. "Enterprises need a storage system that is flexible - one that has the capability to consistently deliver high performance, as well as adapt as their performance and capacity needs evolve over time," said Rajesh Nair, CTO of Tegile Systems. "It's critical that a storage system today supports … storage protocols and accommodates different types of storage mediums, whether it's all flash, a mixture of flash and disk, or a mixture of high-performance flash and high-density flash." More than 1,000 global IT pros took part in the research, which was conducted by ActualTech Media.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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