by Randy Kerns Senior Strategist & Analyst, Evaluator Group
Due to many factors, including the COVID-19 pandemic, professionals in Information Technology have been focused on optimizing their environments and reducing expenses. Recent strategic projects with our IT clients have provided new insights into the current needs and methods for achieving maximum efficiency. One approach is the process of identifying inactive or project-based data that resides on primary storage and moving it to less costly secondary storage such as object storage, NAS systems, cloud storage, or tape. Cost savings were not only from reducing the need to purchase additional primary storage resulting from the recovery of capacity freed up by moving the inactive data but also in the cost for data protection of unchanging data.
One solution that we have found to be viable to aid IT professionals in optimizing their environments is Spectra Logic StorCycle. StorCycle is storage lifecycle management software that can move data based on selection criteria to other storage systems including cloud storage and allowing transparent or explicit retrieval of data. More details on the capabilities of StorCycle are available on Spectra’s website.