Economics and performance objectives guarantee that most mid- and enterprise-sized IT departments manage data in a hybrid configuration with several types of storage. The corporate IT group in question establishes, monitors and maintains information technology systems and services for a midsize corporation. As their operations require increasingly greater performance from their primary storage, they are considering upgrading their Primary Tier hardware to improve speed of access to data that is in active use.
“Best-in-class performance from our primary storage is an absolute requirement for our organization. But as it turns out, a consequential amount of the data on our Primary Tier was not in active use. By deploying StorCycle, we freed up space, improved performance on our primary storage devices and lowered overall costs – we can now afford the all-flash upgrade we had been delaying!”
– System administrator at corporate IT department
This corporate IT department is in the process of upgrading the performance of their primary storage tier. They have targeted the Nimble All Flash Array A300 to replace their existing hard disk drive infrastructure and improve their primary data access. They presently manage roughly 500TB of primary storage, and their capacity requirements and data growth are well under control. They are considering foregoing the performance upgrade due to cost.
The IT department chose to deploy Spectra Logic’s StorCycle, a storage lifecycle management software that manages data to a Perpetual Tier of storage, which includes NAS, Object Storage Disk, Tape or Cloud. StorCycle was able to identify and move the corporation’s inactive files, migrating 300TB of data onto a low cost NAS repository. The cost for the Perpetual Tier NAS storage will be roughly $21,000, or around 7¢/GB ($70/TB) for 300TB.
- Automatically identifies and moves inactive data off of primary storage
- Reduces the size of the Primary Tier and seamlessly extends access
- Simple, two-tiered storage paradigm
- Perpetual retention in a scalable object-based tier