Storage of the past was defined by vendor specific terminology for pieces of functionality, which have perpetuated the market/users thinking about storage narrowly in terms of a single vendor or technology provider.
But there’s a new paradigm for storage, according to Nazeer Parak, Enterprise Storage Leader for IBM, and it talks to things like speed, ease, visibility, transparency and most importantly openness.
There are solutions available, based in software rather than hardware that are revolutionizing the way we address and manage storage and that are truly open, functionally rich and work equally well with any storage hardware from any storage vendor. In our increasingly data centric world, the power and value of data needs to be unlocked from the traditional boundaries imposed on it by storage technology vendors. CIO’s no longer need to be locked in to vendor specific solutions, but can use agnostic plug and play solutions that really work for them and unlock the true business potential of their data.
1. Don’t get locked in
The South African market in particular has customers locked in to specific vendor solutions, which limits them to focusing only on what can be achieved within the parameters of one offering. CIO’s need to look beyond this and embrace that they can layer the hard infrastructure from any vendor with software defined vendor agnostic solutions. This will not only enable investment protection by leveraging existing storage systems, but simplify management and increase functionality and performance of their systems when layering with more sophisticated software defined technology.
2. Fulfill your need for speed
In today’s data centric world, the need for speed is greater than ever before. Companies need to look at what the value of a single second means for their business. Flash technology can enable dramatically faster speeds, unlocking the true time value of data, which can have a massive impact on businesses’ bottom lines. When applied in a supply chain type environment as a single example, micro latency solutions have enabled processes to be up to 6 times faster, impacting the value chain from restocking reports, to picking to loading and delivery timeframes. Bottom line was more goods on store shelves faster, but more importantly the right goods.
3. Embrace the virtual layer/openness
Many South African companies are still focused on the big box, traditional way of building out storage estates, which is hugely limited and expensive. Modern technology has us taking all the functionality into a virtual layer while still enabling the same look and feel across any selected vendor.
4. Hand over the complexity
Large companies spend vast amounts of money on IT to manage highly complex storage environments. By easily introducing an intuitive, transparent, software defined approach to an existing environment, Companies can strip away complexity and boundaries and focus on their core business offering, spending less time and money on what they don’t know and shouldn’t need to know, and more on improving core business outcomes.
5. Move to simplify
This is the opposite to rip and replace or completely change the technology you’re already using. Aim for solutions that are open and enable added functionality without upsetting the apple cart. You don’t have to throw everything out to unlock value. True software defined solutions are technology and vendor agnostic. These intelligent solutions layered on top of your existing offering can reduce resourcing and headcount, improve performance and efficiency and provide end to end visibility and transparency not possible before. Bottom line, you won’t need to employ a storage PHD to manage it for you, it’s that simple.