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Modernize Enterprise Storage

Current and emerging storage technologies are disrupting the status quo – prepare your infrastructure for the exponential rise in data and its storage requirements.

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Contributors

  • Alastair Cooke, Chief Video Officer, vBrownBag
  • Andrew Fling, VP Marketing, ioFABRIC
  • Antonio Romeo, EMEA Presales Director, Dell EMC
  • Darryl Levesque, Director of Technology Solutions, Kanatek
  • Enrico Signoretti, Independent Analyst and Blogger, Juku Consulting
  • Jim O’Reilly, President and Owner, Volanto
  • Steve Lamb, CEO, ioFABRIC
  • Trevor Pott, Systems Administrator, eGeek Consulting
  • 10 anonymous contributors

Your Challenge

  • Current storage solutions are nearing end of life, performance or capacity limits.
  • Data continues to grow at an exponential rate, and management complexity is growing even faster. Some kinds of data, like unstructured data, are leading factors in the exponential growth of data.
  • Emerging storage technologies and storage software/automation are disrupting the market and redefining the role of disk arrays, including how storage aligns with people and process.
  • Storage infrastructure budgets are not satisfying the exponential growth of data.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Start with the data, not storage. Answer what is being stored and why before investigating the where and how of storage solutions.
  • Governance and archiving are not IT projects. These can have tremendous benefits for managing data growth but must involve the larger business.
  • More capacity is not a long-term solution. Data is growing faster than decreasing storage costs. Data and capacity mitigation strategies will help in more effective and efficient infrastructure utilization and cost reduction.

Impact and Result

  • It’s about the data. Start with what is being supported and why. Decide on what and how data is stored before you decide on where. Let the needs of your workloads and governance requirements of your business drive your storage infrastructure decisions and the technologies you adopt.
  • Identify current and future capacity needs for current and future data drivers. Evaluating the ability of current infrastructure to meet these needs will help you discover necessary additions to meet these requirements.
  • Identify governance requirements and constraints that exist across the organization and are specific to workloads. Technology has to conform to these requirements and constraints, not the other way around.
  • Align people and process with technology changes. To effectively utilize the changes in storage, appropriate changes must be made to existing people and process.

Research & Tools

Start here – read the Executive Brief

Read our concise Executive Brief to find out why you should modernize enterprise storage, review Info-Tech’s methodology, and understand the four ways we can support you in completing this project.

1. Build the case for storage modernization

Develop the business case for modernizing storage and assess your existing infrastructure for meeting data needs.

3. Develop and communicate the roadmap, TCO, and RFP

Communicate the roadmap with people, process, and technology initiatives, develop an RFP, and conduct a TCO.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a six call advisory process.

Guided Implementation #1 - Build the case for storage modernization

Call #1 - Develop the case for modernizing storage
Call #2 - Assess current infrastructure capabilities for meeting data needs

Guided Implementation #2 - Develop storage technology needs and goals

Call #1 - Review data governance and emerging storage technologies
Call #2 - Identify current and future storage needs

Guided Implementation #3 - Communicate roadmap and RFP

Call #1 - Discuss process and people initiatives, and develop and communicate roadmap
Call #2 - Develop an RFP and conduct TCO

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Module 1: Identify Business Case and Assess Current State

The Purpose

  • Identify a business case and need for storage modernization by assessing current and future storage needs.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A clear understanding of the business expectations and needs of storage infrastructure.

Activities

Outputs

1.1

Identify current storage pain points.

  • Alignment of storage modernization with organizational pain points
1.2

Discuss storage modernization drivers.

  • Desired outcomes of storage modernization
1.3

Identify data growth drivers.

  • An understanding of growth impact across drivers
1.4

Determine relative growth burden.

  • An understanding of capacity and expansion needs

Module 2: Review Governance and Emerging Technologies

The Purpose

  • Review existing data governance.
  • Explore emerging technologies and trends in the storage space.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Review data governance objectives that must be met.
  • Identify a shortlist of storage technologies and trends that may be of interest.

Activities

Outputs

2.1

Shortlist interest in storage technologies.

  • A starting point for research into new and emerging storage technologies
2.2

Prioritize shortlist of storage technologies.

  • Expressed interest in adopting storage technologies
2.3

Identify solutions that meet data and governance needs.

  • A list of storage solutions needed to deliver on future data and governance needs

Module 3: Identify Storage Needs and Develop Initiatives

The Purpose

  • Identify the people, process, and technology initiatives required to adopt new storage technologies.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Align your organizational people and process with new and disruptive technologies to best take advantage of what these new technologies have to offer.

Activities

Outputs

3.1

Complete future storage structure planning tool.

  • A understanding of the future state of your storage infrastructure
3.2

Identify storage modernization technology initiatives.

  • Technology initiatives needed to adopt storage structure
3.3

Identify storage modernization people initiatives.

  • People initiatives needed to adopt storage structure
3.4

Identify storage modernization process initiatives.

  • Process initiatives needed to adopt storage structure

Module 4: Build a Roadmap and RFP, Calculate TCO

The Purpose

  • Develop an executive communications report.
  • Conduct a TCO analysis comparing on-premises and cloud storage solutions.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Communicate storage modernization goals and plans to stakeholders.

Activities

Outputs

4.1

Prioritize storage modernization initiatives.

  • Alignment of people, process, and technology with storage adoption
4.2

Complete project timeline and build roadmap.

  • Communicate storage modernization goals and plans to stakeholders and executives
4.3

Compare TCO of on-premises and cloud storage solutions.

  • Compare cost of on-premises and cloud storage alternatives