Phase: Understand Network Storage Needs
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Network Storage Strategy
- Network storage strategy is about selecting appropriate storage to meet strategic goals at lowest cost.
- Too often, selecting networked storage is seen as a feeds-and-speeds contest (a day at the races) – line up the various solutions and then pick the one that is the fastest.
- But raw performance (measured in input/output per second or IOPs) is only one measure of a storage solution, and performance comes at a price.
- The type, configuration, capacity and cost of consolidated network storage needs to be appropriate to the business value of the data being stored and/or the business processes being enabled.
- A sound strategy starts with a clear understanding of the strategic goals of storage consolidation.
- Performance needs to be appropriate or “good enough” to enable strategic goals.
- Then, look at how various types of storage can best serve those key strategic goals.
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