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Ten Steps You Shouldn't Take to Make Storage Run Faster

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    The reality is that many legacy storage systems remain largely unused due to performance degradation if used at full capacity. At the heart of the problem lies the fact that there exists an imbalance between disk capacity and the number of I/O operations it can service per second. Over-provisioning on outdated, mechanical disk translates into storage waste as well as data center sprawl and its associated power, cooling and maintenance costs.  

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Ten Steps You Shouldn't Take to Make Storage Run Faster

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    The reality is that many legacy storage systems remain largely unused due to performance degradation if used at full capacity. At the heart of the problem lies the fact that there exists an imbalance between disk capacity and the number of I/O operations it can service per second. Over-provisioning on outdated, mechanical disk translates into storage waste as well as data center sprawl and its associated power, cooling and maintenance costs.  

Typically, compromise can be a great thing – certainly a mandate in most relationships, but not in the world of IT, and especially not in the storage space. In IT, compromise always comes at a cost. For years, IT has been inventing and implementing workarounds to cope with the poor performance of storage systems bound by mechanical hard disks. As processor, memory and network speeds have repeatedly doubled over the years, storage media have failed to keep pace, creating unbalanced ecosystems.

Often, these compromises are so ingrained that they have become second nature. No thought is given to the overhead because no alternatives existed. That is, until now, with the proliferation of flash-based storage systems and the trajectory of the all-silicon data center.

Fahima Zahir, product marketing, Violin Memory, has identified the top 10 coping mechanisms found in today’s storage environments that should be avoided.