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

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    An example from the database world is creating data files on faster storage in order to contain active, quarterly partitions of an accounting or sales table, with older quarters being archived to slower storage. Other examples of manually distributing data include the placement of transaction logs on alternating groups of spindles and the use of SSD or PCIe flash cards for temporary tablespaces. Manual distribution carries not only the challenges of complexity and error, but also the overhead of constant monitoring to ensure the configuration remains optimal.

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

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    An example from the database world is creating data files on faster storage in order to contain active, quarterly partitions of an accounting or sales table, with older quarters being archived to slower storage. Other examples of manually distributing data include the placement of transaction logs on alternating groups of spindles and the use of SSD or PCIe flash cards for temporary tablespaces. Manual distribution carries not only the challenges of complexity and error, but also the overhead of constant monitoring to ensure the configuration remains optimal.

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.