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

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    Many organizations use reporting or decision-support databases to offload reporting overhead. Often these databases have data “bulk loaded” from the live database so that multiple aggregation and calculation routines can be run without affecting live operations. In many cases, the additional license cost of running these databases is substantial, but the real compromise is often the stale data. By the time the data is loaded, it may already be out of date. To address the stale data challenge, you can synchronize the data in real time through other solutions. But now, you have increased licensing costs and have added more complexity to the environment.

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

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    Many organizations use reporting or decision-support databases to offload reporting overhead. Often these databases have data “bulk loaded” from the live database so that multiple aggregation and calculation routines can be run without affecting live operations. In many cases, the additional license cost of running these databases is substantial, but the real compromise is often the stale data. By the time the data is loaded, it may already be out of date. To address the stale data challenge, you can synchronize the data in real time through other solutions. But now, you have increased licensing costs and have added more complexity to the environment.

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.