Sharp admins are always on the lookout for new solutions to roll out at their organization. Some look to beef up security. Others roll out sophisticated disaster recovery solutions. Some even dabble in data analytics. But one of the most powerful solutions is still ripe for adoption: converged storage with cloud-based, unified management.
While data storage might not sound exciting, the latest converged infrastructure technologies might have you rethinking your whole network. Rather than use traditional siloed approaches to data management and protection, a unified solution allows admins to bring disparate drives together into one storage pool, manageable from anywhere. New storage strategies like these can be compelling sell for several reasons:
Ease of Management
Many modern converged storage solutions can be remotely managed through a single cloud-based dashboard. These solutions give you the ability to monitor storage usage, apply various storage policies, and, in some cases, even benefit from proactive error detection and alerting. That makes it easy for you to actively analyze and manage storage without much overhead.
Better Storage Resource Allocation
Converged scale-out storage uses an object-based distributed file system, meaning all network storage drives—regardless of manufacturer or physical location onsite—can be treated as one storage pool. This allows organizations to easily add storage capacity when they need to, without costly forklift upgrades. It also ensures that drives are used to their full capacity before adding more storage. That’s why scale-out storage can be a huge cost saver for your growing businesses.
Better Data Protection
Some NAS storage solutions aren’t just built to store data, they’re built to protect it. As you evaluate storage management solutions, look for those with disaster recovery features built in. You might find features that allow for continuous data protection, instant cloud-based recovery, and other SLA-driven features. These make it easier for you to reduce data loss and downtime while reaping all the benefits we’ve described.
Better Overall Solution Value
Bringing storage, backup, and disaster recovery together helps reduce management headaches. It also gives you a better overall solution for housing and safeguarding precious data. By standardizing on one vendor for storage, backup, and disaster recovery, you can not only reduce costs but benefit from increased productivity. Your team can focus on learning, managing, and maintaining one powerful solution rather than a bunch of different ones. Using one solution can also help you limit the likelihood that you’ll encounter integration problems.
Getting More from Storage
Your organization might not give storage much thought, but it’s worthwhile to at least understand next-gen storage technologies. More businesses are adding converged storage with single-pane-of-glass management to their infrastructure and for good reasons. When admins can help their organization reduce data loss and downtime—all with the same solution—converged storage looks like a grand slam.
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