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Juggling storage challenges with unified management: How to avoid dropping the ball

From the experts | Posted on March 30, 2012 by Ferrol Macon

I don’t know about you, but I find juggling one ball hard, let alone three or 43. But keeping all those balls from crashing all around you is a little like the challenge organizations face as they try to store and manage their ever-increasing volumes of data.

And I do mean ever-increasing. Because Great Recession or not, data growth has continued unabated – thanks to the digitization of infrastructures worldwide, the need to keep more copies of data for longer periods and the rapid increase in distributed data sources.

When it comes to managing this tidal wave of data, there is no shortage of products and approaches to choose from. But most of these more traditional offerings have unfortunately not kept pace with the many new and complex requirements of storage, nor do they address the need for a single management perspective. And the failure to address these requirements is causing some businesses to drop the ball in a number of areas:

Legacy solutions just not cutting it. Though there are a number of traditional storage management solutions, a gap exists between the increasing demand for data availability and the ability for of these traditional methods to efficiently manage and recover data. This deficiency is leading to many potential problems for businesses, including increased costs, unmet service levels and heightened risk.

Losing the data duplication battle. With ever more data to back up, data duplication is getting harder to fight. But many traditional storage management solutions don’t address this problem – instead, their requirements to perform periodic full backups create a proliferation of duplicate data, which in turn increases both operational and capital costs, makes recovery more difficult and increases risk.

Plummeting service levels. Businesses can simply no longer afford to be without access to information or to lose data. The trouble is, the recovery process of traditional storage management solutions requires hours or even days, resulting in increased downtime and failure to meet critical service goals.

Unreliable backup and increased risk. Traditionally, data loss has been a result of hardware failure and disasters. These days, however, most data loss can be attributed to human error, software corruption and virus attacks. Data is especially vulnerable when it’s only backed up once a day or when it’s compromised by low levels of infrastructure integrity, as is the case with traditional storage management products.

Additional storage management challenges. Like dealing with a growing number of systems, storage devices and applications from multiple vendors, complicated management of virtual servers, and system and process integration driven by reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions.

Finding a traditional storage management solution to juggle all these challenges can itself be a challenge. Make sure you consider  vendors that offer a family of smart data and storage management solutions to help better use your current storage environment. A family of storage products can dramatically simplify management by eliminating virtually all database administration tasks and unifying the management of a whole lost of products under a single admin console.

Learn more about data protection solutions that can help you manage smarter, or speak with your Softchoice representative.

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