Virtualization Technology: 10 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Upgrade a Storage System
Planning, installing and maintaining data storage for an IT system was a fairly straightforward proposition for a lot of years. Storage administrators would gauge how much capacity they'd need for the next 12 to 24 months; buy and install the hardware and software; direct-attach the arrays to the servers; make sure the data was backed up once a week or month; and then simply make sure that it was all working each day. The sheer preponderance of new data coming into systems each day is now making the notion of "more efficient storage" an important consideration when updating older systems. In this slide show, co-founder and Vice President of Business Development Peter Fuller of Scale Computing, an Indianapolis-based clustered-storage provider, offers an inside look at the various aspects of this issue for storage buyers. Scale's Generation 3.0 storage system is protocol- and density-agnostic.