Virtualization Technology: 10 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Upgrade a Storage System

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-06-07 Print this article Print
10 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Upgrade a Storage System

10 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Upgrade a Storage System

by Chris Preimesberger
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.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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