7 Super Storage Technologies—and How They Could Backfire

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7 Super Storage Technologies—and How They Could Backfire

by Dave Greenfield

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Green Storage</b><br /><b>What it is:</b> The use of storage technologies to reduce the amount of power consumed by enterprises. <br /><b>Why its i...

What could be wrong about going green?

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Hierarchical Storage Management in the Array</b><br /><b>What it is:</b> Storage arrays that migrate data from Tier 1 storage to Tier 2 and Tier 3...

While there is nothing technically wrong with the concept, adding more value-added software on the array is little more than an effort of vendors to prop up the price of already overpriced gear, according to Jon Toigo, former storage system architect and now independent storage analyst and consultant, as well as author of the DrunkenData.com storage blog.

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Adoption of SSD</b><br /><b>What it is:</b> SSD, or solid-state disk, refers to memory used to store data, be it flash or DD RAM. The technology re...

Cost. SSDs are more expensive than most hard-drive technologies right now.

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Application-Focused Storage</b> <br /><b> What it is:</b> Storage architectures managed by the business or infrastructure applications, not the SAN...

Storage professionals could be seeing their critical resources taken over by the application people within the organization.

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Data Deduplication</b> <br /><b>What it is:</b> Data deduplication technologies eliminate redundant data at the subfile level from backups. <br /><...

For one, regulatory restrictions require that data be stored unaltered; data deduplication technically violates these mandates by replacing the duplicated data with pointers to the original data, according to Toigo. Also, data deduplication may not be effective in all scenarios. "Based on studies with our vendors, we do not feel deduplication will provide significant benefits," said Melvin Ostrow, CIO at a leading legal firm. "Instead, our staff found an appliance vendor that reduced file size by about 40 percent."

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Thin Provisioning</b><br /><b>What it is:</b> A storage virtualization technique that provides enough disk capacity for applications to run effici...

Thin provisioning works fine in environments that are predictable, but where there are unexpected data surges, provisioning systems may falter, says Toigo.

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Disaster Recovery</b> <br /><b>What it is:</b> Traditionally, organizations deployed disaster recovery programs to only a subset of technologies wi...

Still requires a sizable investment.

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Editor's Note: This slideshow was edited to include attribution of some data.

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