Thin provisioning is a method of storage resource management and virtualization that lets IT administrators limit the allocation of actual physical storage to what applications immediately need. It enables the automatic addition of capacity on demand up to preset limits so that IT departments can avoid buying and managing excessive amounts of disk storage.
5NAND Flash for Tier I Data
Solid-state flash drives use enterprise-class flash memory to store and retrieve hot business and legal data, enabling read/write response times that are about 30 times faster than the current highest-quality hard disk drives. Because they have no moving parts, SSDs require much less power to run, and mechanical breakdowns are out of the picture.
8Capacity Monitoring and Analytics
Capacity monitoring helps improve storage management efficiency, increase storage utilization and reduce costs. Most CM vendors provide analysis and reporting to enable IT managers to predict when new capacity will be required to stay ahead of business needs, among other useful business intelligence metrics.
Companies are always facing litigation, and implementing an e-discovery application package can save a lot of money. E-discovery automates the process by which records are gathered and processed for litigation. This includes anything digital: word processing files, photos, e-mail, audio and video files, instant messaging transcripts, Internet bookmarks—even data center users’ logs. Rather than pay law firms hundreds of dollars per hour to sift through records, a good e-discovery package can find all the pertinent files quickly and efficiently for the court.