Effectively managing storage is one of the greatest challenges facing IT operations today. The key challenges include optimization, efficiency, organization, growth, and recovery. To meet these challenges, many organizations are building better availability and disaster recovery solutions into their data centers using managed storage systems as the centerpiece of these solutions. The factors driving the interest in SAN, NAS or iSCSI solutions include:
Many customers investigate the storage market because of one or two key business needs or applications only to discover that there are many potential uses of the technology they have not considered.
- Highly Available data systems with “5 9’s” uptime potential
- Disk-based back-up systems
- Clustering technology
- Data snapshots for rapid rollback and recovery
- Hot-site replication for DR purposes
- Development of Virtual Machines on centralized storage platforms for easy imaging, migration and recovery of those systems
MicroMenders takes a top-down approach when analyzing and developing functional requirements for Enterprise Storage Solutions. We approach the problem from the point of view of the potential applications and integration points of an effective Managed Storage platform. Then develop requirements for a storage solution based on the intersection of your company’s business needs and the benefits that a well-designed solution can provide.
The result is a solution that not only meets the immediate needs of our customer, but is optimized to support additional applications important to the company and respond to future requirements as they develop.