It used to be that storage requirements were mostly about the capacity, with people prioritising higher and higher storage sizes (while minimising the storage physical footprint) to accommodate their growing amounts of data. This was largely because performance-wise, there was not much in terms of variation.
How times have changed. Modern data storage solutions are a different beast altogether. Businesses not only have the option to store terabytes upon petabytes of data in much smaller form factors than ever before but they also have access to blazing-fast speeds of flash storage, on top of a slew of new features and capabilities that are making age-old problems such as storage failures, slowdowns and bottlenecks a thing of the past.
Whether they like it or not, today’s organisations must modernise their storage to keep up with the rising digital requirements of their business, where the processing of data needs to be as quick, flexible and agile as possible. Imagine trying to derive actionable insights with real-time data, only to be held back by storage that cannot keep up with the speed that it all needs to happen.
These days, sluggish storage performance could hinder the business objectives of an organisation that is looking to expand its operations into the digital era. Legacy storage platforms can also become a stumbling block for companies looking to unlock the value of their data and become more data-driven.
Storage performance is becoming an issue that could affect the business as a whole and not just for its IT environment. As such, there is now a huge need for modern storage solutions that go beyond capacity requirements. Having the right modern storage solutions that provide improved and optimised performance helps organisations achieve various business cases, including:
Intelligent Management: Manual storage administration is risky, unproductive, and inefficient, as it relies on the capabilities of humans that can only do so much amidst a fast-paced digital landscape. It takes away time that should be put into business tasks that need human ingenuity and can even compromise regulatory compliance. With intelligent and automated storage management, organisations can closely tie systems performance to mission-critical goals, and with AI that drives management, storage performance becomes faster and more secure.
Scale-Out Capabilities: Digital transformation means an exponential increase in both the amount and complexity of data that needs to be managed by organisations. This means that from a storage standpoint, they would need both agility and performance in order to accommodate this growth. Legacy storage solutions were never designed to handle data coming at today’s unprecedented speed and scale. Modern storage solutions feature comprehensive, low-cost, and simple scale-out configurations, perfect for companies that need their storage infrastructure to keep up with their accelerating data requirements.
Flexibility: Organisations are now subjected to a dynamic IT environment where being data-driven means handling a variety of data that requires different ways to be processed. Legacy storage is often rigid and inflexible. There is a growing need for flexibility and adaptability in storage to enable organisations to derive critical information from a wide variety of data sources, in order to uncover new market opportunities, improve business efficiencies and even gain insights necessary for business growth.
Modern Data Protection: Having reliable data protection is also an important indicator of good storage performance as it addresses any unexpected issues to ensure business resilience. Say your organisation is subjected to a ransomware attack and you need to get your business up and running and retrieve data as quickly as possible. This would be a complex and time-intensive process for a legacy storage infrastructure. Not only will this jeopardise the safety of your data, but it will also cause lengthy downtimes to business operations – both potentially incurring huge financial losses for the company.
To achieve the right and suitable performance of your storage solutions in meeting business objectives, the next-generation appliance from the Dell EMC PowerStore portfolio can deliver proven, highly efficient, and enterprise-grade features to your storage infrastructure.
The PowerStore family consists of all-flash data storage appliances that eliminate traditional trade-offs in performance, scalability, and storage efficiency, with a data-centric, intelligent, and adaptable infrastructure that transforms and mobilises both traditional and modern workloads.
With the PowerStore portfolio, you can ensure only the best storage performance, as it can also transform your existing infrastructure with end-to-end NVMe.
In addition, the Dell EMC PowerStore can be deployed in a number of different configurations that support heterogeneous environments, allowing optimised storage performance whatever your IT setup may be.
To learn more about how Dell EMC PowerStore can complement your modern business requirements through cutting-edge storage hardware with the flexibility and simplicity of modern software design, click below.