In June, Dell unveiled its new infrastructure consulting services that range from storage management to data protection to disaster-recovery help.
“Customers are looking for services to be simple, modular, flexible and controllable,” said Paul Kaeley, director for the storage consulting practice at Dell. The new services were designed to achieve these specific goals.
According to published reports, as an increased number of consumers and businesses go online, the amount of data that will be created in 2008 is expected to far exceed the storage capacity currently available. For this reason, as well as to comply with industry regulations, companies are forced to examine their storage options and manage them in the most cost-effective way.
The Advantage of Tiered Storage
Facilitating tiered storage is one of the new services offered by Dell.
First, in an effort to minimize storage costs, the tiered storage provider — in this case, Dell — conducts an assessment that allows companies that are virtualizing servers to gain an understanding of their storage infrastructure.
Next, application data is sorted and placed on appropriate tiers. Companies work with the vendor to determine what goes where, with tier one being the prime location.
To keep track of it all, a tiered storage catalog is built. As data ages and new applications come on-board, companies can use the catalog to identify less critical data and determine the appropriate tier for it.
“[Dell] still finds that a lot of customers are putting the majority of data on tier one, so…
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