Leveraging Next-Gen StorageBy Bob Violino | Posted 2015-01-14 Print
Cloud-based storage promises new efficiencies because it enables companies to reduce their dependence on an ever-increasing number of hardware storage systems.
Taking a Hybrid Approach
Also modernizing its storage is Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH), which about 18 months ago deployed Nexenta's software-defined storage for its VMware Horizon View virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) implementation. The environment currently supports more than 3,500 concurrent virtual desktop connections, according to Matthew Openshaw, infrastructure architect. The health system is also investigating cloud-based solutions for storage.
"We are taking a hybrid approach," Openshaw says, with an on-premise and off-premise storage environment, based on cost and compliance resource requirements.
"For the VDI project, we needed consistent storage performance that could scale out as demand increased at a flexible rate," Openshaw explains. "Our primary use case is focused on providing the best health care we can. Health care is a very regulated industry and operates 24 by 7. Storage solutions are an integral component in delivering quality care."
By implementing a software-defined storage offering "we have decoupled the physical component, allowing the flexibility to choose any hardware vendor or mix and match," he says. "We are no longer siloed by specific hardware platforms."
Companies that have not reviewed their data storage strategies might be missing out on significant opportunities to create more efficient infrastructures. In most organizations, it's up to IT to drive these moves.
"IT organizations need to do a better job of working with business stakeholders to find out what their needs are, and to determine if cloud storage or software-defined storage is the right move for their company," Forrester's Baltazar says.
"Today, storage arrays and appliances are the trusted form factor for storage because that is how enterprises have bought it for decades," he adds. "Going into the future, enterprises will have to embrace cloud storage services and software-only storage running on commodity hardware."
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