WebHouse’s Storage Assessment Service is an in-depth, vendor-neutral analysis of your data storage environment, including a review of storage utilization, resource management, allocation and current procedures. This analysis can provide you with a basis to develop new or enhance existing storage policies, including establishing achievable Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and a comprehensive Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) strategy.
The findings of a comprehensive Storage Assessment often results in extracting increased value from your storage infrastructure and eliminating unnecessary spending on additional capacity or new technology. Architecting your storage infrastructure should start with a clear understanding of what data is being stored and what the business value of that data is. A solution can then be tailored that takes into consideration IT priorities and cost-efficient solutions, your information.
Why do you need a storage assessment?
Storage consumption is growing exponentially and no amount of investment seems to stem the flow. WebHouse has a solution that will help clients obtain the most benefit from their Storage and plan their future strategy.
Industry analyst reports indicate:
- 50% of open systems data can be classified as redundant
- 25% of data is duplicated
- 45% of capacity is unused
- 70% of data held has not been accessed for the last 3 months
From the evidence shown above, it is clear that almost every client has data management problems.
Benefits accruing from this include:
- Carefully planned storage purchases – reducing cost to the business
- A business led backup/recovery strategy – improved business continuity
- Better management of the storage – reduction in total cost of ownership
- Better access management for all – improved communication
- Improved performance for all – increased user productivity
- Measurability – accountable management
Key Storage Management Questions
- Do multiple copies of the same presentation need to be kept on expensive online storage?
- How much non-business data are you supporting – for example, how many MP3 music files or other Internet files have been downloaded to your systems?
- Who owns the data? When it was last accessed? When it was last backed up? How many people have left your employment but still ‘own’ storage space on your servers?
- Which data is really active and critical and must be kept within instant reach all the time and which could be safely archived?
- How much old data is clogging up your systems? How many ‘temporary’ files are still there months later, consuming valuable bytes?
- Which servers and partitions are under/over Utilized? In particular, which servers and partitions are running at levels that will cause system degradation due to exceeding performance optimization capacity levels?