Storage Assessment


Overview

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
  1. Do multiple copies of the same presentation need to be kept on expensive online storage?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. Which data is really active and critical and must be kept within instant reach all the time and which could be safely archived?
  5. How much old data is clogging up your systems? How many ‘temporary’ files are still there months later, consuming valuable bytes?
  6. 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?