With data growth typically running at between 20% and 40% per year, organisations are constantly having to expand existing arrays or look at new ways to reduce the impact on existing infrastructure as datasets expand, they become more complex, harder to manage and maintain, and present additional challenges around both backup and disaster recovery.
Data is now being generated from newer technologies, such as machine analytics and Internet of Things devices, resulting in massive increases and different data profile types.
All this new data requires additional capacity, new manipulation tools and retention and indexing capabilities, which many current platforms cannot provide. As a result, companies are having to scale, migrate and uplift their storage platform far too often.
Furthermore, the inability for IT to make sense of usage and behaviour means that workloads are often hosted on inappropriate storage tiers. In some cases they can end up being starved of resources – affecting performance – or are hosted on expensive all flash tiers when not required.
Finally, when storage devices reach the end of their natural life or are deemed no longer fit for purpose, outages and potential data loss can occur.