The reason this distinction is important is:
- Unstructured Data is growing exponentially
- Storage arrays are optimized for one or the other – not both
- Management tools / processes are different for each
Storage arrays are typically optimized for one of these types of data structures but not both. For example, many arrays are optimized to block storage access and have a “NAS” (network attached storage) appliance that can be added specifically to support file (or unstrucutured data) access. These arrays are optimized for managing structured data, but accommodate small amounts of unstrucutured data.
Not only are storage arrays optimized to support one or the other of these data types – so too are management tools. Most clients have some combination of both of these data types and no way to uniformly analyze, report on and manage their storage information across the enterprise. Visual Storage Intelligence (VSI) does exactly this. VSI collects data from all types of storage arrays and tracks usage patterns over time – enabling rapid decision making based on real data.
To collect data across all storage environments and organize it in a manner which allows clients to:
- See trends over time
- Predict when additional capacity or performance is needed
- Track usage patterns at the array and business unit level
- See the macro trends as well as the detailed File analytics
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