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Private Cloud Storage
Enterprise Data Storage Solutions and Storage Capacity Planning
What is Private Cloud Storage?
What exactly is Private cloud storage and why is it important? Private cloud storage is simply storage that keeps an organizations data at an in-house storage array. You might be wondering what the difference is between Private Cloud Storage and Public Cloud Storage, and the truth is there are many similarities and differences between the two.
Private cloud storage, also known as internal or enterprise cloud, is located on the organization’s data center or intranet. Here, all of the data is protected by an Internal security processes. This is why private cloud storage is beneficial because it offers a higher level of security and enables the organization to have more control over the environment.
On the other hand, with Public Cloud Storage you do not have as high of a security value because you are not responsible for maintaining your own storage arrays. Public Cloud Storage is conducted by using an outside provider to manage your storage in their data center. So what is the best option for your storage environment? This depends on how concerned you are with security and privacy. If you are concerned about your data and want the safest outlet private cloud storage is the best way to go.
If you have chosen to take complete control of your storage environment implementing private cloud storage to manage your data, then the next step is to find the best data storage solution and capacity planning for your array.
What is a data storage solution?
Data Storage solutions usually take two forms: general and specific.
General purpose data storage solutions contain features to accommodate a wide variety of workload environments but are not custom built for one or two workloads. Solutions which fit this model include EMC VMAX, NetApp, IBM V7000, and most private cloud storage solutions.
Specific purpose data storage solutions are built for specific workloads, Flash arrays like Pure Storage and EMC XtremIO are used for high performance workloads (e.g. all flash arrays) or for object storage solutions like Cleversafe are used for high capacity, low cost environments
Utilize Storage Capacity Planning best practices to find the Best Data Storage Solution.
Storage capacity planning helps to determine the best data storage solution for your environment. This is because data storage solutions offer little insight on storage usage and free space. As such, storage capacity planning helps forecast and assess current and future storage needs.
Hence, storage capacity planning is important because it gives insight on storage, configuration, utilization and performance characteristics. Without storage capacity planning one has no idea on storage used, which ends up costing companies time and money. Storage capacity planning involves three steps.
Step 1. Regular data capture. Automatic, regular storage capacity planning is necessary to generate historical trends.
Step 2. Workload analysis and organization must be conducted. During this step, storage data is broken down by specific workloads. These could include workload categories, applications, functional departments, or IT environments (e.g. production vs. test vs. development).
Step 3. Determine future predications by workload. This includes both performance and capacity historical trends, as well as additional future requirements.
Simplifying Storage Capacity Planning
Most users utilize spreadsheets for their storage capacity planning process because the tool is flexible and low cost. The problem with using spreadsheets is that all the steps in the process are manual. Therefore, requiring human intervention and management making the process difficult to repeat and exposed to human error.
Visual Storage Intelligence® provides the same benefits as spreadsheets while automating all of the steps outlined in the process. Visual Storage Intelligence ® is a database application which provides a spreadsheet export function so users can customize if needed but also get complete automation of the data collection and analysis process needed for the storage capacity planning process.
One Customer previously using spreadsheets for this process stated, “It previously took us 1 week for the data collection process, several days of manual data entry to build the plan, and we were only able to collect capacity data, not performance. The process was so manually intensive that we could only do this twice a year.”
“Having Visual Storage Intelligence allowed the data collection to happen without us even knowing it. All the analysis and reporting occurred without lifting a finger. This allowed us to get updated plans every week, month, or whenever we need it. We could then spend our time doing storage capacity planning versus collecting data for the process. “
Now our client has up to date plans that which their whole team has web access to on demand. Visual storage intelligence has saved this customer almost $500,000 annually by being able to accurately predict which type of storage is needed and when it will be needed. The CIO stated “we saved almost $600,000 in the first year of using Visual storage intelligence because it allowed us to plan and upgrade our private Cloud storage solution in a timely manner and avoid purchasing a high performance storage solution that was not needed for our specific workloads.”