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Organizations often mistakenly approach storage data from a reactive stance. While it may be referred to as real-time monitoring, this type of monitoring only alerts IT leaders to events that have already occurred. The biggest problem is that looking at your storage performance in a reactive sense is not the most productive way to plan for long-term success.

When businesses rely on analyzing the data of what already happened in order to make decisions moving forward they get stuck in a reactive mode. Instead, by employing the help of consolidated reporting, IT leaders can manage and interpret storage data with a forward-looking approach.

The ability to anticipate growth trends and forecast precise outcomes is key for improving budgeting accuracy and negotiating new storage purchases while avoiding any unnecessary, reactive purchases. VSI helps IT leaders by providing consolidated reporting through efficient tools that enable data transparency and deliver reliable insights.

Stop letting unreasonable cloud-first expectations hamper your infrastructure planning. IT leaders have had to deal with unprecedented challenges and levels of uncertainty over the past year as they have been pushed into faster decision-making. Throughout these challenges, storage management problems have become more apparent. Now is the time for IT leaders to maximize resources and help your company scale with confidence. Discover how you can not only keep business up and running, but implement business-transforming solutions through smart and efficient infrastructure planning.

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Ignored Alarms: Is Real-Time Monitoring Effective?

Have you ever walked past a car alarm that was blaring and barely given it a second glance? When car alarms were first introduced, they drew a significant amount of attention. However, over time, the general population has become very complacent when it comes to these alarms. Now, rather than assuming there is a problem, people automatically assume that perhaps the car was bumped or that the alarm is going off for some other mistake. For the most part, car alarms are often ignored. The question is when everyone is ignoring the sound of an alarm, what good does it do?

Your storage environment may not have an actual alarm that goes off when there is a problem, but your IT team likely has become complacent regarding real-time monitoring. While storage resource management (SRM) did initially have a heavy focus on monitoring and alerting, alerts have now become so prevalent that they are all but ignored, much like a car alarm. This is just one reason why VSI offers consolidated alerts. These consolidated alerts organize a company’s independent data elements into a unified, visual analysis across the multi-vendor storage environment. Then, VSI helps IT leaders by offering actionable intelligence through consolidated reporting, providing a single pane of glass across the enterprise.

Consolidated Reporting Helps You Act, Not React

While reactive analysis can help IT leaders understand what happened in a specific situation, it is proactive analysis that will allow businesses to make changes that improve IT cost savings and infrastructure scalability.

Real-time monitoring fosters a business-as-usual mentality. IT teams get an alert and then react to it, causing them to only act when they observe changes that impact the storage environment. These monitoring tools are built to only look at the last 24 or 48 hours, maybe even a week, but this ties your IT team to the present, never allowing them to plan for the future.  Consolidated reporting allows IT teams to use the storage data analysis to be prepared, to anticipate changes, and to plan ahead.

Today’s storage environments have become so duplicated that they have progressed beyond real-time monitoring, which means it’s time to stop living in the past and stop working reactively. Now is the time to move to the future, working proactively through consolidated reporting. VSI offers IT leaders a deep dive into their storage analytics, providing transparency across siloed systems and giving them a single pane of glass across the enterprise. It’s access to these critical insights that allow smart and efficient infrastructure planning.

Consolidated reporting may be particularly important for geographically dispersed teams, keeping them all on the same page. When IT leaders have efficient tools that enable data transparency and reliable insights, they can bring sound strategic recommendations and provide IT excellence.  

With proactive consolidated reporting, you can better anticipate the changing factors that play a critical role in the success of your organization. VSI provides IT leaders with superior data storage visibility through consolidated reporting. Harness the power of your storage data to forecast precise outcomes, track your growth trends, and improve performance. Schedule a demo to talk to a VSI data expert.

Key Takeaways

  • Businesses need proactive analysis that will allow them to make changes that improve IT cost savings and infrastructure scalability.
  • Real-time monitoring fosters a business-as-usual mentality and puts IT teams in reactive mode.
  • Consolidated reporting allows IT teams to use the storage data analysis to be prepared, to anticipate changes, and to plan ahead.
  • VSI offers IT leaders a deep dive into their storage analytics, giving them a single pane of glass across the enterprise.
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