storage capacity management

Does trying to ascertain the correct amount of storage capacity have you feeling frustrated, jumping from one end of the range to the other? It’s easy to think that storage is straightforward, but storage capacity planning is actually a multi-dimensional challenge with significant financial implications. Companies that overestimate their needs are likely overspending, while companies that make simplistic estimates quite often find themselves facing large unplanned purchases due to inaccurate forecasting.

Avoid the monetary waste, frustration, and vulnerability that occurs without strategic storage capacity planning based on reliable data. VSI can help enterprises track storage capacity at all levels of the organization in order to forecast precise outcomes and enable efficient and smart storage capacity planning.

Storage Capacity Planning is a Multi-Dimensional Challenge

What makes storage capacity management so complex? Typically a business will track storage usage and growth trends at a high level, generally at an array level, without any pool-level detail. This is done for a number of reasons, but mainly because pool-level detail is either unavailable or simply too difficult to gather. Yet, it is precisely this missing knowledge that causes businesses to miss seeing trends that can result in capacity shortfall.

Imagine a refrigerator filled with food intended to feed an entire family. Now imagine a hungry teenager opening the refrigerator only to realize that the only edible thing in it is jars and jars of baby food. If your only unit of measure was whether or not there was food in the fridge, think of this as the array level, you would completely miss out on the fact that you’re actually completely out of food for anyone over the age of two to eat, think of this as the pool level. You can’t depend solely on array-level storage reporting; there are many aspects that need to be considered when developing a capacity plan for your storage environment.

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Inefficient Storage Capacity Creates Unexpected Problems

If you don’t do capacity planning at all levels of the organization, you may not have to deal with a hungry teenager, but you will likely have to face:

  • Emergency purchases
  • Outages
  • Project postponement

All of which creates unnecessary stress and leaves you at risk of reactionary decision-making and vulnerable to costly infrastructure mistakes. Even last-minute hardware purchases can take weeks or months to get online. That means if you run out of storage capacity, it won’t be a quick fix; you are most likely facing an ongoing problem for the next 2 to 3 months. To get back online faster, you may have to pay even more. That means one simple mistake in capacity planning could affect overall business growth for an entire quarter.

VSI helps IT leaders collect and track storage data at multiple levels, including:

  • Group of arrays
  • Arrays
  • Pools within arrays

VSI then uses this data to forecast demands over time, helping IT leaders to accurately inspect the storage environment, improving forecasting and capacity planning.

Storage Capacity Planning Made Easy

Don’t let a lack of storage transparency leave you vulnerable to monetary waste and frustration. Better forecasting allows IT leaders to not only avoid unexpected problems but to plan in advance, evaluate solutions, and reduce budget costs.

Storage reporting should be simple and actionable, which is why VSI provides IT leaders with capacity planning tools and modeling capabilities to help them manage storage growth. These reports include:

  • Growth trends over time
    • by location
    • by device class
    • by tier
  • Overall/location as well as device specific
  • Performance as well as capacity
  • Model assumptions to ensure you get the right amount
  • Predictive forecast

This level of data helps IT leaders build capacity plans at the

  • Data center level
  • Device classification level
  • Device type level
  • Application level

Organizing the data in an easy-to-use and accessible format for analysis allows customers at all levels to build, change, and manage their storage capacity and performance from anywhere, at any time.

Assessing and forecasting future storage requirements can be complex, which is why VSI helps IT leaders accurately inspect the storage environment through efficient and reliable tools and delivers the data in a single-pane-of-glass across your storage environment. See how improved storage capacity management will result in more strategic decision-making, helping enterprises save time, reduce costs and improve efficiency. Schedule a demo to talk to a VSI data expert.

Key Takeaways

  • Storage capacity planning is a multi-dimensional challenge with significant financial implications.
  • Companies that overestimate their needs are likely overspending, while companies that make simplistic estimates often find themselves facing large unplanned purchases.
  • Only doing capacity planning at the array level causes businesses to miss seeing trends that can result in capacity shortfall.
  • VSI helps IT leaders collect and track storage data at multiple levels.
  • VSI helps IT leaders accurately inspect the storage environment and delivers the data in a single-pane-of-glass across your storage environment.
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