Maintain device health and avoid premature purchases.
With demand exceeding supply, it’s especially important that you avoid getting pressured into buying and relying on new storage before it’s actually needed.
(Caveat: You absolutely should rely on your capacity planning and life cycle audits to tell you when you might need more storage – and order that storage before you expect to need it. There is a fine line between overspending on what you don’t need and under-planning for what you do need.)
Hardware vendors continue to advocate for more frequent storage refresh cycles, typically every three to five years. As your storage equipment reaches its EOL (end-of-life) and EOSL (end-of-service-life), you may feel additional pressure to buy new.
(If you’re not keeping track of these dates, you should be. With Visual Storage Intelligence, clients can track device lifespans including purchase date, EOL, EOSL, and contract numbers / vendors.)
However, these milestones generally only indicate a date on which your OEM will no longer offer support or maintenance for your hardware. These dates shouldn’t automatically dictate a need to make a costly upgrade.
In fact, according to a survey from the Uptime Institute, from 2015 to 2020, refresh cycles lengthened from three years to five years between 2015 – 2020.
You can maintain device health when you have transparent visibility into your storage environment. Observability helps IT leaders see potential challenges with any current storage configurations as well as monitor for any excessive spikes and stay aware of any potential single points of failure.
In fact, Visual Storage Intelligence partners clients with a seasoned storage consultant who monitors and analyzes their environment from day one, sending a weekly email to help them stay aware of any potential risks and opportunities.