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Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 3

March 26th, 2009 No comments

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The IT Budgets of 2009

Continuing my posts on Storage Resource Analysis (SRA) and Storage Economics, this one focuses on the facts of IT Budgets of 2009.
 

To read the previous post on Storage Resource Analysis (SRA)

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 1 Storage Resource Analysis & Storage Economics

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 2 The IT – Storage World of 2009

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 3: The IT – Storage Budgets of 2009

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 4: Some Fundamental Questions

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 5: Facts about your Data

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 6: Inconsistencies in Storage Environments

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 7: The Technical Case

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 8: The Business Case

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 9: The End Result

 

To list some very important items & agenda’s related to IT – Storage Budgets of 2009 are

 

  • Ø  Direct Impact Cost

o   Reducing Total Cost of Ownership

o   Reducing CapEx

o   Reducing OpEx

o   Storage Segment outsourcing

o   Reduce Cost of After Warranty Support

o   Reduction in Power Consumption

o   Reduction in Storage Management

o   Meeting SLA’s resulting in reduction in Penalties

  

 

  • Ø  Hidden Savings

o   Storage Virtualization

o   Increase Utilization & Efficiency

o   Storage Reclamation & Optimization

o   Redeploying unused storage

o   Trend Analysis and Forecasting

o   Unnecessary licensing cost for storage management software

o   Reduction in Floor Space

o   Centralized Storage

o   Storage Consolidation

o   Automation

o   Investment into long lasting technology

o   Planning resulting in future growth without heavy cost impact

o   Tiering using ILM approach

o   Green Data Center

 

Should I mention, “DO MORE WITH LESS”, the beaten up concept of 2009.

And the important aspect is how do you manage to achieve all of the above while your databases are growing, your file systems are growing and you do not have a luxury to spend any additional dollars this year?


Experience

Recently I had a chance to talk to a CIO from a Fortune 1000 customer, and during the conversation with him, we asked him about what the primary objectives he has for his organization related to Storage.

Some of the things he mentioned were increasing efficiency and utilization within his storage environments, reducing his OpEx with automation and consolidation, reducing his CapEx with leveraging his IT assets on the floor for 3 additional years after warranty and try to centralize the entire storage throughout all business groups for better management and OpEx/CapEx reduction.

 

Well, let’s move on to the next topic…….

What have you or the top management done in your organization to meet the IT – Storage budgets of 2009? 

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 2

March 25th, 2009 No comments

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The IT – Storage World of 2009

Continuing the series blog post on Storage Resource Analysis (SRA), this post focuses on the “IT – Storage World of 2009” and the requirements / importance of it around today’s overall Storage Strategy.


To read the previous blog posts on Storage Resource Analysis (SRA)

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 1: Storage Resource Analysis and Storage Economics

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 2: The IT – Storage World of 2009

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 3: The IT – Storage Budgets of 2009

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 4: Some Fundamental Questions

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 5: Facts about your Data

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 6: Inconsistencies in Storage Environments

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 7: The Technical Case

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 8: The Business Case

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 9: The End Result


The following are the important facets of Today’s IT – Storage Environments.  

·         Complexity

·         Infrastructure

·         Cost

·         Tiering

·         Replication & Archiving

·         Virtualization

·         Content Management

·         Deduplication

·         Client Usage Billing

·         Database Growth

·         File System Growth



The Categories are now divided into Sub Categories: These categories and sub categories are primarily focused around the Storage Domain.


·         Complexity around Environments

o   Business Processes

o   Automation

o   Faster response times

o   SLA’s

o   Applications requirements

o   OS’s requirements

o   Networking Layers interface

o   Fabric Layers technology

o   Virtualization Layers

o   Technology Evolution

o   Uptime Requirements

o   Multi Vendor Support

o   Mergers and Acquisitions

o   Storage Consolidation

o   Storage Migration

 

·         Infrastructure Requirements

o   Datacenter Requirements

o   Application availability

o   Application Support

o   Storage backend Support

o   Outsourcing

o   Insourcing

o   Cost Management

o   Power Requirements

o   Utilization of Storage (x% from CIO)

 

·         Cost

o   CapEx Reduction

o   OpEx Reduction

o   Cost of Support

o   Penalties

 

·         Tiering Requirements

o   Application Tiering

o   Business Process Tiering

o   User Data Tiering

o   Cost Savings

 

·         Replication & Archiving

o   Sarbanes Oxley

o   HIPPA

o   SEC

o   Other Compliance

o   Critical Business Requirements

o   Critical Application Requirements

 

·         Virtualization

o   Utilization

o   Efficiency

o   Uptime

o   Floor Space

o   Green Data Center

 

·         Content Management

o   Business Processes

o   User Data

o   Meta Data

 

·         Deduplication

o   Backup Windows

o   File Transfers times

o   Bandwidth

 

·         Client Usage Billing

o   Centralized Shared Storage

o   Centralized Management

o   Charge Backs and Bill Backs

o   Complex processes for Usage Billing

 

·         Database Growth

o   Ever growing databases

o   Database requirements in terms of storage

o   Database Log files

o   Log Shipping

o   Critical Applications around Databases

 

·         File System Growth

o   Ever Growing file systems

o   User Data

o   Business Process Data

 

While we talk about the IT – Storage Industry and its surrounding requirements and impact, we need to know the Storage Economics behind it.


While the File Systems are consistently growing, Databases are exponentially growing, Compliance is a must and business processes are becoming critical every day, how do we manage and leverage what we have plus help reduce CapEx / OpEx and still manage to keep uptime/ efficiency / utilization.


Example:

I recently had a chance to visit a MNC (Multi National Company) to talk about Storage. We had long 6 hour meetings with various Application Owners, Business Group Owners, Strategic Planning folks, member’s from the CIO’s office, Storage Administrator and Host Administrator. During these sessions, we asked them a few basic questions about their Storage environments related to usage, outages, charge backs, new acquisition, storage management, process management, etc.

It was very surprising to see disconnect of priorities that various different teams had based on the role they played in that organization. Certain folks were talking about budget reductions, while some had priorities to play around with the latest technologies, while some had priorities about the application uptime, while some were focused on growth and some thought about ease of use.

But during the entire time we did not hear any common messages from these various teams about efficiency and optimization of their Storage Environments …….


Well, let’s move on….

What do you do to keep up with the IT – Storage requirements?

Is someone helping you purchase new Storage?

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 1

March 25th, 2009 4 comments

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To read the previous blog posts on Storage Resource Analysis (SRA)

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 1: Storage Resource Analysis and Storage Economics

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 2: The IT – Storage World of 2009

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 3: The IT – Storage Budgets of 2009

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 4: Some Fundamental Questions

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 5: Facts about your Data

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 6: Inconsistencies in Storage Environments

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 7: The Technical Case

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 8: The Business Case

Storage Resource Analysis (SRA): Part 9: The End Result

 

Lately I have really been away from blogging; seldom get time to read the blogs I follow every day, can’t remember the last time I was on Twitter.

Work has been really busy and motivating these days, with new Service offerings we are taking to our customers and partners throughout the world, life has become more than challenging, trying to work around multiple time zones, conference bridges, airplanes or customer sites for presentations, white boards and demos.

It seems the harder we work, the more digital antisocial we become (getting away from LinkedIn, Blogging, Twittering, Gmail’g, Orkut and Facebook)?

So a lot of my work these days has been around Storage Resource Analysis (SRA) that we are offering to our customers. What I plan to do over the next several post is go over a few things to describe these services and how it fits into today’s IT / Storage Environments.

I will try to leave these blog posts to minimum number of words (possibly 400 max) but will try to describe how it helps customers in these tough economic times to better optimize storage with immediate ROI and immediate CapEx and OpEx reductions.

We will talk about the technology and the way it fits into a customer’s environment overall providing resources that help customers better leverage their existing storage assets.

I have lately been reading some blog post by David Merrill and am starting to understand the importance of Storage Economics and how it plays a major role into customer environments related to applications, usability, budgets, ROI, etc.

Hope you find these posts interesting and informative. It might help understand the necessity of Storage Economics for your environments.

Experience: 

I had a very unique experience with my recent trip to a customer site: This is a large customer running several PB’s of storage. I asked them a question during a brainstorming session, how do you anticipate your storage to grow over the next 12 months. To my surprise one of their chief Storage Architects responded to me, the OEM (not to mention any names) told us earlier this year that we are growing at an average of 70% a year.

This really got me thinking, I started researching this customer to understand how their data was growing at 70% a year. The share price of the company is not growing at 70% (rather lost all its value in 2008), the product sales of this company is not growing at 70%, they are not hiring employees at a rate of 70% a year (rather have shrunk to half the number of employees), their engineering / research divisions haven’t grown at 70% a year, application owners, host systems & projects they are working on are not growing at 70%, neither is the storage industry growing at 70%. The more I started thinking, the more it didn’t make sense.

I am just going to leave this post here…..I will let you judge the rest, have these things happened in your environment? 

My Absence….

March 20th, 2009 No comments

I have been away from the Storage Blogosphere, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook for the past 2 weeks or so. Travel schedules have been so much hectic and so many scheduled meetings, its just hard to catchup with blogging these days. 

Have to read all about EMC’s new Flash drives, the 200GB and 400GB,  I believe i had a blog post about it earlier in Feb that we might see them with the new generation of DMX5’s. 
Need to catchup on Cisco’s UCS, I see everyone in the community has written something or the other about how UCS will play in this market. 
Heard a few things about EMC’s Analyst day last Tuesday and their vision into Cloud. 
And lastly, the rumor which now is the fact, IBM is pursing the acquisition to destroy the name brand SUN. Need to read what the views are, I did hear about a month ago, that a team of IBM high level executives have been visiting various SUN offices everyday through out the US. It was always in the planning….WERE YOU HOLDING SUN STOCK WHEN THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE??? Oh boy you missed it……
I guess a lots to catchup to do on the weekend . I did finish some technical posts on DMX4 and Clariion Technology last week, but haven’t had a chance to finalize it. Hopefully next week. 
Schedule next week looks very tight as well, at least 3 customer meetings scheduled every single day for Storage Analysis presentations, new PS engagements and selling some solutions. The week after, planning to head to London for some new business that is being kicked off, some training and some business contacts to catchup with…..
Very interesting month of March so far, hope the same for April……oh and I still need to do my taxes.