By Darrell James
I hate buying tires for my car. I can drop $700 just to keep doing what I’ve been doing—no functional enhancement, as we would say in the technology business. But they’re critical to getting me where I’m going, so I try to keep them inflated, rotate them occasionally, and do the other things manufacturers encourage to squeeze another few thousand miles out of them. And before a long trip, I check the pressure and tread wear and make sure the lug nuts are tight.
Storage is a little like that. Keeping storage facilities healthy is as important to IT services as good tires are to your car. And with a little effort, you can extend the life of existing storage, defer capital spending, and help be sure you’re ready when the business wants to take on new storage-intensive applications like business intelligence or big data.
At HP Discover 2012, I’ll be demonstrating how HP Storage Efficiency Analysis service helps IT organizations do just that. Storage Efficiency Analysis is the health check that tells you if you are using your storage systems efficiently, and it highlights opportunities for improvement. It looks at your overall storage utilization and identifies the largest storage consumers on the system. It checks for common problems like duplicate files and storage that has never been used. It examines data age and spots opportunities to move data to less expensive storage tiers to make more expensive tier storage available. We also examine your organization’s IT service maturity as it relates to storage management and show you a recommended future state.
The service is delivered by experts that know storage—regardless of which vendor supplied it—so you get the benefit of years of experience with a variety of storage systems. It’s just the check you need to see which areas are doing well and where you should focus your attention. As with the tires on your car, a little effort now can save thousands down the road.
Learn more about HP Storage Efficiency Analysis.
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Darrell James is worldwide portfolio manager for Hewlett-Packard Technology Consulting Services. He has been in the storage and data-related industries for more 20 years as an engineer, architect, and manager in both small and large organizations. His current portfolio charter includes management and support of data migrations, backup and recovery, and infrastructure services. Darrell has consulted with clients on issues such as storage and data optimization, acquisitions, cloud, virtualization, technology refreshes, SAN best practices, and outsourcing, as well as the various methods available today to perform data movement and reclamation. He has also worked with customers to help align business processes and procedures with related technology and services. He has earned a BS from New York Institute of Technology and an MBA from Florida Institute of technology.