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Growing Pains: Constraining Your Datacenter Footprint

by Catherine Chiang – October 2, 2017

As data continues to grow, enterprises struggle to find solutions for constraining their datacenter footprints and keeping costs down. While many enterprises are turning to colocation and cloud to offset their data storage demand, these options pose significant challenges.

More Data, More Problems

With data growing exponentially toward 2020 and beyond and the world’s digital data projected to reach 163 zettabytes by 2025, enterprises face great challenges in keeping their data under control.

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Source: 451 Research

As enterprises grapple with exploding amounts of data, the top storage pain point for organizations in 2016 and 2017 is data and capacity growth, according to a survey by 451 Research.

Enterprises with their own datacenters must scale to keep up with data growth and manage sprawling infrastructure while controlling soaring costs, or else risk halting essential organizational functions. This is no easy feat, and in recent years enterprise IT has increasingly taken advantage of storing data offsite in colocation facilities or cloud.

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Source: Uptime Institute

While many enterprises still value on-premises datacenters, with the majority of IT expenditure still going towards corporate datacenters according to Uptime Institute’s 2017 Data Center Industry Survey, enterprises have also found that incorporating third-party services such as colo and cloud allow them to offset some of their data storage demand.

When asked how they would meet demand for datacenter capacity, many enterprises responded that they planned on upgrading or building their own datacenters (Uptime Institute’s 2017 Data Center Industry Survey). However, enterprises also planned to incorporate third-party services into their data capacity strategy, with 33% of respondents planning on utilizing cloud and 18% planning on leasing more colo space.

Both colo and cloud allow enterprises to outsource or reduce the work of building and managing increasingly complex infrastructure, so that companies can focus on their core functions instead of the growing demands of data storage. Many enterprises use a combination of on-premise datacenters, colo, and cloud to meet their data storage needs.

Challenges with Scaling with Colo and Cloud

However, storing data in colo or cloud poses additional challenges.

When using colo, enterprises must be able to remotely monitor, manage, and audit their systems without physical access to their infrastructure.

Enterprises must also jump some significant hurdles along their journey to cloud. Enterprises may have internal barriers to using cloud, such as lack of trust, or external barriers, such as compliance with regulatory bodies. When enterprises do opt to use cloud, they may find it difficult to identify which data to tier to cloud; once enterprises have migrated data to cloud it can be difficult to know where their data is and how to recover it quickly.

Whatever options enterprises implement to store their explosion of data, the process can be convoluted and difficult to navigate. Enterprises with massive file systems must not only figure out how they will store their growing data, but also develop forward-looking data management strategies to make their data work for themnot the other way around.

How Igneous Can Help

Delivered as-a-Service, Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud provides solutions to these pain points of modernizing legacy data storage, backup, and archive systems.

Here are some services and features that Igneous provides:

  • Backup data on premises or offsite: Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud can backup data either in your datacenter or offsitewhether in a colo facility or public cloudand help constrain your datacenter footprint.
  • Convenience of on-premises datacenter with benefits of cloud: Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud keeps data in your datacenter, behind your firewalls, with optional tiering to public cloud.
  • Zero Touch Infrastructure: Igneous remotely monitors, manages, and updates appliances, so you don’t have to manage infrastructurebut still have the benefits of keeping data in your own datacenter or in a colocation facility.
  • Policy-based tiering: IT can create policies that automate tiering of data.
  • File Insights: Igneous recommends data to archive, reducing primary storage costs.
  • Scalability: Igneous Hybrid Storage Cloud scales from 100TB to 100PB and beyond, so your data growth won’t outpace your ability to store your digital assets.

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