Five Features to Look for When Choosing Scale-Out Storage

Data is growing at an exponential pace. In the Asia Pacific and Japan region (excluding China), IDC predicts that the creation of data will increase from 5.9ZB in 2018 to 33.8ZB in 2025. While it brings great opportunities for deeper data-driven insights, businesses in the region have to be prepared to deal with this tremendous growth or risk being swept away by this upcoming data deluge.

In terms of storage, traditional deployment approaches will not be able to keep up with the demands of this jump in data creation. Businesses will need to act quickly to update their storage strategies and it is not just about ensuring they have enough space.

Many are already turning to a scale-out storage architecture that allows them to overcome the limitations of the traditional “scale up” storage infrastructure by adding more capacity and performance, using a single repository, as and when required. This enables organisations to meet the growing demands of data storage quickly and efficiently.

If you’re on the lookout for a scale-out storage platform, here are some of the most essential features that it should include:

  • Simplicity – The platform has to be powerful enough to provide you with the capacity and performance that you need, yet simple to install, manage and scale to virtually any size. As your data grows, it’s important that you streamline your storage infrastructure by consolidating your large-scale data assets and eliminate any silos. The solution should simplify your data storage environments and give you the capability to locate, access and manage data and gain a holistic view across heterogeneous storage systems with a single pane of glass.

  • Intelligent storage insights – As your data grows, you need to have complete visibility into what data you have, where it is located and provide users and teams throughout the organisation with the data they need in a timely manner in order to collaborate more effectively. Make sure that your storage is able to deliver insights about your infrastructure to empower the organisation to discover, understand and act on data across heterogeneous systems and the cloud and simplify management.

  • Storage for the right workloads – Different workloads have different storage requirements. Whether you need extreme performance with all-flash NVMe, long term capacity or a hybrid mixture of flash and disks, your scale-out storage system has to be able to alight your diverse applications and workloads with the type of storage that they need. This creates cost efficiencies and higher utilisation rates from reduced silos and reduced overprovisioning.

  • Storage optimisation and protection – Protecting your systems from downtime and data losses have never been more important in this digital age of always-on availability. Your storage infrastructure must be equipped with next-generation data optimisation and comprehensive data backup capabilities to ensure availability – no matter where your data resides.

  • Any data, anywhere – The cloud will continue to become a vital resource for digitally transforming organisations. Your scale-out storage solution should be designed to allow you to store your data anywhere, be it at the data centre, the cloud or the edge – and provide seamless migration anywhere in between. When done right, this will enable your organisation to blend OpEx and CapEx models to achieve the most cost-effective storage infrastructure.

As a leader in the enterprise storage space, Dell Technologies has the storage portfolio that empowers forward-thinking enterprises to get the scalability, intelligence and cloud integration they need to unlock the value of their data.

From data storage essentials that help you simplify, monitor, organise and optimise your environment, to efficiently consolidating a wide range of storage workloads at any scale, Dell has the solutions that will enable you to truly harness the power of data.

Click here to find out the top 10 reasons why businesses are turning to Dell Technologies storage offerings to meet their multi-cloud aspirations.

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