As businesses learn to live in the “new normal”, IT organizations are often asked to squeeze more effectiveness out of there IT storage environment. Pragmatism rules. Getting more for less can mean buying cheaper IT storage equipment, but more often it entails using what you’ve already got but better.
But better how? Go to Burton Group Catalyst in Prague.
When I’m asked about building out a storage infrastructure, I usually start talking up the concepts around information management first. Yes, it can be fun to jump right to the technology but knowing what kinds of data exist is job one. Of course, that can be a tricky endeavor. In large organizations just inventorying what information (e.g. data) exists can be a full time job. But getting past the mind numbing task of data inventory is important and necessary.
But then what? Go to Burton Group Catalyst in Prague.
Certainly knowing what data an IT enterprise stores is good, but that’s just a start. To properly place data in a storage infrastructure requires associating characteristics to it. How long should it be saved? who can see it? what countries can it be transferred to? what kind of performance is necessary? you get the picture.
So before placing one byte of data into a storage system, the business – not just the IT organization - must deal with:
- Knowing the value of every byte: Sounds good but an organization simply can’t know every thing about every byte – How can the risk of not knowing be managed? When is an organization taking too much risk?
- Who can touch the data? How does identity management come to play and how would one architect a system to do that?
- Protecting data from prying eyes – how can data be secured? Does all data get treated the same or is it necessary to fine tune protection?
and the list goes on….
and just for fun after the nature of the data is known (or at least awareness is raised) can Cloud technologies help? Does server virtualization make things simpler and cheaper?
As usual, understanding the details is the challenge. Figuring out those details can be a time consuming task requiring a great deal of research.
Do yourself a favor, take a short cut to a more efficient IT storage infrastructure and come to the Burton Group Catalyst conference in Prague. Hear how those details can be dealt with.
Posted by Gene Ruth