More than a product: A strategy to solve the problem of heterogeneous storage

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Contributed by Sushant Rao, Senior Director, Product Marketing, DataCore Software

 

THE PROBLEM:

HETEROGENEOUS STORAGE

Heterogeneous storage is a fact of life at most companies – nearly two thirds of companies report they have storage devices from three to nine different vendors. However, the problems that come with this type of diversity are manifold.

First, these devices are incompatible, creating silos of capacity that can’t be shared. In addition, they have varying levels of performance, availability and services, making it a challenge to consistently meet the needs of mission-critical applications.  Lastly, all these differences mean that a mixed heterogeneous environment takes more time to manage, inflates costs, and makes it more difficult to respond to the needs of the business.

THE SOLUTION:

A STORAGE STRATEGY ENABLED BY SOFTWARE-DEFINED STORAGE THROUGH THE LENOVO DX8200D

Unlike products from other companies that try to solve this challenge by ripping out and replacing the existing storage infrastructure with just their device, the Lenovo Storage DX8200D Powered by DataCore takes a different approach.  With its software-defined storage platform, it is able to consolidate and unify any existing storage in the data center, creating a pool of storage capacity and eliminating silos.  It provides the highest level of performance and availability with a consistent set of storage services, ensuring that all of your applications, from mission-critical to file and print, get the performance, availability and efficiency they need. In addition, the DX8200D provides a single console for all storage, making it easy to manage any and all devices. The DX8200D is a turnkey appliance, which means it has been designed to be easy to configure and deploy into the data center.

THE BENEFITS:

PERFORMANCE, AVAILABILITY, COST, EFFICIENCY AND AGILITY

The DX8200D efficiently utilizes all existing storage assets, which reduces cost of ownership and eliminates storage vendor lock-in.  Freeing capacity trapped in silos also makes it easier to meet the growing data needs of your business.  Applications respond faster, leading to better employee / business productivity and increased revenue while avoiding unnecessary disruptions and costs.  The DX8200D also reduces both operating costs by simplifying administration (giving staff the time back to focus on new projects and innovation) and capital costs (by enabling companies to defer hardware refreshes).  Finally, the DX8200D puts IT in charge by eliminating storage vendor lock-in and enables you to deploy any new or future storage technology to meet the needs of the business.


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