The legend goes that in 1981 Microsoft founder and CEO, Bill Gates, was quoted as saying that 640K of memory ought to be enough for anybody. Needless to say, data needs have grown since then.
Admittedly, that was in 1981, a time when PCs were extremely expensive and were yet to become as mainstream as they are these days. In addition, he was referring to memory, and not so much storage, which is what this blog is concentrating on.
That said, it gets you thinking. If he thought that 640K memory was enough, how much storage would he think would suffice at the time? 1MB, 5MB or 10MB? The above claims are now moot as there is no way one can run a program or even an app with the above-mentioned specifications. Just take a look at the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to see which is the smallest app available for download.
With that in mind, let’s discuss what current organisations’ data needs are. Admittedly there is a plethora of information about this on the Internet, but in this post we're concentrating on five key points facing companies of all sizes at the moment:
Simply put, data storage is the collection and retention of digital information or the bits and bytes behind applications, network protocols, documents, media, address books, user preferences and more. Data storage, and more to the point data management, is the main component of big data, sometimes referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT).
Today, IT is under increasing pressure to deliver greater levels of simplicity and agility on the business side. Enterprise-grade, on-premises storage must now provide the same operational flexibility as cloud, becoming ever more adaptable, automated and easier to integrate with existing management frameworks.
“But, how does one understand their organisation’s data needs and in turn purchase the correctly specified hardware to support it?,” asks Chris Larkins, business unit manager for Dell Enterprise at Tarsus Distribution.
“When it comes to information storage and management there is no "one size fits all" approach. Businesses need to work out from where their information originates and how much data they accumulate. From there they can decide what is important and what can be deleted. They also need to decide on the type of management plan they would like to go with. For example, a cloud-only approach, an on-premises one, or a hybrid setup,” he continues.
Larkins offers the following tips for IT administrators to keep in mind when outlining information storage and administration strategy:
Data also needs to be physically secured. This means devices that store information must be protected against fire, physical theft, water damage and the like. It also needs to be virtually secured against hacking, malware, ransomware and viruses.
Data storage and management can be a daunting task for many. But there are companies, devices and experts there to help.
“The Dell EMC PowerStore appliance, distributed by Tarsus Distribution, is just one solution,” comments Larkins. It is designed to meet the growing data demands of any organisation through its scalability, security and performance.
PowerStore can be configured to suit a company’s current needs and then grow with it, meaning one only pays for what is needed - keeping costs to an absolute minimum.
“The device is also intelligent in that if it is correctly configured many of the tasks are automated, thereby eliminating most of the complexity and all the while allowing an enterprise to concentrate on the faster delivery of new applications and services,” says Larkins.
Its intelligence also automates mundane processes like data migration, load balancing and data optimisation, even as environments evolve sometimes in an unpredictable way.
Larkins concludes by saying that no matter what a current storage environment looks like, the PowerStore solution helps simplify and modernise it without adding another management level, allowing IT staff to leverage their current skillsets while investing confidently in the future.
Enterprise-grade, on-premises storage must now provide the same operational flexibility as cloud, becoming ever more adaptable, automated and easier to integrate with existing management frameworks.