Getting your arms around your unstructured data, servers, virtual machines, storage and SAN fabric has never been more relevant to IT administrators and CIOs. Luckily, there are a few excellent products that will help you to solve this performance and capacity conundrum, saving money and hopefully getting an approving nod from the boss.
Here’s why this issue is important to you, the IT expert: At last count, there were a dozen or more different all-flash independent SAN companies. Indeed, there are now so many good choices for primary enterprise data storage that most administrators will inherit or develop mixed, multi-brand and multi-device type production environments. This includes all of the great and diverse products from the market share leading storage companies like EMC, NetApp, IBM, HP and others.
And, more to the point: Based upon my experience in working with customers and their storage, it’s common that 45 percent of a customer’s data has not been accessed in one year or more. And that data is sitting on prime real estate that is being powered, cooled, backed up and replicated in an ongoing effort to provide top service levels (SLAs) to their data consumers.
The rise of products that slay this dragon include storage vendor-supplied software (usually specific to their product lines), as well as companies with products that are independent from any one storage, switch or server vendor. You might be thinking, “That type of software is expensive.” Yes, it can be, but competition has created cost effective solutions now that hit the mark for most all customers facing the complex environment problem.
One example of an enterprise product that is independent would be Arxview from Arxscan, Inc. The software is a self-contained VM and starts at $10,000, plus $1,000 for each array. This solution gives you detailed file level information both enterprise-wide and by drilling down into your favorite pain point. Capacity and performance can be measured at almost any level of detail.
The virtual machine-level detail – which is important – allows you to measure speed and capacity of the specific volume on which that VM is sitting. All-important numbers like latency can show customers that it’s time to move a VM off of a particular volume and on to a higher performance LUN. The software is intuitive, yet feature-rich and covers SAN, NAS and DAS storage from a large number of storage vendors. Arxview covers virtual machine environments from VMware and Hyper-V.
The company offers a free one-month trial of the product and deployment is almost as painless as importing an OVA/F file into VMware. The product works best when you have at least 100 VMs or more in either VMware or Hyper-V. It scales well and is currently at work at large healthcare, banking and transportation companies around the world. In addition to a daily dashboard view into your shop, Arxview supplies an optional PowerPoint report every day for C-level consumption.