Showback the value of your data storage expertise

An IT industry analyst article published by SearchCloudStorage.


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To demonstrate value, IT must provide an easy-to-understand cost model to its business leaders. This has fostered IT showback projects. Yet showback isn’t easy to achieve.

Mike Matchett

It seems everyone is trying to eliminate the storage admin. If the general virtual admin can manage storage or the cloud takes care of it, why not? Well, for one, it would greatly increase all kinds of risk. IT operations could always become more automated and infrastructure silos will naturally merge, sure, but advanced storage responsibilities like data protection and governance are complex, tricky, and often require close supervision and expertise.

It’s not just storage that’s in trouble, either. Public clouds provide a simple price structure that businesses can not only directly map to utilization, but also often unfairly compare to their internal IT allocation, or tax, for similar services.

So how can IT make clear the relative value of storage knowhow in this new world of automation, virtualization, convergence and cloud computing…(read the complete as-published article there)

Visualizing (and Optimizing) Cluster Performance

(Excerpt from original post on the Taneja Group News Blog)

Clusters are the scale-out way to go in today’s data center. Why not try to architect an infrastructure that can grow linearly in capacity and/or performance? Well, one problem is that operations can get quite complex especially when you start mixing workloads and tenants on the same cluster. In vanilla big data solutions everyone can compete, and not always fairly, for the same resources. This is a growing problem in production environments where big data apps are starting to underpin key business-impacting processes.

…(read the full post)