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Servers & Storage

Data Management Efficiency

A recent Gartner review states that worldwide overall IT Budgets in 2012 will have a flat growth rate or even a decline in North America and Europe. Other resources (Forrester) have shown that within that budget the share for storage grew from 10% in 2007 to 17% in 2009. What we learn from these numbers is that storage is a growing part of a shrinking budget.

Therefore Ferranti researched all data management pains and divided them into 5 main domains:

  • Data Growth
  • Data Protection
  • Data Reduction
  • Data Usage
  • Data Management

Data Growth

Big data or unstructured data, large movie files or medical images, multiple copies of the same files for retention or recovery - the biggest pain in data management is the exponential growth of it. And is all that data active? No. Even in a production environment, less then 20% of all data is reused multiple times after creation. Therefore it is important to choose the right place for the right type of data.

Solutions: Multi-Tiering | Sub-Lun Tiering | Object Storage | Scale-Out NAS

Data Protection

When servers supported single applications or solutions, downtime was not that critical. Now that we have virtualized all our environments, a hardware disaster never comes alone. Therefore we are obliged to have multiple copies during the day, maybe even live copies (active/active) or storage in multiple locations like a DR site. In this area of data management it is crucial that hardware and software solutions are tightly aligned and co-operative in order to provide you with a strongly integrated and secure platform.

Solutions: SAN Snapshots | Archiving | Replication | DR Storage

Data Reduction

Besides putting the data on the type of storage that matches the usage pattern it is also important to reduce the footprint of storage. All enterprise storage vendors use data reduction through one or more of the solutions below.

Solutions: Thin Provisioning | Thin Reclamation | Inline Deduplication | Compression

Data Usage

One of the most common issues for businesses is performance. Many new software solutions demand more from storage arrays than they were designed for. Application and desktop virtualization also demand greater performance and bandwidth from the storage. Several startups and major vendors are addressing these issues with new solutions like flash-based storage or faster data networks (e.g. 10Gb Ethernet and 40Gb InfiniBand)

Solutions: SSD Arrays | I/O Virtualization | Flash Cache Cards | Converged Networking

Data Management

How, where and most importantly who will manage all that data? If companies are going to place data in the cloud, how will this integrate with our production environment? Will we have to do everything manually? How about data security? Who can handle backup data and can your data reside on shared platforms?

Solutions: Multi-Tenancy | Cloud Storage Gateway | Storage Virtualization Software


Ferranti has a proven approach to enterpise storage solutions mainly from Dell, and other storage hardware and software vendors. Ferranti can provide you with an assessment that points out the strengths and weaknesses of your data management. At the end of the process you get a report and a roadmap for improvement.


Servers & Storage cases

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