Managing Performance When Data Growth Runs Rampant

Data growth is outpacing storage solutions.

According to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker, storage sales were up Y2Y in Q3 2014. As reported in StorageNewsletter:

Total worldwide disk storage systems factory revenue grew 5.1% year over year to nearly $8.8 billion during 3Q14…

Total disk storage systems capacity shipped was 25EB. New capacity shipments grew 42% year over year during the quarter.

But the biggest market impact came from sales of storage systems by Original Design Manufacturers (ODM) directly to hyperscale datacenters. Revenue generated by this newly tracked set of complete and partially built storage systems grew 22% during the quarter and accounted for 43% of all capacity consumed.”

The open networked disk storage market (NAS combined with non-mainframe SAN) was up 2.1% year over year to $5.1 billion in revenue. External storage systems increased 0.9% to $5.8 billion in revenue.

Data Growth Outpacing Storage Solutions

Storage sales follow forecasts for ever-growing data. A recent study conducted by long-term data storage company Storiant found that:

  • 60% of CIOs say data will outpace their company’s storage solution in 12 months or less
  • 46% of CIOs retain data for 6-10 years due to regulatory and compliance needs
  • Assuming that budgets remain flat, 46% of CIOs say they will have to be selective about which data to keep if they maintain their current storage solution

Older, cold data, that is accessed infrequently is still being stored for compliance purposes, leaving less room for new data that is accessed more frequently.

Keeping Operations Running at Peak Performance Levels

No matter your storage solution (even at home, the more data you create, the more videos, photos, documents, spreadsheets and applications on your PC) one thing remains clear: when you need access to your data you need it fast. The more data you have, the more important it is to keep files – and the free space around them – defragmented and contiguous for faster access.

Anyone who uses PerfectDisk across their network of PCs, servers and virtualized systems knows the maintenance of that data is critical to performance across the entire network – during the active workday to aid in productivity (of employees and of the systems their data is stored and accessed from) and during downtime, when employees are gone for the night or weekend but when systems are still working, especially during physical server and virtualization backups:

  • PerfectDisk’s SMARTPlacement™ disk optimization algorithm provides the best balance between file performance, improved boot times and preventing refragmentation. Boot files are placed at the front of the disk followed by Directories, Rarely Modified, Occasionally Modified and Recently Modified files. The remaining free space is consolidated at the end of the disk to allow for contiguous writing of data.
  • PerfectDisk’s OptiWrite® technology prevents fragmentation from occurring in the first place (and without sacrificing system speed in doing so). OptiWrite reduces the amount of defragmentation energy and resources needed to keep your system running optimally.

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