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Why companies need to embrace modern storage solutions

To stay up to date organizations need to overhaul their legacy storage solutions. Although they may not need to move all their systems to a new platform at once, a meaningful level of modernization is critical to remain efficient, profitable and relevant in an increasingly digital business environment. Organizations need to be able to understand what is on offer.



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Companies are increasingly deploying a hybrid cloud infrastructure for their business applications and face challenges when they need to move legacy workloads to the cloud. If a lot of data is still held in outdated storage infrastructure then bottlenecks, latency and downtime are still a threat, regardless of where the applications and workloads run.

“If a company decides to modernize its business applications but sticks to the traditional storage environment, no miracles are to be expected after the upgrade. The problems with legacy storage technologies, such as disk-based storage, are often the catalyst for legacy system modernization,” said Markus Grau, Principal System Engineering at Pure Storage.

“Actually, companies should consider it necessary to update their data stores before they move to the cloud.”

Given the fact that the cost of downtime can exceed four-digits per hour, any investment in storage technology designed to provide a high level of uptime must be rock solid. The introduction of a hybrid cloud infrastructure for enterprise applications is becoming a must – and therefore an all flash solution could be exactly what an enterprise needs for its workloads.

Provisional solutions are not advisable

When organizations run modern databases with traditional storage, efficiency can be compromised and bottlenecks can occur. Choosing an incremental approach to improve storage and application performance is a mistake. Whether you’re trying to deploy additional servers, fragment drives, buy hybrid disks, or just more storage, the end result is always the same: a temporary solution that doesn’t solve basic problems. In other words, only the symptoms are treated and not the disease.

“The choice of hybrid cloud-based data solutions is usually the result of tangible and measurable difficulties in the existing infrastructure. Adding temporary solutions later will only delay the inevitable downtime and increasing user frustration,” explains Markus Grau. “The best approach is to update the storage infrastructure before legacy applications are moved to the cloud.”

Modernization of storage infrastructures

Some companies are considering replacing all hard drives with solid-state drives (SSDs). This costly step is not necessarily the solution since there is fully NVMe-based flash memory on the market, and it is an opportunity to benefit from simpler storage management, lower fixed costs, and improved end-user experience.

By moving away from disk-based storage, such modern all flash solutions maximize current technology investments. They provide the performance essential for business-critical applications and high-volume transaction workloads in industries such as financial services and e-commerce.

Once companies have taken steps to modernize their legacy storage solutions they will then be in a position where they are able to fully benefit from transitioning to a cloud solution.


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Suzanne Mitchell juggles the busy life of a full-time mom and entrepreneur while also being a writer-at-large for several business publications. Her work mostly covers the financial sector, including traditional and alternative investing. She shares reports and analyses on the real estate, fintech and cryptocurrency markets. She also likes to write about the health and biotech industry, in particular its intersection with clean water and cannabis. It is one of her goals to always share things of interest to women who want to make their mark in the world.