Speeding Up Your Data Center – Part III

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Posted on Tuesday, December 12, 2017

In this third part of our short series on improving the performance of your storage arrays and infrastructure (part one and two here), we provide three more practical tips you should seriously consider implementing. So without further ado

1. Invest in deduplication

Previously, we looked at the importance of deduplicating data stores to free up capacity and increase overall performance; but deduplication cannot be treated as a one-off exercise. Obviously you can perform regular cleanup operations, but for greatest efficiency (and cost-effectiveness) data should be de-duplicated and compressed in real time at the array level.

Obviously this means additional investment in new hardware, but the savings will be immediate if you no longer have to undertake manual cleanup projects. Choosing to deduplicate and compress at the array level will also help to reduce overhead on the rest of your infrastructure, minimizing the overall effect on data operations.

2. Streamline your backups

Conventional wisdom dictates that you must backup all your data at every opportunity. But does that really make sense? Are you regularly making copies of out-dated, irrelevant files that would never be required in a recovery situation?

Take some time to review your current backup routines, paying close attention to information that is of little value – like old system access logs – and remove them from the most frequent backup jobs. You should see a decrease in backup execution times and overall capacity requirements.

3. Reassess your array hardware configuration

Throwing additional capacity at your growing data estate will not solve long-term problems. Instead, focus on the data itself – and try to prioritize according to business needs.

Using those insights, look at how you can apply auto-tiering on your SAN to migrate data according to need. Further improvements can be realized by reconfiguring SANs to support SSD, SAS and SATA drives, then using the auto-tie ring functionality to store data on the appropriate media. Best of all, replacing drives is an exceptionally cost-effective way to extend the usable lifespan of existing SAN assets.

Ready to learn more about boosting the performance of your storage infrastructure? Give us a call to discuss how CDS can help.