A Cheap Performance Boost For Legacy Storage Arrays

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Posted on Friday, September 7, 2018

The very nature of developing technology is that newer systems will (almost) always outperform their predecessors. So, when the OEM withdraws support for older storage arrays, they can always promise a measurable performance improvement should you choose to upgrade.

By withdrawing support, the OEM places pressure on you to invest in a costly upgrade. A boost in performance offers some additional incentive to follow the specified hardware refresh.

There is an alternative course of action

With the use of a third-party maintenance partner, there is another option. You can keep existing arrays in place and achieve a measurable performance increase.

Our experience shows that many customer arrays are not fully populated, leaving plenty of expansion potential. Obviously, you could increase capacity by adding additional hard drives. But by populating vacant slots with SSDs, you can create hybrid arrays that offer a significant speed improvement.

And if you don't have any free trays, swapping some existing drives for SSDs is a relatively straightforward process.

Performance up, costs down

SSDs are more expensive than HDDs – but they are also much cheaper than buying a brand new all-flash array. The performance gains may not be as great, but a hybrid array will always be more performant than an all-disk system.

At the same time, choosing a third-party storage maintenance provider allows you to reduce costs even further. CDS offer savings of up to 50% on the OEM equivalent, without any decline in the quality of service received for instance.

In fact, CDS can solve both problems you face as hardware reaches end of service life. We can provide ongoing post-warranty support and help provide a much-needed performance boost. All without any kind of costly, disruptive system upgrade.

To learn more about how CDS can help you regain control of your data center and open new cost-saving possibilities, please get in touch.

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