DevOps Doesn’t Mean New Hardware

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Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2018

As businesses move towards a DevOps model for IT provisioning and management, serious questions are being asked of their infrastructure. DevOps principles demand speed and flexibility in order to better react to changing customer demands and market conditions.

With speed becoming a priority, CTOs may be tempted to replace existing storage to deliver enhanced performance, but this is overlooking a serious problem: many organizations are still reliant on legacy systems that, in turn, require their own data silos.

Speed expectations vs real world speed

With data segregated in this way, it won’t matter how fast the underlying storage infrastructure is, the information will still be difficult– and slow– to access. Investment in new hardware may not deliver anywhere near the expected speed or performance gains.

It may be that your business realizes greater returns and improved data-driven operations by investing in data layers that can break down legacy silos. By putting web interfaces onto old databases, or applying REST APIs, the latent value of your archive information can be unlocked.

Abstraction and cost control

Shifting attention and investment to the software layer helps to future-proof data operations, allowing you to customize access and analysis methods to suit your needs. It also reduces reliance on the underlying storage infrastructure, allowing you to delay upgrades for longer.

Increasing the speed of your storage will pay dividends. But when it comes to adopting DevOps and realizing the full benefits of the methodology, there may be other ways to deliver greater performance and flexibility gains which are less disruptive and costly.

To learn more about keeping legacy storage systems in place for longer– including guaranteed access to OEM-approved spares– please get in touch.

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