The “New Record” Threat to Your Data Center

A few people standing in front of a stage listening to music while most people are at the bar

Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Anyone who has ever attended a concert knows “that” moment. There’s a pause in the set as the lead singer announces “here’s a track from our new album, in stores next month.”

A quiet groan goes up from the audience, and there’s a rush for the bar. The band does their best, but the atmosphere dies a little until they move back to the greatest hits.

From the Rolling Stones to U2 to Elton John, even the biggest names in music experience the same reaction. Everyone wants to hear ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Paint It Black,’ ‘Just Your Fool.’ not so much.

Over time those new records will go on to become fan favorites, a seamless part of future sets. But until then, the effect on the overall performance is largely negative.

New equipment, new problems

Similar issues exist in your data center, too. Adding new assets should deliver a marked improvement in terms of performance, capacity and availability. But there is always a dip in performance while the new systems settle in.

With a well-managed implementation strategy, you should be able to manage most of these problems– at least as far as end-users are concerned. There will always be teething issues that need to be worked through, but applications installed on top of the new storage layer should mainly operate relatively well.

It is in the back office that the biggest performance issues are likely to be encountered. It is the engineers who are called upon to correct teething issues, and, in doing so, their other responsibilities will be sidelined. New hardware causes an inevitable drain on resources initially, increasing the total cost of ownership.

Doing the math

As your business plans its next upgrade, you must remember to factor in the additional running costs during implementation and hand-over. When dealing with secondary or archive systems, those costs will quickly cancel out any savings. With a negligible benefit, would your organization be better advised to retain existing systems and choose a third-party maintenance provider to support them? 

Rock n’ Roll bands have the luxury of being able to change their setlist if new material is badly received. They can always fall back on the greatest hits to impress the crowd.

CTOs are not so lucky. If new hardware takes too long to deliver on expectations, there is no fallback option. Which is why you must seriously consider whether retaining existing systems may better serve your business in the short-term.

To learn more about how CDS can help you extend the lifespan of your existing storage assets and avoid embarrassing drops in performance, please get in touch.

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