Automated Storage Tiering

System administrators and IT professionals face the challenge of matching the application performance demand with storage systems capabilities more and more often. Fast Enterprise-grade flash becomes the first choice to solve the problem. However, there is still the question of how to implement it properly.

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Problems of Manual Storage Tiering

As the global demands for businesses grow by the day, applications don’t just need more storage, they need it to be faster. There are a couple of ways to increase storage performance: tiered storage and all-flash systems. Both approaches may be combined in mixed flash tiered setups, where the faster tier consists of fast enterprise flash (NVMe, Intel® Optaneтм, etc.), while the cold tier consists of slower flash (QLC SSDs). In tiered systems, data management can become a critical issue for the IT staff. IT administrators should decide whether the data set should be in a hot tier or in a cold one, thereby increasing the time spent on manual data management and TCO. At the same time, simply buying an all-flash array won't solve the issue automatically. You have to choose specific types of storage for dedicated tasks, tier and interconnect them correctly for optimum result.

Manual data management on a tiered storage


Automated Storage Tiering

With the implementation of StarWind Automated Storage Tiering, the IT staff is “set free” from the storage management routine. Consequently, a system with automated storage spaces tiering allows administrators to easily provision storage with the desired performance characteristics. The data flow between tiers is fully automated, thereby shrinking TCO. Fast and slow flash is combined into a single pool to provide the best storage spaces tiering performance and prolong the life of flash. Your properly-planned system with Automated Storage Tiering powered by StarWind will give the applications the performance of an all-flash Enterprise-grade array even if you haven't got one. The necessary investments are minimized and ROI is increased. Storage QoS policies will make sure that your IOPS-hungry applications will have all the power they need "round the clock." Instead of spending money on more physical storage products, start investing in storage solutions.

Data management with StarWind Automated Storage Tiering


Comprehensive Storage Provisioning and High Performance with StarWind’s Automated Storage Tiering

By adding StarWind Automated Storage Tiering to the storage environment, organizations benefit from the fast-performing storage and increased ROI. The TCO is also much lower as management routines get automated and do not require manual labor anymore.

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