How Automation Improves Storage Admin Jobs

How Automation Improves Storage Admin Jobs

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DataSphere aligns data with the ideal storage resources to meet application needs, automatically and transparently, based on user-defined objectives. This enables DataSphere to automate tiering and data migrations—tasks that eat up a lot of storage admin time at the expense of more strategic projects. By automatically ensuring data is on the ideal storage for meeting application needs, DataSphere makes storage administration more productive and predictable, while saving money for enterprises. Let’s take a closer look at how.

Take the Risk Out of Storage Refreshes

Migrations and upgrades require extensive planning. The process often includes sizing performance and capacity for all expected projects over a hardware’s given lifetime, which is typically three to five years.  Admins must then plan and perform multiple steps to minimize the risk of disruption or downtime when migrating storage systems. This risk increases as admins perform disruptive or destructive upgrades to existing storage systems, move active or critical data to new, more performant storage tiers, and push less active data down to lower cost storage resources.

DataSphere automates the placement and movement of data, transparently to applications, to virtually eliminate the risk of downtime. It also enables administrators to seamlessly add performance and capacity, using any storage type from any vendor. With DataSphere, storage refreshes become a continuous, non-disruptive maintenance process, as opposed to a periodic, high risk event. Admins can add more capacity of any type of storage from any vendor in a scale out fashion. Storage refreshes require simply decommissioning a device and then adding new performance or capacity to the DataSphere global namespace. DataSphere automatically rebalance data across the newly added resources appropriately.

What this means for storage admins is that instead of agonizing over how to minimize business disruption, they can focus on the best way to scale out their storage resources, choosing the storage services and tiers they need to meet the unique needs of their business’ data and adopting the best way to procure storage rapidly from their chosen vendor or reseller.

Delivering Data as a Service

When an application owner needs storage, they frequently work with a storage admin who will allocate static storage resources that can meet the application’s requirements. To prevent the need to move data, storage admins typically over purchase storage. Even so, admins all have horror stories about the time individual or aggregate application demand unexpectedly spiked, sending them scrambling to perform an emergency migration (usually over weekends or holidays, it might seem).

DataSphere enables storage admins to assign performance and protection objectives to data. DataSphere will automatically place data on the ideal storage to meet those requirements. Storage admins can view individual and aggregate storage and deploy additional performance and capacity, on demand. This allows storage admins to sign SLAs with much greater confidence, without the need to conduct complex sizing exercises or over purchase capacity. In the event of unexpected application activity, DataSphere can automatically and transparently redistribute data to restore alignment with the application’s objectives. This saves storage admins the fire drills while protecting business continuity. In addition, DataSphere enables storage administrators to create service catalogs that they can make directly available to application and data managers, with predefined costs to facilitate chargeback and showback.

The diagram below illustrates a tiered service catalog:


Figure 1. DataSphere enables storage admins to create service catalogs.

Increase Visibility, Add Value

It’s rare for storage admins to hear from other departments, unless something has gone wrong. DataSphere enables storage admins to spend less time “keeping things running” so they can put their skills to work on projects that more visibly add value to the business. For example, instead of planning the next storage refresh, admins can tackle new projects, such as cloud initiatives, machine learning, Big Data and security.

With DataSphere, admins can lead the charge in enterprise initiatives that increase the company’s top and bottom lines, all while increasing productivity by streamlining application deployment and increasing uptime. Visit our product page to learn more about DataSphere, or drop us a line at deepdrive@primarydata.com to schedule a discussion and demo.



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