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Businesses are under a lot of stress to make systems work

by on March 13, 2013

Getting the best performance and the most value out of existing infrastructure is one of the agendas that organizations are always trying to push. They have a large volume of hard disk management solutions, tape tracking software and various other legacy deployments that, while somewhat older, are not as worthless as some corporations that jumped the cloud might think. As integral resources in the fight against data theft and continuity management, solid state assets are some of the best assets around.

The trouble is that not all businesses respect the integrity of these devices, putting themselves and their hardware in peril. Virtualization and private cloud access are straining systems to do more than the maximum they’ve already been asked to perform. What results is a data center ready to melt at any moment, unless IT personnel are savvy enough to catch the distress.

PC World wrote that stress and burn testing are some of the best ways to ensure that hard disk resources are still running at optimal levels. Processors have certain temperatures and settings at which they run best, so checking systems regularly to see whether they’re running at these levels is key to keeping them healthy. The shift in physical deployments has resulted in hard drives that carry Flash capabilities, so run speeds may be faster, but businesses need to be sure these drives are still running within a safe heat range. A total server meltdown would be disastrous in any organization, so the source recommended having a separate tape archive for continuity reasons.

The upside and the downside
Flash can deliver the additional performance that personnel need in order to make their systems run faster without overworking their hard disk solutions, Forbes pointed out. That’s part of what has made them such a popular addition to the storage infrastructure of many organizations. Cutting operational costs and decreasing turnaround time with regular system checks has prompted many organizations to adopt new resources such as these to encourage better internal operations.

However, Channel Pro warned that flash arrays are not enough to support an entire corporate infrastructure on their own. On their own, they’re actually quite expensive, but when piggybacked on traditional hard disks, the price difference can be negligible. Allowing for built-in layering of storage resources, the combination of flash and hard disk tools can facilitate easier virtualization without as much risk of a meltdown, but none of these resources is a total solution without the others.

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