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Addressing your Enterprise NAS Priorities

network attached storageWhile there are naysayers who think that the NAS market is on the decline, there are others that forecast continued and expansive growth in the NAS market. One company suggest that the enterprise NAS market will hit 62,000 petabytes some time in 2012.

What does that mean for your enterprise? Well, for one, it means that the big NAS vendors, from EMC to HP to IBM to Dell, will all be competing for your business, alongside the traditional NAS market leaders. It also means an opportunity to take advantage of innovations in the area of file virtualization systems, and with cloud storage solutions that meet the NAS needs of your enterprise in unconventional ways.

It also means that you need to get your Enterprise NAS priorities in order. You need to recognize the problem areas in your NAS implementations. The biggest problem for the vast majority of enterprises is the rapid growth of your installed storage systems base.

You need to be able to make your NAS systems as efficient as possible in many areas, from power to cooling to footprint. How do you do that? While every enterprise has its own unique situation, there are some general guiding principles you can follow to address this enterprise NAS priority:

•    Maximize your storage resource management tools. Use those tools to measure your NAS capacity and efficiency. Even starting with something basic like the File Server Resource Manager built in to Windows Server 2008 is a start. Most enterprises should consider implementing a more robust storage resource management tool, however. IBM, HP and all of the major vendors offer these kinds of tools, and there’s bound to be one that will work well in your environment.

•    Focus on optimization. There are a number of optimization tools out there, as well. Specifically, you want to use storage optimization tools that will not only give you data on your environment, but be able to use deduplication and comrpession technologies, as well.

•    Increase virtualization. Virtualization of your enterprise storage environment lets you use intellegent tiering of your storage, moving your less-used data to lower-cost storage systems accordingly.

•    Move valuable data with infrequent access to the cloud. There are a number of solutions that allwo you to move applications to the cloud, including your storage management, optimzation and virtualization tools.

Implementing these kinds of changes will help you meet the rapidly-changing needs of your organization while making sure that your NAS solutions don’t overcrowd the resources of your data center.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.