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5 Ways Thin Provisioning Saves You Money

CB068324 LoResWe’ve come a long way in terms of how we provision processing power at the data center. Virtualization strategies have saved companies tons of money over the past several years, and has helped to keep the data center footprint under control, as well. One area that often falls behind, however, is storage management. The tendency is to provision an external disk’s entire capacity to a particular application. Full provisioning techniques give you lots of room to grow, but it also puts you in a poor utilization position.

In fact, while many companies have made great strides in terms of server utilization, it’s estimated that most companies’ storage utilization is much lower, at about 35 percent. This translates to greater data center footprint, more power requirements and additional infrastructure. The best way to address this is with thin provisioning, which automates system capacity allocation to meet application demand.

There are three specific ways in which thin provisioning saves you money:

  1. By delaying the need for new storage, you can take advantage of greater amounts of storage for less money as time goes on. With the continuing decline in HDD pricing, for example, the ability to delay acquisitions magnifies the cost savings you experience.
  2. Less storage means less data center footprint. You’ll save money on power consumption, on rack space, on cooling, on infrastructure, and on all of the overhead requirements that come with additional storage.
  3. Thin provisioning reduces the administrative and storage management overhead. Fewer storage devices means less time spent in maintenance, as well as less time in the allocation of capacity.
  4. This kind of provisioning also means less downtime. When you hit an application’s capacity limits, you can simply add capacity without an interruption of service and the lost revenue that goes along with the downtime.
  5. Further opportunities for data center automation arise with thin provisioning. For example, technologies like automated storage tiering let you put your data into different buckets, and then assign those buckets to certain types of storage media. This means you can utilize older or slower storage media longer, as you simply assign it to a lower tier of data. It also means you can squeeze every drop of performance from your faster storage media and assign it to those mission-critical applications.

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