EDS OVERCOME DATA GROWTH PAINS WITH STORAGE VIRTUALISATION
EDS CTO Asia, Rene Aerdts, said while virtualisation was a hot topic there is an emerging awareness of its limitations.
"We've started to realise some of the dos and don'ts of virtualisation," he said. "Some systems are very good candidates and very much the no-brainers of what we should do first. And there are some candidates that we should avoid at all costs."
Some of those areas to avoid include CPU-intensive and memory guzzling applications. However, Aerdts was positive the technology would improve and stated there are advantages to be leveraged today, particularly for those companies looking to accommodate a large growth in data.
"When we think about virtualisation it is usually in the server space and storage space," Aerdts said. "That is what we call one of the low hanging fruits. That is something that is pretty easy to do and some of the technologies are pretty mature.
"From a storage perspective with some companies growing between 75 and 100 per cent in storage per year, storage virtualisation is almost becoming a must these days. We just cannot hire enough people to manage the storage pool ourselves so we need to move towards technologies such as virtualisation to virtualise larger pools of storage."
This is particularly the case for large organisations that face increased regulatory requirements to store data online for quick access.
"What we're seeing in general across the globe is regulatory requirements in industries is driving the retention of data and maintaining the data in some kind of online fashion," Aerdts said.
But while virtual storage was one solution, Aerdts advised channel partners to ensure they thoroughly evaluated the business needs and storage infrastructure of their clients to obtain the greatest benefit.
"We need to look at what they want to do and what the biggest bang for the buck is," he said. "All of these technologies require some training from a skill set perspective and we need to address some money to get to the virtualisation space. So we need to leverage as much as possible."
Aerdts claimed storage virtualisation is seen a lot in finance, healthcare and telecommunications, although other verticals are also getting in on the act.
"I think those are the three major areas that we see gigantic movements from a storage perspective at the moment. But we see it happening across all different industries," he said. "Telecommunications is a great example because of the large amounts of data being retained."