The constant development towards data-centric business models has boosted the growth of mainframe platforms that run mission-critical workloads and require an exploding demand for storage.
Although the storage hardware and software infrastructure didn’t change much over the past years, the performance and reliability expectations from these systems changed dramatically. Due to the booming pace of technological advancement, IT departments are required to upgrade storage technology at higher frequency than ever. Digital content, disaster recovery, data management, and retaining information for compliance purposes create an exponential need for high availability to ensure that they meet the evolving market needs.
While in past years the main reason for refreshing storage was the lack of capacity, today the main reason is return on performance. Along the demand to reduce the cost of storage infrastructure, there is a strong demand for improved performance and data safety. Refreshing storage is no longer about adding storage. Today, the challenge is to meet the high performance demands using faster, more scalable and cheaper storage media.