A Greek Philosopher by the name of Heraclitus was quoted as saying “change is the only constant in life.” And he wrote that in 500 B.C. I wonder what he would say today about the constant change brought about by technology.
Many companies choose to replace their IT Infrastructure such as server, storage and network devices only when they die. The rationale behind this is that it saves them money by using those equipment for as long as possible. What they aren’t realizing is how much money and productivity is lost in running antiquated systems, and how much time is lost when troubleshooting downed systems. Creation of a hardware refresh cycle can curb many of these issues and provide other benefits at the same time.
Benefits of Refresh Creating Technology Refresh Cycle
- Support for new hardware and firmware (for example, newer faster drives, improved CPU and memory)
- Support for new virtualization functions
- Performance improvements
- New function enablement
Storage refresh is the general process of evaluating the direction of its data storage infrastructure and weigh the costs and benefits of trying something new. It’s a good time to look at the current IT environment and research what other options are available that may better suit the needs of your business and increase your efficiency.
We have had many opportunities to speak with business leaders and department IT, we have come up with some common questions about the business and what they ask themselves before deciding if the time is right to refresh their data centers and storage. Let’s look at some of them and see why it is important and what we will need to decide on to make it the best move possible.
Businesses must create a refresh cycles for replacing aging equipment such as server, storage and networking devices typically at five to seven years mark (around the expected life of the machine) to save headaches.
WUC Technologies can help plan and execute replacements of your data center hardware – We can help you budget and plan every cycle saving you on replacement costs instead of paying for upkeep on the old devices. The replacement costs would include: the hardware, the installation, accessories, software, licenses, and disposal of the old gear. We will reduce the time lost by an employee when their old machine is running slow or stopping work altogether when it’s down. By implementing a technology refreshment plan that is designed to give you new technology when the lifespan of your old technology is up, you’re going to maintain high productivity from your workforce by avoiding downtime from slow devices, and you’ll also have a better handle on your technology finances by reducing unwanted emergency technology fixes on out-of-date machines.
One of the services we offer at WUC Technologies is to help customize and implement your business technology refresh plan. Each company technology need is different, and because of that we will asses where you are today and build you a roadmap to get you where you want to be tomorrow.
1. Why do we need a Storage Refresh?
Storage refresh is a necessary exercise every IT department goes through every few years. Some IT components last longer than others. Servers, for instance, tend to have a shorter lifespan because of Moore’s law… the number of transistors on a microchip doubles every two years due to their data they hold and maintain throughout their lifecycle, while network switch lifespans are a bit longer. At some point IT components become outdated and can’t keep up with the market anymore and therefore need to be updated and refreshed by the professional gurus at WUC Technologies. The bottom line is that if we let our infrastructure bog us down and (the lose its systems and components, then we will lose valuable resources and let’s remember that nothing lasts forever.
2. What are the warning signs that a Storage refresh is necessary?
A common and simple indicator that a storage refresh needs to happen is when it is noticed that the system performance ((This can probably be rephrased – when you notice performance degradation) in the company is not(hardware failure rate has increased) stable anymore and not up to par with the needs of the business. This causes employees to be more frustrated and it is obvious that the current solution is simply not meeting the needs of the business is when you can see the warning signs. As your storage hardware become older you will start to notice a decrease in performance and more importantly an increase in failure rate within the departments.
3. Can consolidating my refresh cycles save time?
Traditional storage refreshes can be very time-consuming because there are so many vendors to deal with, new technology for the team to be trained on, and a slew of components that have to be brought into sync with one another. Consolidating to an integrated technology approach means only one vendor to deal with and only one new system to learn; therefore, less time is spent refreshing.
4. How can I cut costs during a Storage refresh?
The cost of a storage refresh depends on a few factors: How long will it take for the refresh and how many IT components are being refreshed. By bundling up a platform into one system that can be refreshed when it is timed will cut costs and save time later down the road.
5. How can you simplify your IT infrastructure during a Storage Refresh?
As a way to simplify the process of storage refresh, many businesses are investing in hyperconverged solutions. Hyperconverged infrastructure offers businesses a datacenter-in-a-box option that can eliminate much of the time-consuming and complex aspects of storage refresh. All of this consolidates the functions of the IT infrastructure stack – like servers, storage, network switching, WAN optimization, and inline deduplication – into a single solution that is managed by a single administrator. This means that you do not only reduce operational expenses, but you also have only one vendor to deal with. Also, the repeat cycle is broken, and you will not have to deal with that anymore as everything will be consolidated into one system for refresh.
Most data centers organizations have periodic storage refresh refreshers and they are a way a life. Many times, the storage vendor that creates and builds them causes the refresh by pricing out the year maintenance renewals to the point that it is more cost effective to go out and buy a new system and not have to deal with the old one. There are other times when the storage system reaches its capacity and cannot keep up with the current workloads data and the performance (performance issues on storage generally causes slowness in application response time) bogs down on it causing it to be very slow. This is where WUC Technologies comes into play and can help you manage these risk avoiding data losses and prevent application outage from ignoring the storage refresh.
As a leader in hyperconverged infrastructure, WUC can get your business on the path to simplicity and efficiency.
WUC’s portfolio of hyperconverged solutions allow customers to deploy VMs at cloud speeds, simplify their IT operations and reduce costs—all with an upgrade path to composability. That means that the time, energy, and money you’ve invested in a tech refresh won’t go to waste if you decide to move on to a composable infrastructure in the future.
Change can be tough, but it’s a necessary part of life and business. Although support for a storage refresh can be hard to garner, understanding what factors are most important can help make the process easier. As hyperconverged infrastructure continues to gain momentum, the case for a storage refresh will become even simpler to make.