Data is the lifeforce of modern business: It accelerates revenue, fuels innovation, and enhances customer experiences that drive small and mid-size businesses forward, faster. Yet while data-driven modernization is a top priority, achieving it requires confronting a host of data storage challenges that slow you down: management complexity and silos, specialized tools, constant firefighting, complex procurement, and flat or declining IT budgets.

To truly modernize today, you need more than a faster and more powerful box. You need to break away from legacy infrastructure and elevate your storage experience with a platform that simplifies and automates everything, ensures apps are always on and always fast, and unlocks agility by delivering the cloud experience everywhere.

Sound intimidating? When your next mid-range storage refresh rolls around, here are five key strategies to successful modernization:

1. Go faster with a cloud experience everywhere

Public cloud has set the standard for agility with a cloud operational model that enables line of business (LOB) owners and developers to build and deploy new applications, services, and projects faster than ever before. Now, extending that idea further, small- and mid-sized organizations are racing to bring the benefits of the cloud operational experience to wherever their apps and data live, from edge to on-prem to colo.

Simplifying operations and moving faster with a cloud experience everywhere is critical to organizations: According to ESG, 91% of IT leaders identify mature cloud operations on-premises as the single most important step to eliminating complexity. The same survey reported that more than 4 in 5 IT leaders are under pressure to deliver more cloud experiences to end users, which is a challenge when up to 70% of enterprise apps and data remain on-prem due to data gravity, latency, application dependency, and compliance requirements.

Simplifying and automating on-prem storage with the self-service agility of a cloud operational experience changes the mid-range storage game entirely. Leveraging AIOps, a cloud-managed, on-prem mid-range storage platform makes underlying data infrastructure invisible — eliminating silos, complexity, and the burden of day-to-day storage administration while shifting operations from an infrastructure-focused to an app-focused model. Unlike traditional storage management, a cloud operational experience delivers the self-service storage provisioning agility that your LOB owners and developers need to accelerate app deployment while also freeing IT resources to work on strategic, higher-value initiatives.

2. Put storage on autopilot with an AI-managed service

A true cloud operational experience should be powered by the data-driven insights and intelligence provided by advanced AI for infrastructure. Why is that important? Because AI-powered autonomous operations ensure apps are always on and always fast — which means your organization can say goodbye to endless firefighting.

With an AI-managed service, you can predict and prevent disruptions before they occur across the stack, pinpoint issues between storage and VMs, and identify underutilized virtual resources. Your admins can rely on AI-driven recommendations to take the guesswork out of managing data infrastructure, and you eliminate time-consuming escalations through predictive support automation and direct access to experts.

3. Get optimum price performance for general-purpose workloads

As small- and mid-range organizations continue to experience flat or declining IT budgets, hybrid storage solutions have become increasingly efficient at delivering the performance companies need for their mix of primary workload, secondary backup, and disaster recovery workloads while helping to contain the cost of rapidly growing data volumes. Hybrid storage solutions balance performance and cost by storing active and frequently accessed data on flash storage while storing inactive or less important data on more affordable media.

The most advanced hybrid arrays combine flash performance with disk economics. They feature ultra-efficient architectures designed from the ground up to deliver fast, consistent performance and industry-leading data efficiency. Look for a hybrid storage solution that accelerates your apps with sub-millisecond latency, writes to cost-optimized disk at flash speeds via write serialization, and offers dynamic flash caching to speed your reads even as workloads change in real time.

Modern hybrid flash arrays can also help you increase storage efficiency while lowering costs and footprint. They do this with advanced, always-on data reduction — encompassing deduplication, compression, zero-pattern elimination, thin provisioning, and thin clones — which can deliver up to 5x the space savings without performance penalty.

4. Depend on a resilient, proven platform

Mid-size organizations increasingly rely on applications to handle everything from back-end operations to the delivery of products and services. That’s why proven availability, protecting data, and ensuring applications stay up are more important than ever before.

Advanced, AI-driven arrays eliminate the anxiety and disruption of unexpected downtime by guaranteeing resilient six-nines data availability based on real, achieved values (as opposed to theoretical projections) and measured across an entire installed base. Paired with advanced AI for infrastructure that predicts and prevents problems, your arrays should get smarter, better, and more reliable every day.

Don’t accept trade-offs between data resilience and performance. Your mid-range storage array should deliver Triple+ Parity RAID as standard, with zero performance impact. Triple+ Parity RAID can sustain three simultaneous drive failures without data loss and provides additional protection through intra-drive parity.

Ensure your recovery SLAs with fast, simple, and integrated app-aware backup and recovery — on premises and in the cloud. Natively replicate from all-flash arrays to hybrid arrays and leverage a SaaS-based backup and recovery service to simplify hybrid cloud data protection with instant restores, rapid recovery on premises and cost-effective, long-term retention in the cloud.

5. Consume as a service, on demand

Finally, you should be able to choose how to consume your mid-range storage array with either Capex or pay-per-use options. A flexible as-a-service consumption model enables you to avoid over- and under-provisioning concerns, Capex budget constraints, and complex procurement cycles.

How so? First, by easily getting the storage resources needed with workload-optimized storage tiers delivered in days. Second, by scaling on-demand and as necessary, with buffer capacity for unexpected workloads or usage demands. And third, by moving from heavy up-front costs to transparent, predictable monthly payments based on actual metered consumption — with complete visibility into your storage utilization at any time.

It’s time to rethink mid-range storage

Taken together, these five strategies point to a mid-range primary storage solution that makes it easy to focus on data-driven modernization and accelerating innovation — without having to deal with legacy storage headaches, disruptions, or high costs.

At HPE, we’re delivering exactly that: simple, reliable, and cost-efficient hybrid storage, adaptively designed for both general purpose and secondary workloads. Built from the DNA of the HPE Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash array, HPE Alletra 5000 brings the cloud experience to your on-premises storage and simplifies operations across the lifecycle, from deployment to provisioning to upgrades.

HPE Alletra 5000 speeds time to value by delivering 99% operational time savings via intent-based provisioning, which enables line of business and database admins to self-provision storage for faster app deployments. It also eliminates app disruptions and firefighting thanks to HPE InfoSight, the industry’s most advanced AIOps for infrastructure. You get absolute resiliency with guaranteed six-nines data availability, Triple+ Parity RAID, and simple hybrid cloud data protection — and optimal flash price performance for your general-purpose workloads with a unique, ultra-efficient architecture. Even better, you can consume HPE Alletra 5000 as a service via HPE GreenLake, enabling you to shift from owning and maintaining data infrastructure to simply accessing and utilizing it.

If your next storage refresh doesn’t offer capabilities like these, it’s time to rethink your mid-range storage and aim for true data-driven modernization.

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About Simon Watkins

Simon Watkins is a Worldwide Senior Product Marketing Manager with HPE Storage. The 20-year veteran of the storage industry started his career in data protection, and spent the last few years working in primary storage, most recently helping drive the transformation of the HPE Storage business from a hardware vendor to a cloud data services provider.  He holds an Executive MBA from the London Business School as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cambridge University in the UK.

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IT analyst firm GigaOm is quick to point out that primary data is the first point of impact for ransomware attacks. This fact puts primary storage in the spotlight for every CIO to see, and it highlights how important ransomware protection is in an enterprise storage solution. When GigaOm released their “GigaOm Sonar Report for Block-based Primary Storage Ransomware Protection” recently, a clear leader emerged.

GigaOm named Infinidat as the industry leader in ransomware protection for block-based storage. Infinidat is a leading provider of enterprise storage solutions. According to GigaOm’s independent analysis, Infinidat distinguishes itself for its modern, software-defined storage architecture, securing enterprise storage with a strategic, long-term approach, broad and deep functionality, and high quality of innovation.

One of the top CMOs in the tech industry, Eric Herzog, is leading the marketing charge at Infinidat and had this to say about this recognition from GigaOm:

“Infinidat has taken the benefits of ransomware protection on enterprise block storage to the next level, including guaranteed immutable snapshot recovery in one minute or less, greater ease of use, and comprehensive cyber resilience.”

“Being recognized as the industry leader for combatting ransomware not only gives us enormous forward momentum as a solution provider of cyber storage resilience and modern data protection, but it also gives Infinidat a seat at the table to talk to large enterprises and service providers about what we can do to eliminate the threat of ransomware for them,” he added.

The GigaOm Sonar Report showcases the strength of Infinidat’s novel InfiniSafe cyber resilience technology embedded across all its platforms: InfiniBox®, InfiniBox™ SSA and InfiniGuard®. The report states:

“Infinidat offers a complete and balanced ransomware protection solution. InfiniSafe brings together the key foundational requirements essential for delivering comprehensive cyber-recovery capabilities with immutable snapshots, logical air-gapped protection, a fenced forensic network, and near-instantaneous recovery of backups of any repository size.”

Infinidat has delivered the industry’s first cyber storage guarantee for recovery on primary storage – the InfiniSafe® Cyber Storage guarantee.

The company recently extended cyber resilience to its InfiniBox and InfiniBox SSA II enterprise storage platforms with the InfiniSafe Reference Architecture, allowing Infinidat to provide its immutability snapshot guarantee and the recovery time of immutable snapshots at one minute or less. InfiniSafe was announced on the InfiniGuard modern data protection and cyber storage resilience platform in February this year.

The GigaOm Sonar Report recognizes the features and functionality of Infinidat’s cyber resilience technology: “InfiniGuard delivers solid cybersecurity features at no extra cost, allowing customers to quickly and securely restore data, even at scale, in case of an attack.”

Through near instantaneous cyber recovery, Infinidat helps organizations avoid having to pay the ransom, yet still retrieve their valuable enterprise data, uncompromised and intact. Think about how significant this really is, given how much of a threat ransomware is.

When ransomware takes data hostage, it can destroy backup copies of data, steal credentials, leak stolen information, and worse. It has caused businesses of all sizes to shut down operations overnight, so it is not unusual for a company to pay a large sum of money to restore their business. Infinidat’s solutions can put a stop to it.

It is an honor that GigaOm has recognized the technology leadership. The analyst community has been spot-on about how enterprises and service providers should strategize to not just take “baby steps” but actually take a quantum leap forward to address these cyberattacks.

In addition, GigaOm recognized Infinidat as a “Fast Mover,” one of only two vendors awarded that accolade. “Fast Movers” are expected to deliver on their solutions and technologies faster and with more features/functionality than other vendors known as “Forward Movers.” Infinidat has been rapidly delivering new technology, several guarantees, and new capabilities over the past 18 months, including the extension of new features and functions to InfiniSafe.

Max Mortillaro, Analyst at GigaOm, shared his perspective: “Primary data is the first point of impact for ransomware attacks, so it is critical for organizations to implement primary storage solutions that incorporate ransomware protection, such as Infinidat’s cyber resilience solutions.”

He went on to say, “Our new GigaOm Sonar Report on ransomware protection for block storage comes at a time when ransomware attacks have become so prevalent and such a persistent threat for all organizations across all industries. We have seen through our analysis how ransomware can cause significant damage to companies and government agencies.”

The time is right for Infinidat to step forward as a recognized industry leader for ransomware protection.

To download the full analyst report, click here.

To read more about Infinidat’s cyber resilience solutions, click here.

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Digitization has transformed traditional companies into data-centric operations with core business applications and systems requiring 100% availability and zero downtime. One company that needs to keep data on a tight leash is Petco, which is a market leader in pet care and wellness products. Most of Petco’s core business systems run on four InfiniBox® storage systems in multiple data centers.

The company’s selection of Infinidat was much more intensive than just throwing bird seed to the wind. For the evolution of its enterprise storage infrastructure, Petco had stringent requirements to significantly improve speed, performance, reliability, and cost efficiency. Infinidat rose to the challenge.

The deployment of Infinidat’s storage platforms into Petco’s data centers has enabled better pet-parent experiences, providing the company with a competitive advantage. On top of that, the ease of implementation and management of the Infinidat platform defined the customer experience, as perfect and fitting as a fish in water. Infinidat beat out the competition.

The results speak for themselves. By deploying Infinidat’s award-winning storage technology, Petco obtained 100% availability with zero downtime, as well as high reliability and scalability. The Infinidat solution also enabled the company to substantially lower their CAPEX and OPEX. Petco caught the vision of what Infinidat could do for their company and they ran with it. (To read the full case study, click here.)

Likewise, another company that values the competitive edge that Infinidat’s storage solutions delivers is Salem Five Bank, a full-service financial services corporation. This bank needed to upgrade its enterprise storage infrastructure as part of a major upgrade of online banking applications with a third-party provider. They wanted to improve operational efficiency (i.e. virtualized systems, databases, business workloads, etc) and only pay for storage as needed.

Salem Five ended up banking on Infinidat for its storage because InfiniBox is an extremely reliable platform that self-optimizes performance. Infinidat provided unmatched performance, availability, flexibility and lower total cost of ownership that the bank needed to maintain their edge in the marketplace. They were a marked improvement over the previous, legacy storage technologies that the bank had been using.

The bank secured 100% availability with zero downtime, along with frictionless scalability. Furthermore, Infinidat provided Salem Five with a cloud-like flexible consumption model. While Salem Five’s personal touch uncomplicates banking for consumers, Infinidat simplified storage for the bank while improving performance, reliability, and cost savings, as well as providing white glove personalized service. (To read the full case study, click here.)

Banks aren’t the only ones that invest in Infinidat. Insurance companies also see Infinidat as a storage vendor of choice. One that has spoken out publicly, like Salem Five, is Clientèle Life Insurance, a well-respected insurance company in South Africa. This company wanted to ensure competitive advantage with consistent uptime and fast data access. They wanted a storage solution with a three-tier architecture that delivers high availability, high performance, top-notch replication capabilities, support for virtualized environments, and flexibility to scale at short notice.

Clientèle Life Insurance reduced risk by choosing Infinidat as its storage solution provider. Two InfiniBox systems for synchronous replication between the insurance company’s production and disaster recovery data centers are in operation. The ROI has been generated through cost savings, enabling them to do more with fewer resources.

Infinidat’s cloud-like flexible consumption models optimize budget for the customer. The cost efficiencies are coupled with a 40% performance improvement, supported by proactive system monitoring. Ultimately, Clientèle Life is able to deliver a better customer experience through consistent uptime and speedy access to information. (To read the full case study, click here.)

Another customer, which has combined craftmanship and digital innovation, is ECMD, a provider of building materials for carpenters, contractors, and remodelers, among others. This organization wanted to upgrade the storage infrastructure at an affordable cost.

ECMD chose to deploy InfiniBox systems in two data centers, supporting key applications on VMware with 8 ESX hosts running approximately 120 virtual machines. They also put into place low-latency asynchronous replication to protect the company during a crisis. Plus, ECMD only pays for the storage capacity it needs.

The impact has been as sharp as the work of a fine craftsman on a workbench. ECMD now has missing-critical storage that is easily managed, highly scalable, and extremely cost-effective. The company can comfortably have a set-it-and-forget-it mentality. ECMD also benefits from the ability to quickly restore major services if anything interferes with operations. Moreover, they obtained the significant cost savings they desired, while improving reliability and performance. (To read the full case study, click here.)

Contship Italia Group, the Italian leader in container terminal logistics and intermodal solutions, also needed to upgrade critical enterprise storage for VMware. They saw it as an opportunity to reduce the complexity of the storage infrastructure. They needed a more autonomous, easier-to-use solution.

Contship selected Infinidat because of the ease of management with a set-it-and-forget-it approach. The fact that the InfiniBox Active-Active replication and VMware’s Storage Cluster (VMSC) are fully integrated was also highly attractive. It meant seamless VMware-Infinidat integration. The simplified migration to Infinidat’s platform exceeded expectations.

The move freed up resources for other value-added activities. Contship was able to achieve 40% cost savings with Infinidat. At the same time, the company gained higher performance and lower latency in its storage and added the autonomous automation that it wanted. Infinidat’s system now provides 100% application and data availability for Contship Italia’s virtualized environments. (To read the full case study, click here.)

These multiple customers that have adopted Infinidat’s state-of-the-art, enterprise storage solutions are just a few examples of our company’s expanding installed base. More than 25% of the Fortune 50 are now Infinidat customers, leveraging the company’s unique value proposition for large enterprises to provide InfiniBox and InfiniGuard® as their primary storage, modern data protection, disaster recovery and business continuity, and cyber resilience solutions.

For more information, go to: www.infinidat.com

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C-level executives are most interested in strategic assets and initiatives that will advance, transform, and grow their enterprises. They continually want to make “cost centers” more efficient and more cost-effective, while investing in what will accelerate, empower, and protect the business operations and its customer base.

Because data and digital technology have become so integral into any enterprise’s lifeblood, senior leadership teams must differentiate between the strategic aspects of IT and the tactical parts of IT cost centers. Storage has emerged in 2022 as a strategic asset that the C-suite, not just the CIO, can no longer overlook.

Enterprise storage can be used to improve your company’s cybersecurity, accelerate digital transformation, and reduce costs, while improving application and workload service levels. That’s going to get attention in the board room. Here’s how to equip yourself for that discussion with C-level executives. The following are three practical ways to make enterprise storage a strategic asset for your organization.

1. Make storage part of the corporate cybersecurity strategy

According to a Fortune 500 survey, 66% of Fortune 500 CEOs said their No. 1 concern in the next three years is cybersecurity. Similarly, in a KPMG CEO survey, CEOs also said cybersecurity is a top priority. The average number of days to identify and contain a data breach, according to security analysts, is 287 days. Given these facts, changing the paradigm from an overall corporate security perspective is needed.

Too many enterprises are not truly equipped and prepared to deal with it. Nonetheless, companies need to ensure that valuable corporate data is always available. This has created an urgent need for enterprises to modernize data protection and cyber resilient capabilities. The answer that CEOs, CIOs, CISOs and their IT teams need to take is an end-to-end approach to stay ahead of cybersecurity threats.

You need to think of your enterprise storage as part of your holistic corporate security strategy. This means that every possession in a company’s storage estate needs to be cyber resilient, designed to thwart ransomware, malware, internal cyber threats, and other potential attacks. Cybersecurity must go hand-in-hand with storage cyber resilience.

It’s prudent to evaluate the relationship across cybersecurity, storage, and cyber resilience. Both primary storage and secondary storage need to be protected, ranging from air gapping to real-time data encryption to immutable copies of your data to instantaneous recovery. 

What should you do? Perform a comprehensive analysis of your corporate data, determine what data needs to be encrypted and infused with cyber resilience and what doesn’t, and figure out how the protection needs to keep your company in compliance. You also need to decide what to do for modern data protection and you need to figure out what to do from a replication/snapshot perspective for disaster recovery and business continuity.

2. Use a hybrid cloud strategy to accelerate digital transformation

More than 75% of CIOs identified digital transformation as their top budget priority of the last year, according to Constellation Research. Companies are leveraging digital capabilities to better serve their customers, accelerate new products and services to market, and scale their operations. The growth and importance of data continue to proliferate exponentially.

The role of hybrid cloud infrastructure – part of your data on-premise – as the key enabler of this megatrend is at the forefront. A core value of cloud services is the support for digital transformation. Digital transformation is enabled and powered by hybrid cloud computing, offering increased flexibility, rapid application development and deployment, and consumption-based economics. This is essential to competing and remaining relevant in today’s world of data-driven business.

Data is the lifeblood of all modern enterprises. How to collect, manage, store, access, and use the data determines the level of success that a company will have. Enterprises can either innovate their data, or be strangled by the data, or even be held hostage for the data. This is why you need the strategy and the infrastructure to drive the future of data for your business.

As businesses evolve themselves digitally, a hybrid cloud strategy orchestrates all the different aspects of it in a mixed computing, storage, and services environment, comprised of on-premises infrastructure, private cloud services, and a public cloud such as AWS. Just in the last 18 months, advancements have been made for “on ramps” between private cloud and the public cloud. This hybrid cloud infrastructure becomes the cornerstone for an organization’s ability to be agile and accelerate business transformation.

3. Reduce IT costs

It can be challenging to identify areas in IT to reduce costs, while maintaining the level of service or capacity. But here’s a practical tip that can be a quick win for an enterprise: CIOs, CISOs and their IT teams can lower IT costs by consolidating storage arrays.

Because of the advancements in storage-defined storage technology, an enterprise can replace 50 arrays with two arrays, while still getting all the capacity, performance, availability, and reliability that are needed. This strategic consolidation saves on operational manpower, rack space, floor space, power expense, and cooling expense. In short, dramatically reducing your CAPEX and OPEX.

You can consolidate storage while, simultaneously, improving access to data across a hybrid cloud and a container-native environment for greater resilience, lower application and workload latency, and higher availability. For today’s enterprise requirements, 100% availability is a must.  

A hybrid cloud approach with a strong private cloud configuration creates the opportunity to consolidate storage arrays for maximum efficiency. Furthermore, with a private cloud, you have better, more exact control over cost structure and service level agreements (SLAs). Essentially, this strategy enables you to match an SLA, such as application performance and availability, with a higher level of control. 

Switching to consumption-based pricing models for storage is another way to reduce costs. Organizations can choose to flex up or flex down based on fluctuating needs for storage, utilizing storage-as-a-service. The worldwide analyst firm Gartner predicts: “by 2023, 43% of newly deployed storage capacity will be consumed as OPEX, up from less than 15% in 2020.”

Alternatively, companies can choose capacity on demand and seek out elastic pricing. All of these options have made storage more cost-effective. There are options across OPEX and CAPEX. You can even get a mix of OPEX and CAPEX to realize those cost savings.

Key takeaways

Think of your storage as part of your holistic enterprise security strategyA hybrid cloud infrastructure should be the cornerstone for your organization’s ability to be agile and accelerate business transformation.Strategic consolidation of storage arrays reduces CAPEX and OPEX.

To learn more about enterprise storage solutions, visit Infinidat

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Being on the forefront of enterprise storage in the Fortune 500 market, Infinidat has broad visibility across the market trends that are driving changes CIOs cannot ignore. To help make it quick and easy for IT leaders to get a reliable snapshot of the enterprise storage trends, we put together this “trends update” for the second half of 2022.

In less than five minutes, you can take hold of useful and relevant information that will help you make more insights-driven decisions over the next six months. The following five trends can be summed up in eight words: cyber resilience, automation, hybrid cloud, performance, availability, and consolidation. 

Trend #1: Critical nature of data and cyber resilience in the face of increasing cyberattacks

We predicted at the start of 2022 that cyber resilience from the storage estate would be critical this year because of the threats of cyberattacks. The 2022 KPMG Fraud Outlook report “A Triple Threat Across the Americas” affirmed the increasing challenges; 77% of respondents to the KPMG survey say their cyber risk will grow over the next year. Out of the respondents from companies with at least $10 billion in revenue, 85% say they experienced fraud losses in the last year, driven by cyber breaches. 

Check Point Research reported recently that it found 50% more cyberattack attempts per week on corporate networks globally in 2021 compared with 2020. Cybercrime cost U.S. businesses more than $6.9 billion in 2021, and only 43% of businesses feel financially prepared to face a cyberattack in 2022.

Furthermore, supply chain vulnerability has become a bigger issue in 2022. Indeed, 82% of CIOs believe their software supply chains are vulnerable. Software supply chain attacks have hit three out of five companies in the past year. The shift to DevOps and cloud native development have made security more complex. This is a multi-faceted trend to keep front and center.

Enterprise storage cyber resilience continues to need to be part of your corporate cybersecurity strategy.

Trend #2: Incorporating intelligent automation throughout the entire storage platform and modern data protection infrastructure

We have not been surprised to see the adoption of automation in the enterprise market, but what has made our prediction more relevant is the increasing demand for not only automation but specifically for autonomous automation.

The evidence that enterprises want the “autonomous” component to be built into storage platforms underscores what we forecasted for 2022. Enterprises want to autonomously automate their platforms for the variety of benefits they will obtain, including easier management, substantially more efficient use of IT resources, lower CAPEX and OPEX, sustainability, and self-learning capabilities for continuous improvement. 

Trend #3: Integration of storage technologies based on hybrid cloud and container tech

Storage-as-a-service (STaaS) is emerging in 2022 in a new light. The flexibility that enterprises and service providers have with STaaS is only increasing. IT leaders are turning to STaaS for a multitude of reasons, one of which is to take costs and convert them to a cloud-like consumption model, lowering CAPEX and OPEX and freeing up IT resources to work on other projects.

Integral to meeting customer demand amid this trend, Infinidat was named by DCIG, a leading IT and storage analyst firm, one of 2022’s top 5 Enterprise STaaS solution providers in the world.

Trend #4: Leveraging storage technology to ensure application and workload performance and availability

We predicted at the beginning of 2022 that there would be an enhanced focus on application latency of sub-100 microseconds. While there is a variety of storage performance metrics to consider, latency is the most critical determinant of your real-world transactional application and workload performance. We need to adjust this prediction because a new benchmark for latency was set in April 2022: sub-35 microsecond latency.

This is groundbreaking and has caused a recasting of this trend, as the new InfiniBox™ SSA II delivers lower latency than any other comparable enterprise storage platform in the industry at an unprecedented 35 microseconds of latency. This enhancement allows customers to not only have optimal application and workload performance, but also allows for substantial storage consolidation which reduces data center CAPEX and OPEX.

The impact of lower latency in the enterprise storage infrastructure is dramatically transforming storage performance, increasing efficiency, and reducing total cost of ownership (TCO).

Trend #5: The power of storage consolidation

We have gathered information over the past six months to warrant our introducing a trend for the second half of the year that we had not included on our list in January: enterprise storage consolidation.

Part of the reason that consolidation makes it on our mid-year trends update is not only because enterprises can significantly reduce their costs (which they have been with Infinidat for several years), but also because storage consolidation has emerged as a first pass for enterprises to turn their IT environment into AIOps-based data centers.

Storage consolidation essentially paves the way, giving enterprises the opportunity to evolve their platform strategy and reduce the physical assets in their storage estates.

Consolidation also simplifies the work of storage administrators, cybersecurity managers, and other IT personnel. Having 50 storage arrays translates into more complexity than five InfiniBox® systems. You’re able to take a set-it-an-forget-it approach, and then focus more on how to leverage AIOps for your benefit.

At the same time, consolidation of storage arrays delivers savings, including power, cooling, rack space, security, floor space, and operational manpower. It fits perfectly into environmentally friendly “green IT” strategies to meet organizational sustainability goals, which are increasingly part of over-arching enterprise digital transformations.

To download a PDF of these market trends for your quick and easy reference, click here.

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