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IIIS 2013: From the Business Perspectives

Caroline Ng | June 28, 2013
The Business Technology Stream of IIIS 2013 kicked off with the topic, "Storage Optimisation—Managing Data Growth and Operational Efficiency," moderated by Simon Piff, associate vice president of enterprise infrastructure of IDC Asia/Pacific.

The discussion was rounded up with the future of BYOD and the potential evolution to BYOE (Bring Your Own Environment). Raymond remains optimistic that technology will make BYOE possible.

"Why should a company necessarily pay good money to provide a place of work for an employee who already has one? Why not just make it possible for them to use their preferred environment within the management structure of the organisation," he stated.

Critical hot data
The next presenter was Harmeet Malhotra, director marketing, enterprise storage and networking solutions, Dell Asia Pacific and Japan, who shared with the audience some findings from IDC and Gartner on the data boom in the next decade and the increasing costs to manage it.

IDC has estimated the growth of managed data to increase 50 folds in the next decade while Gartner has predicted an average of 3 percent increase in IT spend. "There is more data generated in the last two years than in the history of mankind," he illustrated.

Harmeet Malhotra
Photo: Harmeet Malhotra

This explosion of data has challenged organisations in several aspects, in particular, in the identification of hot data. "Hot data is growing at a strategic pace that is very important for our customers," he said. "In fact, it is the definition of the hot data that has forced our customers to buy some of the really expensive solutions and that is definitely justified."

In order to better manage the data boom while limiting costs, Malhotra suggested thin provisioning as a cost-effective solution. Specifically, he referred to the concept of storage tiering since solid hard drives are very costly at the moment.

"What I'm saying is rather than buying a 100GB of SSD on your laptop, buy a 5GB SSD, I can only give you some secret source that ensure that everything that happens that make your data goes up and down is on the 5GB," he said.

Thin-provisioning in storage
The last presenter, Gavin Cohen, director of marketing, Nimble Storage Asia Pacific offered solutions to the challenges customers often face in building highly scalable architectures.

Following the thin-provisioning topic that was discussed earlier on, Cohen observed in dismay that it is under-utilised due to the stigma of a potential space shortage. He opined that many organisations are fearful that space constraints would handicap their ability to effectively run applications.

Gavin Cohen
Photo: Gavin Cohen

In a bid to dispel the misconception, Cohen clarified that thin provisioning can be safely implemented to avoid waste—a method that is pride as a default way for Nimble. In fact, this is where space reduction technologies like compression and deduplication come into play, he explained. However, as such compression technologies are rarely used, it remains as a challenge to optimise storage.


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