Storage Assessment

A storage assessment is a process of evaluating an organization’s data storage infrastructure to gain insights into its performance, capacity, efficiency, and overall effectiveness. The goal of a storage assessment is typically to identify any bottlenecks, inefficiencies, or areas for improvement in the storage environment.

Whether delivered by a service provider or the storage vendor, traditional storage assessments have focused on:

  • Storage Performance: The assessment examines the performance of the storage infrastructure, including storage arrays, network connectivity, and storage protocols. It measures factors such as IOPS (Input/Output Operations Per Second), latency, throughput, and response times to identify any performance limitations or areas for optimization.
  • Capacity Planning: The assessment analyzes the current storage capacity utilization and predicts future storage requirements based on data growth trends and business needs. It helps identify potential capacity constraints and ensures adequate storage resources are available to meet future demands.
  • Storage Efficiency: The assessment evaluates the efficiency of storage utilization and identifies opportunities for optimization. This may include analyzing data deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, and other techniques to reduce storage footprint and improve storage efficiency.
  • Data Protection and Disaster Recovery: The assessment reviews the data protection and disaster recovery strategies in place, including backup and recovery processes, replication, snapshots, and data redundancy. It ensures that appropriate data protection measures are in place to minimize the risk of data loss and to achieve desired recovery objectives.
  • Storage Management and Monitoring: The assessment examines the storage management practices, including storage provisioning, data lifecycle management, storage tiering, and data classification. It assesses the effectiveness of storage management tools and processes and identifies areas for improvement.
  • Storage Security: The assessment assesses the security measures implemented within the storage infrastructure, including access controls, encryption, data privacy, and compliance with industry standards and regulations. It helps ensure the security of sensitive data stored in the infrastructure.
  • Cost Optimization: The assessment examines the data storage costs and identifies opportunities for cost optimization. This may include evaluating storage utilization, identifying unused or underutilized storage resources, and recommending strategies to optimize storage spending.

cloud-free-assessBased on the findings of the storage assessment, organizations can develop a roadmap for improving their storage infrastructure, addressing performance bottlenecks, enhancing data protection, optimizing storage efficiency, and aligning storage resources with business requirements. This helps ensure a robust and well-managed data storage environment that supports the organization’s data storage and unstructured management needs effectively.

Analyzing Data Silos Across Vendors: Hybrid Cloud Storage Assessments

Komprise Intelligent Data Management is an unstructured data management solution that helps organizations gain visibility, control, and cost optimization over their file and object data across on-premises and cloud storage environments. It offers a range of features and capabilities to simplify data management processes and improve storage efficiency. Komprise is used by customers and partners to deliver a data-centric, storage agnostic assessment of unstructured data growth and potential data storage cost savings. It helps organizations optimize storage resources, reduce costs, and improve data management efficiency based on real-time analysis of data usage patterns.

Common Komprise Use Cases

In addition to storage assessments, common use cases for Komprise include:

Komprise-Analysis-blog-SOCIAL-1-1Data Visibility and Analytics: Komprise Analysis provides comprehensive visibility into data usage, access patterns, and storage costs across heterogeneous storage systems. It offers detailed analytics and reporting, allowing organizations to understand their data landscape and make informed decisions.

Transparent File Archiving: Komprise identifies and archives infrequently accessed data to lower-cost storage tiers without disrupting user access thanks to patented Transparent Move Technology (TMT). It provides a transparent file system view, allowing users to access archived files seamlessly and retrieve them on-demand when needed. It identifies cold or inactive data and migrates it to more cost-effective storage, without disrupting user access or requiring changes to existing applications or file systems.

Cloud Data Management: Komprise extends its data management capabilities to cloud storage environments, including major cloud providers such as Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, and Google Cloud Storage. It enables organizations to manage data across hybrid and multi-cloud environments with consistent policies and visibility.

Data Migration: Komprise Elastic Data Migration is a SaaS solution available with the Komprise Intelligent Data Management platform or standalone. Designed to be fast, easy and reliable with elastic scale-out parallelism and an analytics-driven
approach, it is the market leader in file and object data migrations, routinely migrating petabytes of data (SMB,
NFS, Dual) for customers in many complex scenarios. Komprise Elastic Data Migration ensures data integrity is fully
preserved by propagating access control and maintaining file-level data integrity checks such as SHA-1 and MD5
checks with audit logging. As outlined in the white paper How To Accelerate NAS and Cloud Data Migrations, Komprise Elastic Data Migration is a highly parallelized, multi-processing, multi-threaded approach that improves performance at many levels. And with Hypertransfer, Komprise Elastic Data Migration is 27x faster than other migration tools.

Data Lifecycle Management: Komprise helps organizations automate the movement and placement of data based on data management policies. It enables the seamless transition of data between storage tiers, such as high-performance storage and lower-cost archival storage, to optimize performance and reduce storage costs.

Komprise Intelligent Data Management helps organizations optimize their storage infrastructure, reduce storage costs, improve data management efficiency, and gain better control and insights into their unstructured data. It simplifies complex data management processes and empowers organizations to make informed decisions about their data storage and utilization.

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