Gain insight into your end-to-end storage infrastructure. Answer questions that previously required extensive manual attention. The IngensData analysis, audit and blueprint service creates a visualization of the size and complexity of your current environment.
The solution can be offered as a point-in-time inventory verification or as an ongoing assessment for optimization with detailed audit reports. These reports produce both high-level views for senior management as well as detailed views (from server to spindle) for storage administrators. We thus provide an in depth audit for the entire storage infrastructure. Understanding the anatomy of your storage and the servers dramatically reduces both the costs and risks involved in budget justification and for planning upcoming projects.
Key Capabilities Our discovery scripts support multiple vendors and model versions and we summarize the information in an easily digestible and actionable format that is tailored to your needs. During the IngensData Blueprint process, IngensData’s Professional Services teams share with your IT group this holistic view of your storage and server infrastructure and propose short and long-term strategic objectives while comparing alternative configurations.
IngensData assesses your environment with an understanding of your business requirements and industry standards, and then provides future state recommendations to your target configuration when planning a project. The core of the service is to deliver detailed end-to-end reports generated from the equipment installed in your environment and this comprises the main deliverable of the blueprint service.
In complex and dynamic storage environments, it becomes very difficult to ensure established policies and best practices for compliance against internal configurations and vendor interoperability matrices. The existing manual process and relying on personnel knowledge can be cumbersome, ineffective and risky.
A remediation solution that automates the process of auditing your storage infrastructure configuration against industry, vendor and internally defined configuration standards is required to mitigate risk and to reduce both short and long term costs of your migration. The IngensData Compliance & Remediation Solution provides insight into configuration compliance issues to enable you to overcome obstacles and ensure server supportability and functionality. In addition, this reduces outages and enables you to make decisions with confidence as your data and storage environments evolve.
IngensData remediation service automates gathering and reviewing compliance information, by leveraging proprietary tools to discover and provide a trusted audit and configuration validation against best practices and standards. This service helps to drastically reduce time intensive and error prone manual tasks. The end result is a set of reports that identify storage elements requiring upgrade or configuration changes. This report provides a blueprint for you to follow, prior to making changes in your environment, thus avoiding potential liability during activities such as consolidations or migrations.
As data volumes grow at higher velocities in different varieties, organizations have increasing difficulties managing their data protection infrastructure. Backups are generating multiple versions of the same data, driving up the cost of media. Backup windows are expanding and extending, leading to challenges in backing up full volumes of changing data. Tape media is slow to restore and retrieval can be time consuming and expensive. As organizations scale their backup solutions, they experience high media management costs and poor end-to-end data restoration times.
IngensData can help your organization consolidate backup and archive data onto one easy-to-manage platform that provides the data protection your business needs. We can help migrate your backup system to one with de-duplication and compression, reducing the amount of disk storage you need for backup data by an average of 10–30 times, making disk a cost-effective alternative to tape backup. You benefit from better data protection because you’ll complete more backups within limited windows.
In addition, data recovery is quicker because you can keep disk backups online and on-site for longer periods and disaster recovery costs can also be reduced, since de-duplication reduces the amount of data needed to be replicated, allowing IT departments to use their existing network to replicate data to their DR site.
IngensData has experience in analyzing and managing data backup solutions, and has deployed both more efficient dedicated hardware as well as emerging software-based solutions, designed to run on low-cost commodity hardware. These deployments have resulted in operational simplification, higher service levels and reduced IT costs.
Although the cost of storage space is decreasing, the cost and business impact of managing storage are rising. Data migration and consolidation projects are time-consuming, expensive, and error prone.
Many enterprises are considering a migration to highly consolidated platforms or the private cloud. While migrations are complex and manually intensive endeavors that demand manpower and careful planning, they are essential to organizations for a number of reasons:
- To transition to next-gen hardware or new technologies, such as virtualized storage.
- To take advantage of an infrastructure as a service model. - to free up floor space in crowded data centers
- To absorb an acquired company’s servers into a pre-existing or new infrastructure.
Regardless of the reason, data migration is a massive undertaking, and it is a regular and distressing part of IT life for any enterprise-class organization. As the amount of vital data grows exponentially, companies need to enhance their storage infrastructure in ways that ensure business continuity and swift disaster recovery.
But the greatest challenge lies in performing data migration and consolidation while concurrently ensuring that the organization maintains optimal productivity levels — an operation that requires a deep understanding of the current environment, the efficient capturing of complex system dependencies, and precision execution from start to finish. IngensData offers a data migration and consolidation solution that simplifies the entire process of data migration and consolidation. It offers an end-to-end solution that is completely customizable to any organization’s SAN environment. Using innovative software tools IngensData Migration Service provides:
- Automated pre-migration storage and data discovery
- Analysis of discovery results and the creation of a storage migration blueprint before the migration
- An audit of the environment to ensure that source and target layouts are in compliance with customer-based or industry-based best practices
- Creating work files for each of the processes to execute on the migration
- Activating your company’s selected data movers; and generating cleanup files to optimize space in the source and target environments. The end result is that IngensData allows organizations to migrate significantly large amounts of storage and servers during each migration window, dramatically cutting migration times and costs.
MIGRATION TO CLOUD
Cloud storage solutions are a key factor in driving cost expectations down in the industry. However, the deployment of cloud storage services are fraught with issues that threaten an organizations compliance, security and IT service level guarantees that they need to provide to their internal customers.
Both public and private cloud solutions can bring value to existing on-premises storage environments by leveraging its architectural advantages, with software designed for versioning, metadata, and auto-replication, and a namespace that makes large amounts of data and servers look like a single system. It can also provides geo-diversity, mitigating risks associated with storing all data in a single location and is deployed on a scale that can result in compelling lower costs. Many cloud storage providers are new and unencumbered by legacy infrastructure, since their environments are often deliberately built for cloud operations.
However, there are also some general disadvantages. There is the question of what the exit strategy will be to migrate data away from a cloud storage provider. Storing data off site brings up security concerns and the need for security audits of technology and processes as well as provisions for sharing access logs. And then there are operational concerns: what is the level of customer involvement in quality assurance (QA) processes and change management.
IngensData can help your organization evaluate these solutions, help develop a strategy and migration plan to these environments, while ensuring that the service levels, security and regulatory compliance needs of the organization are met.
TACKLING DATA GROWTH
We all know the volume of data is growing. The question is how much data and how fast? IDC reports that enterprise data stores will grow an average of 60 percent annually. This number fluctuates dramatically depending on the enterprise and how business processes depend on and use data. Media intensive industries such as entertainment broadcasting, medical, legal, and insurance can expect to see data growth rates over 120 percent year on year, while some brick and mortar industries may only see as much as 20 percent growth year on year. Knowing your organization’s growth rate is the important thing. All data storage management policy decisions and acquisition plans depend upon knowing how fast the data volume is growing.
It is also very important to understand the growth rate by type of data. Seasoned system administrators can attest that day-to-day business activities can subtly and rapidly change, resulting in dramatic storage requirements impacts for certain types of data, that can spiral into serious production environment issues or even outages. While storage administrators may have access to numerous system-generated reports from various vendors, they typically don’t paint a clear picture of what’s happening.
Another practical issue that operations groups face is the question of data protection — how can organizations protect all of their data within an ever-shrinking backup window? How quickly can virtual machines or complex applications such as SharePoint actually be restored? Just as next-generation tools such as disk-based backup are revolutionizing data protection, data deduplication is enabling a new era of information management. Now, with the ability to de-duplicate data everywhere and manage it centrally, organizations are able to not only improve data protection operations and lower costs but move towards a more systematic approach for managing information growth.
IngensData can help your organization develop and execute a strategy to help you clearly understand and tame data growth while reducing costs.