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What is Data Center Storage?

As an ever-evolving and all-encompassing term, data storage refers to the various components, tools, technology, hardware, software and executable processes, and implementation of resources for storage within datacenters and enterprise infrastructures. Advances in big data, business intelligence and development, and IT operations (DevOps) have changed data storage architecture, which is now built into all-flash arrays inside of datacenters which, in some cases, can operate on a VM or container level, rather than on a LUN or volume level.

How data storage has changed

Before the advent of the all-flash array, virtual machines (VMs) and containers, data center storage was managed on hard-disk drives or even tape drives. The data was stored using external and third-party management systems and facilities, including offsite server rooms. Today, data is often stored virtually using both private and enterprise cloud environments, as well as datacenters, which house the all-flash arrays that contain built-in data storage on VMs.

As a result of these changes, data is more easily accessible, comes to the screen in seconds rather than minutes, and is far more secure than ever before. While some forms of legacy storage technology are still around, like network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area networks (SANs), they have evolved to work with modern datacenters and the newer ways information is housed. For example, NAS now scales horizontally rather than the outmoded vertical NAS approach, which diminished scalability and limited the amount of hardware and software you could add onto existing architecture.

With enterprise cloud environments and the componentry that runs them becoming more affordable and more popular, data storage is no longer an afterthought or secondary part of setting up a new infrastructure. With newer all-flash arrays that run on the level of VMs (or containers) within solid state disks (SSDs), storage becomes a primary concern for anyone using cloud applications. The ability to migrate large numbers of VMs easily and automatically has become table stakes, and individualized VM management in general has become a necessary feature.

The datacenter infrastructure you need for enterprise-level storage

The infrastructure of your datacenter refers to all the key physical materials and technology you need for a best-in-class, modern storage facility. Some of the hardware to consider for datacenter infrastructure include:

  • Networking equipment, including routers and switches that are already in place and functional
  • Reliable backup storage with synchronous replication
  • Software to manage your storage from a screen, such as the Tintri Global Center (TGC)
  • All-flash arrays with built-in software for ease of use and accessibility
  • A physical security system, complete with access control for your IT team, surveillance for your datacenter and power outage backup to protect data in the event of a catastrophe or hacking threat

Datacenter storage and software for cloud environments

Your datacenter is the key to maintaining a private, enterprise-level cloud with public cloud-like agility. Data storage has evolved at a breakneck pace to keep up with the demands of end-users in need of scalable, secure and easily accessible data, apps, software and proprietary information. With workloads dozens or even hundreds of times larger than they were even five years ago, storage architecture used to support cloud environments come with a laundry list of must-haves: SSDs and all-flash arrays that store data on the VM and container level, computing systems with input/output (I/O) fast enough to manage billions of operations at once, and a rapid data replication or distribution system for disaster recovery. When using enterprise cloud for your venture, it’s important to understand the value of each sliver of data. Prioritizing where information will be housed is essential to managing the information you're holding, and a more organized cloud is more efficient than one in disarray.

Cloud computing for enterprise, private, and hybrid environments is showing no signs of being just a buzzword or becoming unpopular anytime soon. Because of the high demand for cloud, there is also a high demand for quality data center storage systems and security. Today's datacenter engineers are developing a variety of platforms to enhance scalability, agility, security, speed, and ease of use for IT personnel without years of experience. The datacenter user interface (UI) of today—and tomorrow—has the capability to be operated by admins with only a modicum of IT understanding. TGC, for example, simplifies storage to scale, handles 17 terabytes (TB) to 40 petabytes (PB), reduces latency and runs Tintri arrays as one federated pool manageable by a single IT employee.

Virtual databases for enterprise cloud and data storage

When it comes to enterprise cloud, you have to be able to rely entirely on your virtualized databases. That’s exactly why Tintri built all-flash storage for virtual and cloud environments—workhorses with high-performing reserves made to come out on top during even the most unpredictable demand cycles. By assigning each database its own lane and eliminating the use of logical unit numbers (LUNs), we end latency caused by “noisy neighbors.” With a troubleshooting app that allows you to see every VM and container across your entire infrastructure, and peerless scalability, Tintri Virtualized Databases guarantee business application performance.

By now you know: legacy or traditional storage options aren't going to work for cloud or virtual storage, and really have no place in the datacenter. The Tintri Enterprise Cloud platform use the currency of cloud—VMs and containers—making it the most reliable, resilient and easy to use storage option for enterprise cloud environments.

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