With all the technology approaches in the market place to modernize IT, it is a challenge to maneuver through all the noise and figure out which is the best approach for you and your company. Whether you are considering cloud, hyper-converged, revolutionary database products, or a new dev ops program, it all seems daunting. In recent conversations and blogs that I have read, any of these changes need to be accompanied by a change in cultural and skill set. The complexity of the changes and the impact they have on an organization reminds me of the process I went through to decide whether or not to modernize my existing home or buy new.
Most companies today that host their own data storage systems are buying flash storage. As a long-time storage manager, I often wondered how data was going to continue to grow and storage systems grow to support those needs without over-burdening the datacenter. With flash and the density that the 5th generation of Violin arrays able to provide, this is no longer a major concern. The challenge facing CIOs and Directors of Storage is “Which flash storage company should we partner with?”.