by Shahbaz Ali
Organizations today are grappling with unyielding data growth up to and beyond the petabyte level. Massive growth magnifies data management challenges, such as the overheads associated with storage acquisition and operation, as well as exacerbated data protection, governance and security concerns due to regulatory issues and data mobility. Modern businesses must find solutions that provide agility to both enterprise network users and to a geographically dispersed workforce. The capability to leverage big data analytics to gain value from their vast data stores is critical for organizations to gain a competitive edge.
NAS solutions do not scale to the levels required in many of today’s IT environments that are already dealing with petabyte levels of data. When you run out of space on a NAS, you can purchase more NAS devices, which can become costly and create data silos. Data silos are extremely inefficient as they regularly have unused capacity and prevent organizations from understanding and appropriately leveraging the data they possess, except through the individual application that created the data. Users of file based storage systems access data using standard network protocols such as NFS or SMB/CIFS, which creates a challenge for data access for geographically dispersed or mobile users.