Networked storage in India and FAS
Rapid advances in telecommunications and enterprise
networking technologies have led to the popularity of networked storage technologies
like NAS and SAN.
Patrick Lim, Vice President & General Manager,
Asia South, of Hitachi Data Systems, says, "Indian enterprises have begun
to operate on global scales, and thus feel the need to adopt networked storage
technologies. India being a virgin storage market has a lot of potential to
adapt storage technology. Unlike the early adopters of DAS, Indian enterprises
have not made substantial investments and they do not have to protect investments."
"The reduction of storage cost per MB has resulted
from the drive in use of networked storage. And rapid advances in Fiber Channel
technologies and architecture is providing further impetus to the networked
storage market," adds Patrick.
New industry regulations like T+1 in financial services
(addressing reconcilement of stock trades within one day of execution) and HIPAA
in the medical industry (maintaining long-term electronic records of patient
information), will also prove to be huge drivers of storage capacity and performance.
|Patrick Lim VP & GM, Asia South, HDS
NAS and SAN convergence will eventually happen as more
vendors begin to support this architecture. As SANs and NASs converge, customers
are likely to see benefits like better asset utilization, consolidated storage
resources, and simplified management.
"The cost considerations related to various storage
architectures has led to a more economical and efficient storage architecture
known as Fabric Attached Storage (FAS). FAS is essentially a combination of
SAN and NAS," explained Patrick.
FAS solutions make data and information more manageable
and accessible, improving staff productivity. But it is not free of challenges
primarily due to the use of heterogeneous technologies and centralized management
of the complete storage architecture.
Very few corporations have the budget to totally replace
their legacy storage investments with newer technologies. Many companies also
refuse to be locked into a single-vendor solution.
"Recent studies on enterprise storage solutions
revealed that majority of the enterprise storage managers were inclined on maintaining
a heterogeneous environment. They thought such an environment would be necessary
and desirable for the foreseeable future for a variety of reasons, such as the
need to leverage their existing investments and the need to maintain flexibility,"
Since India is one of the most attractive IT destinations
in the world, we see a large amount of outsourcing activity in the country.
This increase in outsourcing to Indian companies has led to a substantial rise
in demand of storage solutions. An important business requirement for such outsourcing
service providers is the widespread deployment of data-intensive applications
like CRM, SCM, ERP, multi-media applications, digital imaging, and video-on-demand.
In light of this, many companies need new storage management
approaches that can look across both old and new storage topologies to provide
a complete operational view of their enterprise, as well as a single management
console across hardware and software products from multiple vendors.
Soutiman Das Gupta