Storage for better business
Basu - Country Manager, Network Storage Solutions, HP India, talks to Soutiman
Das Gupta about how the enterprise can use storage strategies in order to
carry out business more effectively.
What are some of the major challenges faced by CIOs when
it comes to managing storage infrastructure environments?
As the data volumes expand at a phenomenal rate, CIOs are constantly faced with
the challenge of balancing data accessibility, data growth, and managing costs.
They have to ensure accessibility of the right information at the right time,
while keeping the management process simple and cost-effective. All these, coupled
with the task of choosing the right mix of technology and also increasing government
regulations on data retention make it a complex challenge.
How will ILM help companies carry out business more effectively?
Information Life Cycle Management is the active management of data from
creation to deletionbased on changing application and business relevance.
By being able to effectively place, migrate, protect, archive, and remove data
based on your business policies or regulations with little to no human intervention
ILM enables busi-nesses to become more agile and adaptive to change, derive
a better return on IT and ensure compliance to data retention regulations
What strategy advice do you have for CIOs of companies
that have seen that their storage infrastructures have not given them the expected
In a business scenario that is characterized by explosive growth of data and
ongoing changes in the economic environment, it is advisable to develop infrastructure
that allows you build an adaptive enterprise. This will help develop an infrastructure
that is modular, scalable and grows seamlessly with your business needs.
The adaptive enterprise can be a virtualized, standards-based architecture that
will extend the current network's storage capabilities to higher levels while
keeping the management aspect simple since it can deploy standard, modular building
blocks powered by intelligent software.
In the face of the changing needs of businesses in India
and APAC, how will storage solution offerings evolve in the next year?
The key drivers for growth in the region are increased business activity resulting
in huge data volumes, increased use of data for competitive advantage, enhanced
sensitivity to data protection and disaster recovery, and stricter government
regulations on data retention.
The movement from Direct Attached Storage (DAS) to network storage is expected
to continue as we move forward. Companies in the banking & financial services
and telecom verticals continue to be the key storage drivers while other areas
would include manufacturing, education, BPO, and governance. We will see increased
adoption of modular, scalable, and pay-as-you-grow storage infrastructure.
Soutiman Das Gupta can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org