The answer is storage virtualisation
Thomas, Country Manager, NetApp India, feels that CIOs should migrate to storage
virtualisation infrastructure to increase the reliability and availability of
What are the benefits of virtualisation for a CIO? How
does virtualisation help create a policy-based storage infrastructure?
Many CIOs have made significant investments in multiple storage architectures
to support a variety of different application requirements. This approach often
results in an inefficient, under-utilised storage environment that can be difficult
to manage and costly to scale.
Virtualisation fulfills the needs of both the CIO and users by increasing data
availability, minimising client downtime, optimising storage capacity, and dramatically
simplifying storage management. All of these contribute to a significant reduction
in the total cost of ownership of networked storage infrastructures.
Different vendors define virtualisation differently. How
do you define it?
We believe that no one company can bring a complete solution to the customer,
which is why having an open standards-based approach is the key.
In my experience, many customers ask for a flexible storage infrastructure that
offers high performance, massive and rapid scalability, and minimal management
overheadall to achieve maximum value from enterprise data. They are actually
looking forward to liberate their data for more robust, high-performance applications
in workgroups, departments and data centres. The answer to all this is storage
What do you think are the usual mistakes that CIOs make
when it comes to virtualisation?
As near as I can tell, the way CIOs often think is something
like this. They say, I dont really understand where Im going,
but I do understand, roughly speaking, some of my big challenges. Like for instance,
my companys becoming increasingly global. Ive got people scattered
all over the place, and its really important for me to share a lot of
information with them. The information can be rich content such as audio and
video. But I dont really know how to manage that problem.
And not only that, theres nobody out there who can today come up with
a complete solution thats just plug-and-play. So what CIOs say when theyre
in a situation like this is, I know no one knows how to do this. What
I need to do is find the people who know its a problem and have smart
people working on it. If I start working with them and they listen to me and
understand my problems more, between the two of us well get there.
To me, this is the challenge CIOs have today.