Like many of our enterprise IT peers, we are being challenged with rapid growth in storage demand. In 2011 alone, we faced a 53% increase in storage capacity to 38.2 PB from 2010 and the continued build out of our private cloud could further increase demand. Clearly we could not increase costs linearly with demand. Through a variety of techniques described in this data storage solutions paper including: thin provisioning, tiering, storage refresh, using SSDs, and increasing utilization, we have been able to support significant capacity and performance improvements while saving $9.2M.
These techniques combined with deploying new Intel® Xeon® processor based storage technologies allow us to meet steep storage demand growth in a cost-efficient manner while not compromising on quality of service in our virtualized and multi-tenant computing environment.