It’s not uncommon to use baseball metaphors to describe business success and how they compete. And since it’s the start of the new baseball season – let’s do it. Innovative ideas, talented people, courage to change, and lofty goals are a lot like what it takes to field a winning baseball team. There’s a lot of similarity between a winning baseball team assembled for fans and building out innovative business solutions for customers. And as businesses swing for the “technology” fences, they also need to learn to handle the curveballs thrown at them like market shifts, technology changes, global economics, and customer trends.
Even with the love of the game in mind, mid-tier companies struggle with having the same needs for business agility and efficiency to address a growing set of application and virtualization needs as larger enterprise organizations – but with IT budgets that are just a fraction of their enterprise peers.
There’s a growing need for mid-tier IT organizations to reduce risk, be agile, and simplify and automate operations – and all while keeping costs down. Up to now, no vendor has batted a thousand on delivering all of this in a single solution – especially with storage.
These IT departments struggle with storage from a number of standpoints, including management complexity, inflexible deployment options, data growth, and a lack of affordable flash storage options. As resources become even more constrained, and IT budgets generally remaining flat, IT has had to handle servers, storage, networking, data protection, virtualization and more. Gone are the days of having a dedicated admin focused only on storage. Let’s face it, in mid-tier businesses; IT personnel are being transformed into generalists forced into ‘playing’ many technology positions to stay competitively viable.
When IT decides to make a storage purchase, they need that storage to last. The tools must be modern, easy to understand, easy to use, and leverage the latest technology that helps simplify and automate tasks. At the same time, the systems they purchase must be affordable, deliver the best TCO throughout the life of the array and be flexible enough to be repurposed for a variety of different workloads. This is a lot to ask from a single mid-tier storage array, tasked with running important business applications. And the competitors have either struck out or taken a rain check on much of this. (more…)