GOAL OR METRIC: Have Modular Strategy for Easy Scalability
RATIONALE: The most efficient organizations use a storage structure that is standardized and modular, so that as more storage is needed, new modules can be easily and quickly added with no waste and no disruption of service. This important for two reasons. First, it makes the addition of added storage more affordable, since an organization can buy incrementally as needed, rather than in large chunks. Second, new modular storage components are built for virtualized infrastructures, so it becomes easier to pool storage and manage it centrally for efficient tiering, protection, and access.
POTENTIAL RESULTS: Building a storage architecture that is modular and avoids costly “forklift” upgrades. As you need more storage, simply plug in a new device that adds capacity and the ecosystem automatically senses it is there and provisions it instantly.