Chances are, your users are storing information which they probably shouldn’t (including documents with passwords or other potentially sensitive information) as well as data which is frankly just out of date. For instance, if you are holding on to marketing data for shopping habits that’s more than a few years’ old then it is probably next to worthless – the general adoption of the smartphone has changed the way people shop beyond recognition.
It’s also fair to say that you’ve probably got an awful lot more compute resource at your disposal now, and people expect their corporate applications to run ever faster, analysing ever more data. You need to properly understand not just how many IOPS and Terabytes of storage you need, but for what – and just how much data is it actually necessary to keep hold of. Finally, some data compresses well and with the right solution can save you money on physical storage, whereas some data doesn’t. Knowing exactly what level of compression you could realistically achieve all helps when specifying a new storage solution.
Reciprocal have the necessary tools to help in all of the above cases, allowing a new solution to be properly designed, taking into account what users actually store as well as the known requirements of performance and capacity.
So before you look at replacing a legacy storage system, give Reciprocal a call and we can help you really understand your data.