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GCN : April 2015
22 GCN APRIL 2015 • GCN.COM For agency data center managers looking to improve the economy of their data centers, one of the best options for savings lies in the how storage is managed. Thanks to new virtualization techniques and emerging flash storage technologies, data center operators now have ways to control how they deploy storage systems to speed backups and reduce costs. “Data centers [operators] should be introspective and look at how their storage is being accessed and find ways to customize storage solutions for each different work- load,” said Jason Hick, head of the Storage System Group at the Energy Department’s National Energy Research Scientific Comput- ing Center (NERSC). “There are a variety of emerging storage technologies. Using all of them for what they do best is key,’’ Hick added. “You need to understand flash, disk and tape and come up with the best mix based on your internal op- erations. It pays huge dividends for us when we balance our workloads well.’’ GCN talked to operators of several cutting- edge government data centers to find out which new storage technologies they are deploying and what best practices they are using to keep their costs steady and their performance escalating. Here are their recommendations: New virtualization techniques and emerging flash technologies are giving data center operators more control over how they manage storage systems, speed backups and reduce costs. BY CAROLYN DUFFY MARSAN storage balance Finding the right 0415gcn_022-027.indd 22 3/30/15 3:57 PM