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  • Relevant at two levels:Increasing competition in “learning” institutions to deliver dynamic services to attract students, research & Achedemic staffsService transformation: taking time to learn and discover about the current environment & needs is the platform for effective solution design & service delivery
  • We believe that through assessment & planning that customers are not constrained to cut services to cut costs or pay more for growth. Legacy system utilisation, service and management complexity mean than through service transformation and continuous improvement it is viable to deliver more for less.While the storage team may think their doing better than the server team, these figures don’t on their own reflect the value of data, or the risk.Prolinx Philosophy:Drive efficiency and utilisation from existing investmentDevelop a route-map for infrastructure transformation and growth
  • Remember the design outcome will be influenced by the specific organisation requirements and constraints. For one organisation floor space might be an over riding factor, for another performance.Discovery gives you the confidence to tier down and leverage the savings potential without compromising required service.
  • Gregynog prolinx 170611

    1. 1. An Approach toStorage Planning<br />Andy Perkins, John McGuinness<br />17th June 2011<br />
    2. 2. Agenda<br />Introduction<br />Scope & Service Goals<br />Approach to Storage Planning<br />High-level workflow<br />Considerations<br />Summary<br />
    3. 3. Introduction<br />“An organisation's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage”<br />– Jack Welch<br />
    4. 4. Wot No Statistics?<br />Gartner suggest 4.42% utilisation for x86 Servers in legacy environments<br />Prolinx typically see 5% to 10% utilisation of servers<br />IBM estimate only 15% infrastructure capacity is in effective use<br />Prolinx analysis shows 25-35% storage utilisation<br />
    5. 5. Service Goals<br />Legacy Environment<br />Dispersed data<br />Hardware Sprawl<br />Lack of standards<br />Variability of service<br />Difficult to flex & provision<br />Lack of protection<br />High perceived cost<br />Staffs are busy managing not transforming the service<br />Poor Utilisation<br />Locked Capacity<br />Over provision<br />Service Goals<br />Agility & Rapid Provisioning <br />Capacity Reclamation<br />Service Alignment:<br /><ul><li>Right sized
    6. 6. Right SLA (HA, DR, performance, ….)
    7. 7. Cost model reflects service value & contribution (VfM)
    8. 8. Right Protection level</li></ul>Agreed Service Catalogue<br />High Utilisation<br />Efficient environmentals: CO2, floor space, cooling<br />Ease of Management<br />Ease of change<br />Transformation<br /> Discover<br /> Plan<br /> Design<br /> Implement<br /> Manage<br />
    9. 9. Storage Planning?<br />It is unlikely a storage conversation can be held in isolation of:<br />Data Protection<br />Service Resilience<br />SLA & Service targets<br />BCP & DR<br />Server & networking<br />
    10. 10. Discovery & Audit Scope<br />Service by Service Review<br />Service summary information: # users, location, ….<br />Software stack & Licencing<br />Technology over view: Block, transactional DB; File; log; export<br />Infrastructure Platform<br />Service Impact/Value High: Med: Low<br />Performance High: Med: Low<br />Protection High: Med: Low<br />RTO Instantaneous: Med: Low<br />RPO<br />Data Retention Tier 1:Tier 2: Tier 3<br />Capacity Review<br />Storage now (GB), by data type<br />Projected change over time (GB)<br />I/O requirements<br />Back-up volumes<br />Replication Volumes<br />Daily change rates<br />Peak activities & cycles<br />Vault/Archive requirements<br />Infrastructure Overview<br />Networking overview & CSD<br />Directory services & Authentication<br />Server overview & CSD<br />Solutions tried<br />Alliances & Partnerships<br />Standards<br />Legal & Compliance<br />Service Review<br />Service Targets<br />Service Catalogues<br />Support structures & team overview<br />Projects & Initiatives<br />
    11. 11. Sample Categorisation Model<br />Floor space<br />Carbon Footprint<br />Cost<br />
    12. 12. Example workflow<br />Stage Output<br />Stage<br />Statement of works<br />& Deliverables<br />Scope workshop<br />Discovery & Audit<br />Summary Findings<br />Review results & whiteboard<br />initial solutions options<br />with stakeholders<br />Refined Requirements & service criteria agreed.<br />Target Solution, roadmap<br />implementation &<br />migration strategies<br />Solution Options & recommendations presented & reviewed<br />
    13. 13. Considerations<br />Making everything Tier 1 has an associated cost & environmental impact<br />Distributedmanagement models can be constraint <br />Seek senior sponsorship<br />Frontend the study<br />Perform a holistic Value for Money and sector/industry comparative study<br />Service Maturity Assessment<br />Use SOA& create a strategic platform framework<br />
    14. 14. TCO Example<br />
    15. 15. Summary<br />Understanding data value, SLA’s & requirements means you can better<br />Align Technology to service need<br />Optimise the solution<br />Reclaim and reuse existing investments<br />Articulate the business case<br />Reduce TCO<br />Create strategic platforms for growth<br />Create a Service Catalogue<br />Audit<br />Analyse<br />Plan/Design<br />
    16. 16. Thank you<br />