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Tiering and Provisioning
The practice of tiered storage has emerged as a way to cut costs and make storage more efficient by keeping mission-critical data on the fastest platforms, while relegating less valuable data to slower and less expensive storage, such as SATA disk or even tape. Auto-tiering is used to help optimize data running across LUNs and file systems. It’s an important storage efficiency tool, and many users and vendors see it as a must-have technology – especially key for users who have solid-sate drives (SSD) in place. SSDs have capacity constraints, and auto-tiering software helps with performance demands.
Another helpful efficiency tool is thin provisioning. Thin provisioning is an excellent way to maximize the utilization of capacity in shared storage environments and can help drive down waste. Hear from our experts and staff writers on how these technologies come together to help storage pros manage today’s data centers.