Managing Data Storage Needs in Expanding Data Centers

Server racks are already overflowing with equipment and servers that are straining to contain the data that is transmitted in storage area networks. While virtualization and other new technologies are easing hardware needs, industry experts expect server sales to grow, adding to the pressure of managing a data center’s storage needs.

According to a recent Continuity Center report, the growing nature of data centers is not necessarily a reason for panic, as a few procedures can reduce hardware and storage needs by as much as 50 percent.

One of those procedures is optimizing fiber channel over Ethernet technology. FCoE has become a dominant player in storage area network deployments, but the report said many data centers overutilize the technology. This occurs because they do not monitor their SANs and only use a small portion of the bandwidth they create.

By identifying the actual needs of a SAN, data centers can drastically reduce their hardware needs and maximize FCoE technology to deliver critical data between equipment mounted on server racks, the report said.

According to a recent IDC report, server sales grew significantly in the fourth quarter of 2010, and major vendors, such as IBM, were able to capitalize on the industry expansion.