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3D solutions?

I had a conversation with someone today wherein their facility was reviewing the threat of occurrences like H1N1 and the impact on a department that works closely together and how they would manage to remain a functioning department and they implemented a 3d solution. Can someone provide a background on how this works and any information that might be out there to review on solutions?

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Peter Lyons, MBA, CMA
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This type of configuration allows a customer to create a pool of storage which in turn creates 3D tiering; scale up, scale out, scale deep.

Scale up; pooled storage media [FC, SATA, SAS, SSD] allows the virtual storage platform (VSP) to locate the data on the most appropriate tier based upon business needs [i.e., my workload needs faster response during our quarter end billing] in an automated fashion such that workloads remain performant with zero or minimal administrative action as well as zero intrusion to the users.

Scale out; expand workloads automatically to accommodate greater storage requirements [e.g. users are creating more data so system admins need to expand the workload container] again in an automated fashion with zero or minimal administrative action as well as zero intrusion to the users.

Scale deep; demote/move data to denser storage for long term retention at lower cost as long term retention has become more important than performance [e.g. move workload to dense but less performant SATA] again with zero or minimal administrative action as well as zero intrusion to the users.

Take a look at the Hitachi Data Systems website for more information on 3D tiering: http://www.hds.com/products/storage-systems/hitachi-virtual-storage-platform.html

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