Data Storage Proposal
As a cherished professor of IT at my university I am expected to make strategic IT decisions and policies for the university. The university has 8 servers and a Network Attached Storage (NAS) of 100 terabytes. The university CIO has announced that the university enrolment is increasing at a steady rate; this is because the number of college students enrolling at the university has increased dramatically. This has made the data requirements to grow by 27% in the last 6 months.
As a professor of IT at the university, my boss has requested me to make a plan to address the unprecedented growth. The university faces an interesting challenge over the next few years: as it progresses at a feverish pace it must meet an insatiable demand for data storage. It is expected that the university will require large amounts of data storage to meet the unprecedented growth in enrollment of students.
The amount is staggering, but not unrealistic. This number of enrollment can grow exponentially if a strategic plan is not outlined. Given the recent emergence of ‘big data’ storage solutions, such as that provided by Isilon Systems, the technology to grow such large systems for data storage is readily available. However, the cost is considerable and great challenges exist in the concepts of data validity, and ongoing migrations. This challenge exists not only for the university and similar institutions vying to keep data storage for prosperities sake, but also bleeds into other industries such as health-care, financials, and media.
Implementing a commercially available storage system for the university does not guarantee such availability. Having this data in one place for example exposes it to total loss in case of a disaster. Replicating the content while necessary can greatly increase capital expenditures. Tape backup of multi-terabyte environments are impractical, costly, and...