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Posted Mar 23, 2010

Using a Tiered Data Storage Structure to Reduce Costs

By DatabaseJournal.com Staff

Today's storage space is growing at astronomical rates.   We know that not all the data is actively used.  Some of the data is only looked at periodically.  To handle peoples storage needs organization need to consider multiple tiers of data storage.  One tier supports real-time access for those frequently accessed files, whereas other tiers can have varying retrieval times based on how often the data is accessed. 

Having multiple tiers of data storage, where each tier provides a different level of service, allows organizations to maximize their storage capacity while minimizing their storage costs.  Data can be stored in memory, on solid-state drives, on fast hard drives, or even on tape.  Each one of the storage locations have their cost to performance trade-offs.  When you are implementing a tiered storage structure, you need to determine the right kind of storage structure that is appropriate for your organization.

In this white paper, you will learn about the myths and realities of different storage technologies.  This paper also explores the different kinds of storage solutions and describes how they should be used to support an organizations tiered storage hierarchy.   A well thought out storage architecture, allows you to minimize your overall storage costs.

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