Circumvent IT Supply Chain Disruption During Recession

How DataCore helps VARs meet growing storage needs of customers by optimizing existing storage resources

As we know the market is heading into a global recession. Most businesses are affected directly or indirectly. Especially for IT organizations that are dealing with employees working remotely, increased usage of virtual desktops and increased exchange of content and application data, there will be a need to expand the storage infrastructure.

With many suppliers being affected by the coronavirus pandemic, production has slowed down, and they are not able to fulfil commitments to delivering storage hardware. When this is case, how do IT teams deal with growing storage demands when hardware expansion and refresh is not easily possible? As a reseller, it’s often difficult for you to deal with this as you have to answer for supplier delays.

How to Deal with IT Supply Chain Deficiency

DataCore delivers best-in-class software defined storage (SDS) solutions to help you optimize existing storage resources in your customer’s environment and make the most out of available capacity and pushing out or delaying the need for new hardware for some more time.

  • Consolidate storage across the infrastructure: Pool all storage resources (from HDD and SSD to NVMe) into one virtual pool from where you can create virtual disks and assign to applications on demand. Centralize storage management across heterogeneous devices from one console.
  • Tier data automatically to appropriate storage: Ensure that the fastest storage (which is typically the premium/expensive storage) stores frequently accessed data. DataCore SDS solutions help you automatically move data from primary to secondary storage based on how hot, warm or cold data access frequency is.
  • Reclaim unused capacity on existing hardware: Most storage arrays do not get utilized fully. Because organizations deal with islands of storage, it is often difficult to reclaim and used small quantities of storage left unused on many different storage devices, which when consolidated could help to support new workload demand. DataCore SDS solutions help utilize existing storage capacity fully across the storage infrastructure thereby helping you make the most out of your customers’ current storage investments. Built-in deduplication and compression capabilities also add to further storage space savings.
  • Avoiding vendor lock-in: Because DataCore allows you to use any storage device from any vendor and aggregate it as part of your customers’ storage environment, you need not depend on just one supplier for storage hardware. If there is deficit from your current supplier, you can even work with another vendor and add storage seamlessly to your customers’ infrastructure meet your needs. All storage will be managed by DataCore’s centralized management console.
  • Leverage object storage and elastic cloud alternatives: Especially in the unstructured data world where data growth is exponential, it is wise to move archival data and other cold data to cheap storage such as object stores or the cloud. Cloud storage is comparatively cheaper than investing in new storage hardware on-premises and is best to store backup and archival data which will not be accessed very often. This helps reduce your customers’ CAPEX costs and move into an OPEX model for storing inactive data.

Whether your customers have block, file, or object storage (both on-prem and cloud), DataCore allows you to optimize storage capacity so you can do more with your existing hardware while meeting workload demand and dealing with delayed hardware delivery by your supplier.

Calling out to storage resellers and DataCore channel partners: Get in touch with DataCore solution architects who will help you analyze your customers’ storage infrastructure needs and recommend the right way to optimize existing capacity and manage IT supply chain shortfall. And as always, you can contact your Climb rep for all of your DataCore solution needs.


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