Scale-up architecture is the industry standard for secondary storage. But why should you have to perform costly forklift upgrades every time you need to add more capacity? Or have to deal with misaligned point products and siloed data management?

Stop holding your business back and shift to a scale-out architecture: a more reliable, cost-effective approach that provides the cloud-like flexibility to simply expand capacity as you need it.

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The downside of scaling up

With a scale-up architecture, the only way to add capacity is to install another disk shelf. But every time you expand, performance takes a hit. And when you run out of shelf space, your only choice is to buy a bigger, faster system — and then migrate all your data.

The scale-up approach means forecasting data growth years in advance, making it easy to over- or under-provision — both of which can spike your infrastructure and operating costs. Multiple point products for virtualization, compute and storage complicate management and support. Complexity and data silos can compromise service levels and hold you back from moving to the cloud.

Clearly, “just add more hardware” is no longer a sustainable solution.


By 2021, more than 80% of enterprise data will be stored in scale-out systems.1

The benefits of a scale-out approach for secondary storage

Scale-out architecture gives high-volume secondary storage and data protection the same benefits that hyperconverged infrastructures have delivered to primary storage. Offering cloud-like scalability for your on-premises hardware, it collapses virtualization, compute and storage into a single solution that lets you quickly and dynamically deploy clusters of highly available infrastructure whenever needed.

Seamless storage scalability:
No more under- or overprovisioning hardware based on data growth projections. Just add the compute and storage you need, when you need it.

Greater resiliency and availability:
Eliminating multiple layers of hardware and software infrastructure accelerates the restore process and improves data availability by dramatically limiting the potential points of failure.

Simple storage management:
Compute and storage are integrated with data protection, operating system and virtualization software, converging multiple touchpoints down to one.

Non-disruptive upgrades:
With no forklift upgrades needed, you can expand your storage platforms with zero outages or interruptions to your services or data.

Cost-effective operations:
By consolidating or eliminating the needs for multiple point products, you can save on training, maintenance and support costs.

Future-proofed infrastructure:
Multiple generations of hardware can be mixed into a single pool, letting you take advantage of new technologies as they become available.

Unlike scale-up, scale-out is based on storage nodes that can be expanded or replaced easily as needed, without any service disruption. This evergreen storage pool simplifies storage management while supporting dynamic scalability. No forklift upgrades necessary: simply size your system based on current needs and then add more nodes incrementally as required. The storage pool will expand seamlessly to accommodate them.

The scale-out approach is less expensive and more flexible than traditional scale-up, delivering predictable, reliable performance now and into the future.


Find out how scale-out architecture can solve your secondary storage headaches.


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