The progress of advanced data management software has totally changed the data storage landscape. Terms like input/output operations (IOPS) and low latency are still features vendors can offer an IT team looking to fix a problem. However, they are no longer confined to a storage-centric ecosystem. With the advent of advanced data management software, it finally becomes possible to shift to a data-centric architecture that enables IT admins to automatically align data with storage that meets enterprises’ business objectives. Network World brought this interesting information to us in their article, “Managing data by business objectives.”

Objective-based management makes it easy to ensure newly added resources are used most effectively. When a new storage resource is added to the global namespace, files that meet the criteria of the newly added resource can automatically be load-balanced to the new system, whether it is on premises or in the cloud. This intelligence makes data migrations and upgrades painless, and even extends the life of existing storage systems.

Melody K. Smith

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