Storage considerations and their effects on performance

Storage is the one area that you cannot skip while evaluating your environment and workload, and no amount of CPU or RAM will make up for a misconfigured or underconfigured storage system. Storage in many environments is the biggest resource bottleneck due to its cost, general misunderstanding about how it works, and what is important. Outside of IT, storage is typically thought of in terms of capacity which, while a valid point, is only a small piece of the storage equation.

From a business perspective, cost is the driving factor on hard drives. Our job as administrators, engineers, and architects is to understand the workload so that we can select the storage appliances, drives, and connectivity ...

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