The Importance of Planning:
Planning is an essential part of anything that is to be executed. Be it an activity, a trip or even a high involvement purchase, all the things require planning for a successful completion of the task. Planning may vary with the nature of the task. As far as the technical deliverables are concerned, if a sound planning is done, it is highly likely that any negative impact while the up gradation of the existing scale-out network-attached storage is underway can be avoided.
Planning while upgrading the NAS Scale-out Systems:
Computer systems in the current times are complicated yet they are a blend of storage, networking and compute. An imbalance in any of the three elements can result in a negative impact during the installation and the performance can be hampered for as long as the device remains installed. Let’s take an example to understand this point even better. If planning before scaling out NAS systems is not done properly, then it can result in serious congestion. Therefore, before the rationalizing of the files over the new NAS scale out system is done, planning is necessary. And in this case, planning means not just statistical analysis but also proper planning in advance.
Rule of Thumb:
One of the fundamental rules is to clean and maintain the data storage with the files which are needed only. This further helps in accessing the data which otherwise becomes a very tedious process, if the storage device is heavily loaded with all the unnecessary data. If this is not done, then the structuring of files and their analysis become very complicated. This eventually slows down the operations. Since NAS has a potential to replicate files and data if not arranged in an organized or classified manner, it is advised to keep the data in a way which obstructs any duplication and occupation of storage space. This all in other words means proper planning with an on-going time.
Archiving – Time Saving Technique:
Archiving the data according to the nature of it can save a lot of time and the hassle of duplication of the data. The best way is to classify the data: hot, warm and cold. All the cold data can be stored in the remote portion of the cloud. Once all the data has been archived, a program or a code can be designated to each type of data for an auto arrangement of all the data types in the cloud. Now this is called planning with time.
Compression Versus Additional Space:
Another way to improve the performance of NAS Scale Out System while avoiding any addition in the storage space in the existing device is realizing the fact that compressed data can occupy less space. Hence, it is feasible to say that adding raw capacity can be avoided if the data is compressed and stored. With this, the network bandwidth can be saved. Therefore, it proves to be a very economical way out.
In the concluding remarks, it will not be unfair to mention that if all the above mentioned points and tips are taken into consideration and implemented as well, the users will never encounter issues with the performance of NAS Scale-Out Systems.