Hu Yoshida has an interesting view on his recent post discussing storage utilisation rates. His concluding remark suggests running at a maximum of 60% utilisation – even with Dynamic Provisioning. Hu, you must be joking, right?
Point 1: I’ve paid for my 100% of storage and I’m going to use it. I don’t remember any vendor suggesting only paying 60% of their invoice and calling it quits. Granted, spending an inordinate amount of time to reach the 80%+ goal isn’t necessarily cost effective, however it can be achieved.
Point 2: It’s perfectly possible to run at 80% utilisation. It just takes some thought and planning. As Hu rightly points out, Dynamic Provisioning helps significantly towards this. The features of wide striping and thin provisioning mean storage can be more easily provisioned and requires less manual balancing.
Point 3: Achieving high utilisation isn’t all about technology. It’s also about process. That means Demand Planning, Capacity Planning, efficient processes for deployment of new hardware and for provisioning of customer requests. All this is possible without incurring additional expense.
So, don’t think 80%+ isn’t an achievable target. After all, it’s your money you’re wasting if you don’t try!