Thanks to the dramatic data explosion that the business world is going through, capacity challenges are essentially something that you and your organization will face on a daily basis moving forward. If you want to really conquer those capacity challenges and put your equipment back to work for you like it should be, there are a few key things to keep in mind.

1. Use High Density Disk Shelves and Enclosures

Switching to high density shelves actually solves two very important problems in one fell swoop. First, it helps make sure that you have the digital storage space necessary as your business continues to grow and expand. Secondly, it helps to guarantee that you actually have the physical space necessary in your business to house everything without needing to take over yet another room. Reliant Technology offers multiple high density disk shelf options across multiple vendors such as EMC, NetApp, and more. Our team can point you in the right direction in order to craft a storage solution that helps with your capacity issues while not busting the budget.

2. Know When to Let Go: Stop Storing Every Bit of Data Forever

While it's true that certain types of data (particularly when it comes to clients) need to be stored for long periods of time, not every last file that you create will need to be kept forever. Video information takes up a lot of storage, for example, but how long do you really need to keep those digital records of events that are of no real interest or value? Put a data retention policy in place that specify what types of data are stored for how long and enforce those policies for the best results.

3. Get Rid of the Trash: Not all Data is Created Equal

All businesses have a certain number of "garbage" or "valueless" files that they're hanging onto for whatever reason. MP3s, photos, videos and more are great for personal machines but add little to nothing to the world of business. The same is true of those six drafts of the same letter that you're hanging onto for reasons you can't quite explain. "Garbage" data consumes a huge amount of the capacity that you're working with and removing as much of it that you can locate as possible will certainly help relieve your issues.

4. Migrate Aging Data

As files get older, they inherently become less valuable to your organization. Though you may not be able to necessarily get rid of certain items entirely, you can certainly migrate them to secondary storage drives to relieve some of the capacity issues that you're dealing with on your primary ownership. Keep in mind that data is almost never accessed 90 days after it is created, so start by looking at "Date Last Accessed" information first and work your way from there.

5. Deduplication

Data deduplication is a very specific type of compression that focuses on removing multiple copies of data that repeats all throughout your storage arrays. When you created a file, you probably kept a copy. When you sent that file to a co-worker, they also probably kept a copy. Data deduplication will remove that duplicate copy, helping to save space. This may be a simplified example, but the technique works wonders on a much larger scale to solve capacity challenges. Reliant is one example of a provider that offers data deduplication services with their hugely popular EMC Data Domain deduplication systems. EMC Data Domain is a trusted solution that is ready to be deployed across your entire business today, taking care of most capacity challenges that you face in one fell swoop.

Need Help Conquering Your Capacity Challenges?

We hope that these 5 tips about ways to control capacity as data growth continues. If you’re not sure what to do next, or need advice from an engineering expert, reach out to our storage experts at Reliant or call 1.877.227.0828 to speak with one of our experts today. Our team has the in-depth product knowledge necessary to provide you the best possible solution for your data problems to help you prepare for data growth.