There was a time, long ago, in which data center downtime was acceptable. Infrastructure availability is a critical component of success for companies of all sizes. Today, downtime is the antithesis of profit and productivity. Many IT departments have moved from providing workday support to enabling a 24/7 business operation.
There are innumerable examples of downtime causes which include human error, natural disasters, and hardware failure. Given the central nature of storage in the data center environment, a key success factor revolves around ensuring ongoing availability even while moving data around the environment to support application and user mobility needs. Moreover, availability can’t suffer as a company’s storage needs grow and as the company seeks to expand its storage footprint.