Relentless data growth continues to be
a major challenge for organizations of all sizes. To cope with this data growth, IT administrators focus on filling capacity holes and spend even less time with strategic storage decisions. Managing traditional storage infrastructures in this environment of massive data growth can be very difficult. Scaling beyond a few storage systems dramatically increases the burden of manageability, while load and performance balancing, servicing hardware, and backup and recovery are all increasingly difficult when scaling traditional storage infrastructures.