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The amount of data being stored, managed and protected in data centers is rapidly increasing, and in many cases, pushing storage capacity to the limit. For many organizations, unforeseen rapid growth of data stores has resulted in islands of storage with low utilization rates, resulting in higher operating costs and increased demands for managing and protecting data.
Storage consolidation can help mitigate these challenges, increasing storage capacity, improving disk utilization, and reducing storage / maintenance / power & cooling costs. A successful consolidation requires meeting performance and high availability needs while providing the needed capacity, optimal data protection and scalability for future needs.