Data Storage Management: Enter Data Hydraulics

Posted by Dustin Smith, Chief Technologist
February 3, 2014

Can you answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions?

  1. Are you making ‘emergency’ data storage purchases that aren’t strategic to your overall goals?
  2. Are you aware of the evolutions in data storage management practices?
  3. Are your data storage management practices the same as they were five, eight, or even ten years ago?
  4. Do you store and backup your data to Iron Mountain or somewhere similar?
  5. Do you lack a secure data eradication plan?
  6. Are you uncertain how much your data costs you?
  7. Are you experiencing resource challenges?

If so, you may want to reconsider your data storage management architecture.

In the past, data storage environments were built on the premise that you create data, store data, use data, and then backup data. But today you need a storage architecture that behaves as a fluid distribution system, with a defined flow of data from creation, service to the consumer, and then obsolescence. We call this Data Hydraulics™.

Data Hydraulics is a different paradigm for handling your data processing and data delivery needs.  In the past, users had to go to the data. Today, users want the data to come to them. 


Data Hydraulics offers a new way of delivering data and resources to people. It considers how data gets to users and what it costs to get it there. These are efficiency conversations to be sure.

Fortunately, this data hydraulic architecture already exists, and you can most likely size and construct it using the same storage components you currently have in your environment.

We have a Technology Workshop that focuses on Data Hydraulics that can help provide a better understanding of this new data storage management architecture, and how you can implement it in your data center. Be sure to check it out.

About Dustin Smith Throughout his twenty-year career, Dustin Smith has specialized in designing enterprise architectural solutions. As the Chief Technologist, Dustin is responsible for the strategic direction of aligning the company’s growing consulting services with the client challenges he finds in the field, and he works closely with his regional architects to design new programs to address these issues.

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