When should I expand storage capacity?

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The dellempowers site linked me to an article called Performance metrics: Evaluating you data storage efficiency. It lists metric categories but I'd love to know when my capacity metric points to a need for more storage - 70 percent, 80 percent, higher?
ASKED: December 1, 2011  4:39 PM
UPDATED: March 6, 2012  5:45 PM

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I usually start the process at 70% at it takes a while to get the process going.

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  • TomLiotta
    You should be taking periodic measurements. Over time, you create a trend-line that can help predict when action will be required. In addition to periodic measurements, you might even do before and after measurements around heavy processes, e.g., end-of-year. For me, 70% might indicate that I have a couple years before being concerned. For you, it might mean you should start the equipment acquisition next week. Tom
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  • AlaaSamarji
    it all depends on your data burst here. in other terms you should know how much per year you are shipping out in percentage from that storage box. if you are just using 10% each year and their is no big project in the horizon to justify the data burst and you're at 70%, that gives you a good 3 year however if you are consuming 30% of storage per year and you're at 70% i would say you should have those disks in no later than 3-6 month.
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