Like a 50th birthday, the time to expand or replace storage creeps up sooner than you expect. It always seems like yesterday that the storage was racked and stacked and a sense of distance comforted everyone—it will be so long from now until we fill this thing. And then one day, you wake up and realize that time is running out. That shiny new storage isn’t looking so shiny anymore. It seems slow and a bit sluggish and people complain about it.
Sometimes, it seems like you can put it off a bit longer, biding your time until some big project sneaks up and exacerbates the issue, turning what was just on the radar into an emergency. Pre-planning over long periods of time is smart if you can afford it. But push the envelope and you may just find yourself expanding and replacing when you really can’t afford the time to be moving large data sets and reconfiguring your storage.