Any infrastructure administrator takes pride in introducing as many separation layers and failure domains as possible into a design. As we have learned from the recent hard-drive shortage due to the flooding in Thailand, we cannot design or plan for a redundant supply chain.
It is difficult to buy any storage at all right now, and even if one is lucky enough to find some hardware for sale, it will be very expensive. Recent reports from Western Digital, for example, state that hard-drive unit sales are down by 51 percent and that their selling prices for those that have shipped is up 50 percent. As IT professionals, we need to be ready to go with new solutions to tackle this challenge.