Storage Virtualization Brings Efficiency, Manageability and Flexibility to the Storage Environment

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Storage Virtualization Brings Efficiency, Manageability and Flexibility to the Storage Environment

Storage Virtualization Brings Efficiency, Manageability and Flexibility to the Storage Environment.

Businesses of all sizes are turning to server virtualization and many are beginning to take advantage of virtualized storage to help increase efficiency, reduce costs and make their IT organizations more manageable and flexible. A single logical resource is formed by virtualizing your storage environment. This is accomplished by allowing the storage available on multiple systems to aggregate the disk pools. This virtualized storage pool can then be provisioned for use by servers, applications or by individual users.

Efficiency

Storage utilization can be significantly improved, often by 80% or more, by pooling storage resources into a single source. All of the space can then be managed by server or storage administrators, utilizing a single administration console, regardless of where the servers or SANs are located.

Manageability

The single administrative pane of glass allows the administrator to easily see growth patterns and utilization trends more clearly, making better storage capacity planning or upgrade decisions more manageable. The size of the LUN can now be increased or decreased as needed by thinly or dynamically provisioning the new virtualized storage environment, and not necessarily devoting a hard allocation of 500GB of storage where there’s only a need today of 200GB.

Flexibility

Migration or replication of data in the storage pools between geographic locations or systems is now made extremely flexible since the storage space is decoupled from the storage array or physical disk. For example, the ease of replicating a virtual LUN to another local or off-site storage location for backup or disaster recovery purposes. Data that is higher priority and get more usage can be elevated to a higher data tier, and vice versa.

Reducing Costs

By utilizing the available resources already available on multiple systems your IT department can take full advantage of disk resources rather than spending money on additional capacity. Storage Virtualization can also reduce the cost of maintenance, by helping to sweat the assets and improve ROA over time.

Businesses of all sizes are turning to server virtualization and many are beginning to take advantage of virtualized storage to help increase efficiency, reduce costs and make their IT organizations more manageable and flexible. A single logical resource is formed by virtualizing your storage environment. This is accomplished by allowing the storage available on multiple systems to aggregate the disk pools. This virtualized storage pool can then be provisioned for use by servers, applications or by individual users.
2016-12-12T11:57:45+00:00June 26th, 2013|App/PC Virtualization (VDI), Server Virtualization & Storage|

About the Author:

Marc Hill is the president and founder of Stablenet, an IT services company located in Charlotte, NC. He received his B.A. from NC State University before starting his first company, Tingas Hill Advertising, in 1986. Marc is passionate about the needs and goals of his clients. He specializes in using technologies to help stabilize his client's IT infrastructure, making each company more efficient, stable and productive. He currently resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Dawn and their two dogs, Hoops and Coco. He has two grown children in the medical field. He can be contacted at mhill@stablenet.net