Data Center Virtualization helps in creating an efficient, responsive IT environment by improving asset utilization, lowering power and cooling costs and reducing management touch points. Virtualization also helps in efficiently accelerating IT service to respond to business challenges in ethically simplistic way.
While a lot has been said about server virtualization, it is storage virtualization which is increasingly capturing the attention of CIOs and IT managers all around the world. Virtualization of storage helps in integrating innumerable, smaller storage devices into a virtualized image of a large device, powered by smart software like VMware. It helps in freeing up pools of storage based on demand that enterprises can use while also improving reliability and control on the data residing there.
Storage Virtualization helps in the following ways
It simplifies provisioning- Storage virtualization makes storage resource provisioning easy, quick and flexible. Users can simply expand volumes, or batch creates volumes when required, and then securely assign them to different servers using different network interfaces.
Data mobility- By virtualizing your storage data can be moved, mirrored and copied from one location to other on a very quick note, without having to stop any applications concurrently utilizing the data.
Data Recovery is easy- By virtualizing your storage, several images or snapshots of data can be taken on the disk and this enables quick recovery while maintaining data integrity. Also the snapshots or live mirrors of primary data can be had across devices. This makes it easy to move data from any device to any other device and reduce dependency on any particular class of device vendors.
Simplified backup- Virtual backups help in easy recovery of data as the data resides in the cloud.
Storage Classification- Storage Virtualization makes it easy to categorize physical disk devices based on usage, cost or performance, thereby eliminating human error and the wrong allocation of resources.
Frees up data- Storage virtualization liberates data from being associated with particular hardware. It helps to maintain replicas of the hardware infrastructure across multiple locations. This makes it easy to recover data after an incident or disaster. This also implies that you can use low-cost storage at the Disaster Recovery site. Thin provisioning ensures you save on disk space, disk power, and hence, the total cost of your disaster recovery preparations
Offers cost benefits- Instead of having separate DAS, SAN, NAS topologies, each of which require their own storage devices and management protocols, one can go for a centralized approach with virtualization.
DNF Corporation helps in virtualizing enterprise storage environments. It’s a certified VMware partner, and carries over 16 years of innovative engineering and configuration experience.
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