The technology of Virtualization has made many enterprises more agile and quick to respond to business challenges. However, as every technology is filled with some challenges, the technology of virtualization also comes with some pitfalls.
A study conducted by Tegile Systems and ActualTech Media on the “State of Storage in Virtualization” has proved that hybrid storage plays a vital role in mitigating virtualization issues. The following lines explore the results of this research, highlighting the state of virtualization within the data center, common challenges, and the technology being leveraged to rise above these hurdles.
The adoption of virtualization has increased in recent years as a rising number of enterprises of all sizes are turning to virtual machines to power more and larger workloads. That’s due to the benefits offered by virtualization such as better workload capabilities and resources utilization, enhanced disaster recovery and lower power consumption. This has helped organizations in reducing their costs and increase productivity within the data center.
As the adoption of virtualization is increasing in data centers, decision makers in these environments are now opting to virtualize more mission critical systems. Sixty-six percent of respondents are using virtualized Microsoft SQL workloads, 53 percent have virtualized file sharing processes, and nearly half of respondents have virtualized Microsoft SharePoint and Exchange.
Thus, the said adoption surge is placing a unique burden on storage systems to support unique performance and capacity of each application.
This is where flash adoption can help. But only 3 percent are running an all-flash data center and that’s due to the fact that flash based solutions are expensive.
Hybrid storage adoption is getting more popular in this segment and this was also revealed in the Tegile survey in which 47% of survey respondents agreed that they deployed hybrid storage hardware in their environments to tackle the challenges of virtualized storage.
Also Hybrid and All-Flash systems generate dramatically better data reduction outcomes, validating the storage capacity benefits of switching from all-disk systems. With respondents who reported a 10:1 data reduction ratio, 78 percent of respondents are running a hybrid storage environment. Those respondents who reported virtually no data reduction typically are running an all-disk system environment.
With the use of multiple vendors and protocols, data centers are not getting any simpler and that’s due to the fact that storage environments are getting more complicated. Tegile survey reveals that fifty-six percent of respondents are working in organizations with a multi-protocol environment, and 63 percent of respondents report using more than one storage vendor for their organization’s primary data.
For virtualization, Fibre Channel and iSCSI are used by 48 percent and 42 percent of respondents, respectively. Meanwhile, 53 percent of respondents indicate that they experience storage performance issues, and 58 percent indicate capacity issues. This lack of multi-protocol support creates storage silos, increases costs, and adds complexity for data center admins.
StoneFly, Inc. is one such California based company which has been offering solutions as per the industry needs from time to time. StoneFly’s Flash Voyager DX Series is an all flash based iSCSI storage which helps in scaling up to 200 terabytes of storage or over Petabytes of tiered (SSD+ SAS) storage.
Additionally, users of Flash Voyager DX also can get an optional Fibre Channel SAN storage in the same appliance which is good for performance oriented applications.
With a patented and award winning StoneFusion SAN operating system redundancy and active/active connectivity can be availed to gain appliance redundancy and increased system performance. Additionally the Flash Voyager DX offers cost-effective expansion via optional Flash Expansion Arrays and Flash Expansion Units.
The Flash Voyager DX was designed to support StoneFly’s latest StoneFusion 8.0 operating system with built-in optimized data deduplication technologies for increased storage efficiency. StoneFly’s data deduplication capability allows users to fit 5x to 137x more data within the same storage footprint without reducing overall performance. This extreme storage optimization minimizes the cost outlay for flash-based disks which are typically more expensive than their spindle-based counterparts.
So, as StoneFly Flash Voyager DX is All-flash as well as Hybrid storage, deploying it in virtualized environments will offer better workload capabilities and resources utilization, enhanced disaster recovery and lower power consumption which overall leads to reduction in costs and increase in productivity within the data center.
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