What is Storage Virtualization?
Storage Virtualization is the concept of replacing the “physical” association of storage to a specific server or operating system, with a “logical” representation of storage, mapped to a physical structure.
Addressing Effective Utilization During Rapid Data Growth
The primary benefit of Storage Virtualization is similar to what is delivered through Server Virtualization: more effective utilization of existing, and sometimes limited, resources. It delivers features and functions that offer flexibility to manage storage as needed by the business, as opposed to by the limitations of the technology.
A Resolution Creating Flexibility in Resource Management
Through storage virtualization, storage system resources may be aggregated and managed as a single unit. Storage managers are presented with capabilities to alter the individual attributes of a given technology in order to provide a more flexible resource for the business.
Common storage virtualization attributes include:
Resize LUNs Add or remove capacity without impact to existing applications
Thin Provisioning Over-allocate capacity, or buy only the capacity that is needed to avoid paying for spinning disks that contain no data
Automated Data Tiering Move data automatically between tiers of disks, so that storage admins are not needed to determine what data is active vs. inactive
Instant Copy / Snapshot Make an instantaneous backup copy of a data set
Replication Incorporate remote mirroring to allow for a more robust disaster recovery
Interoperability Co-exist with disparate technologies, while supporting a “single pane of glass” management
The RIGHTSTOR WORKSHOP Makes Sense…
If you are experiencing management challenges associated with flexibility, performance, or utilization of existing storage systems, or have requirements to provide a solution which allows cross platform management of storage resources, then by going through our RIGHTSTOR process, you will know these technologies are essential.
In the RIGHTSTOR WORKSHOP at Cima, our approach stimulates joint collaboration to create a blueprint which reflects your objectives and ideal infrastructure vision that will address your business needs. We will allow you to discover how to improve operational efficiency and reduce cost through exploring available alternatives, and create an action plan for you to incorporate Storage Virtualization into your infrastructure.
The Value of Storage Virtualization
As described above the benefits of Storage Virtualization are cross functional.
For the IT Professional
For the IT Professional, Storage Virtualization eliminates the need to know the nuances of each vendor’s storage system, because the resources are managed at a higher level. Storage Virtualization also introduces a level of automated management, relieving the storage admin of many manual processes, such as assigning data to a particular tier of storage.
For the Company
Storage Virtualization delivers costs savings to the business by allowing for a more effective utilization of existing resources. As a result, technology lifecycles are extended, which can help defer purchases of additional capacity.
Platform-specific tools and utilities may be eliminated in favor of cross-platform management, further reducing costs. Due to the interoperability aspects of storage virtualization, companies may be able to implement disaster recovery systems sooner, because remote systems can be configured with characteristics that don’t need to mimic those of the primary location.