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Storage Jumps on the Virtualization Bandwagon [IBM]

Servers, Storage and Networking | Posted on November 8, 2010

With the adoption of server virtualization opening the Data Center to a new world of versatility, flexibility and efficiency, the need for this capability throughout the entire Data Center has become more apparent. But, once your servers are virtualized, what’s the next step?

Storage virtualization brings to the storage world what server virtualization brought to the server world. With storage virtualization, you have the ability to grow, manage, manipulate and be more flexible with storage for all applications in the business. This increased management and flexibility will better marry the storage to the servers thus creating a more efficient infrastructure and additional flexibility to better respond to your business needs.

One of the next greatest pain points for every business is storage. This pain can stem from a number of places including:

  • Legal needs to keep data longer due to compliance
  • More demanding SLAs from the organization
  • New application implementations and projects
  • Year over year growth

With any type of growth comes additional issues to overcome and conquer. For instance, what data should live where? and How do we continue to backup and recover data while keeping within the required RPO and RTO?

Storage virtualization products such as IBM’s SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and the new Storwize V7000, can help you prepare for and manage your storage growth. With SVC bearing these capabilities to the storage environment for over 8 years, the technology is not new to IBM. Building on the SVC technology, the Storwize V7000 combines storage capacity with SVC virtualization to fit in small, medium or large businesses.

You may be wondering what exactly these two products, or any storage virtualization products for that matter, can do for your storage environment. Basically, if you have a need to move data without application interruption, want a more flexible DR strategy, have a requirement to scale storage for either capacity and/or performance needs, or want to further enhance your server virtualization environment, then you should consider a plan to start implementing storage virtualization in your environment. In all honesty, there is not a business that would not benefit from it.

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