Architecting Storage in Virtualized Environments

    Virtualization enables dramatic increases in utilization and efficiency. However, without proper planning, virtualization can present major challenges, which include greater complexity, higher management costs, and time-consuming backups. One key consideration in launching a virtualization project is choosing the correct storage platform. Unfortunately, today’s legacy storage platforms were designed before virtualization, high-density disk drives, and flash memory were introduced.

    Understanding the latest developments in storage technology is crucial when planning a virtual server storage architecture to reduce your long-term total cost of ownership (TCO) for primary and backup storage, as well as network-related expenses for backup and disaster recovery. Choosing the wrong storage architecture can dramatically impair your ability to provide application resources and recoverability.

    This documentation will help you understand how recent storage advancements can help you gain the maximum benefits from your virtual server environment.