Many companies that deploy server virtualisation do not realise how critical shared server storage is to their deployment until it is too late and, ultimately spend all of the savings they gained through server virtualisation on inefficient, expensive server data storage that is unable to scale.
Good server storage solutions achieve operational efficiency, easier management, high availability and high performance.
Companies are in need of server storage and disaster recovery solutions that help address data growth whilst looking to reduce storage crawl. By storage crawl we mean data being spread around the company on hard disc drives on servers and different storage areas, which may or may not be being backed up, have fault tolerance or automated failover.
Server storage solutions that were once considered out of reach for smaller, cost sensitive environments are now possible via a range of innovative and class leading innovations. The latest rack and blade server solutions give you the ability to virtualise systems quickly and to benefit from a virtualised SAN - from anywhere - to avoid downtime.
Implementing the right centralised server storage device ensures better availability of applications and databases and reduces the cost of storing data; spending money on resilience and centralised storage is more logical and cost efficient than stuffing servers full of individual hard disk drives.
As well as consolidating server storage data for better efficiency, using server storage virtualisation we can help migrate data within the server room in a controlled and non-disruptive manner.
Storage virtualisation can:
- Gain performance and scalability - virtualised storage can help you overcome the challenges of an older, siloed environment. It can help improve your server virtualisation ROI with a unique, scalable, clustered architecture that allows you to scale as you need to, with no disruptions or management headaches.
- Easier management - a management console can provide a simple way to control your server storage resources. Simple point-and-click provisioning creates configurations, so it's easy to create, clone and manage volumes.
- More server capacity at lower cost - Data deduplication technology can be included to allow you to store up to 50x more backup data on the same disk footprint.
- Replicate data and create snapshots - the ability to replicate data and create snapshots and point-in-time copies over wide-area distances enables non-disruptive data migration, zero-impact backup, remote replication and instant roll-back so you are better protected.
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