Storage virtualization is fast becoming one of the most sought after services on the market at the moment, the ability to have an affordable storage solution without the grief and un-reliability of physical hardware. Consumers have found themselves been drawn to the attractiveness of Cloud Storage, but when it comes to business needs cloud storage does not fit the bill, the thought of having business data stored externally opens up the risks in security and availability of data which is not an option.
Data is the fuel to business continuity and without constant access the business can very easily grind to halt, many businesses spend a small fortune investing into some form of reliable network infrastructure with the ultimate goal of achieving High Availability. But achieving High Availability is not always an easy task and the unfortunate truth is that Physical SAN’s are too expensive for many small to medium sized enterprises.
So what so choices do you have? Spend capital best served elsewhere, do without or Virtualization.
Storage virtualization is the answer, by utilizing spare storage on your existing servers with a good Storage Virtualization Appliance such as the SvSAN from StorMagic you can mirror that storage and present it as a Virtual Shared SAN. By doing this not only have you created a more productive and efficient network environment you have also unlocked the much needed ability to utilize High Availability, VMwares, vMotion and DRS.
Virtualization is the future for business continuity with physical hardware becoming a thing of the past driving technology more towards reducing the amount and size of physical hardware to be replaced by streamlined software with the aim of making life simpler and more affordable.