Provides shared storage cost effectively
Storage Virtual Appliance’s (SVA) are a very cost effective solution not only from a point of sale aspect but also on daily operations. It’s easy to see where an SVA saves you money on initial purchase, especially when compared to a physical SAN / NAS, but an SVA continues to be cost effect beyond this.
An SVA does not depreciate in value like physical hardware and is not prone to expensive routine maintenance and upgrades commonly seen in physical storage solutions, supported SVA customers can simply keep with the times with a few clicks of the mouse
A physical SAN or NAS is essentially a single point of failure, if it fails your data is unavailable until it is brought back online, which depending on the technically trained staff available may take hours and often in Multi-Site retail environments, days!
As an SVA is mirroring data over 2+ servers any of the SVA’s or servers can fail without the business losing access to the critical data. An SVA such as SvSAN can be managed centrally within vCenter, enabling IT administrators to get any downed server/SVA back online quickly.
Leverage the benefits of High Availability, vMotion, and DRS
Shared storage unlocks the real benefits of VMware that are required to achieve true business continuity. Features such as High Availability, vMotion and DRS ensure that your business critical information is always available and that you get the most out of your environments.
Scale performance and capacity as needs grow
SVA’s leverage existing server capacity and resources for mirroring and can be extended to include additional servers as you require. To get more out of your SVA simply update some of the server hardware, add more disc’s, replace servers etc
Share datastores across clustered ESXi servers
Datastores can be made readily available to any servers in the cluster making data even more readily available to users.
Doesn’t require specialized training
SVA’s are simple and do not require any specialist training or staff meaning that existing staff would be able to get to grips with the technology quickly and easily.
As a result Remote Office/Branch office environments and SMB’s no longer need additional Technical IT staff locally.