Storage Virtualization Gets Real
Storage virtualization can deliver benefits such as better utilization of existing storage, easier provisioning, improved performance of storage systems and applications, and lower-cost disaster recovery. But many different technologies fall under the "storage virtualization" umbrella. We'll use a fictional company to illustrate how small and midsize businesses might craft a storage virtualization strategy that meets different business needs and balances cost and performance trade-offs.
In particular, we'll look at using cloud gateways for faster file services and host-based replication for disaster recovery. We'll show how hybrid storage that combines flash storage and traditional spinning disks can deliver faster performance while controlling costs, but that doing so means sorting through several possible approaches. And last, we'll show how server-side caching done right can improve virtual desktop performance.