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Storage Infrastructure Considerations in a Virtual Server Environment

Published: 15 December 2009

ID: G00173117

Analyst(s): Robert E. Passmore, Valdis Filks


While server virtualization provides a solution in consolidating servers, from a wider system perspective, additional cost benefits can be achieved if storage solutions and management processes are designed into the project from the early stages.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Storage and Server Virtualization Are Fundamentally Different
    • Motion Tools Optimize Virtual Servers: Storage Is Constant
    • Storage Can't Rely on Another Layer: The Lender of Last Resort
    • The Performance Differential Between Storage and CPU Affects Everything
  • Storage Considerations in a Server-Virtualized Infrastructure
    • Storage Utilization
    • Reduction Technologies
    • Storage Management and Configuration
    • Performance
    • Backup and Recovery (B&R) Considerations
    • Protocol and Storage Connection Considerations
    • New Storage Technologies for Virtualized Environments
    • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

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