Today's data demands have increased the complexity of enterprise storage environments, straining resources and increasing costs. Storage virtualization can provide the sought-after relief, delivering significant near-term and long-term savings via flexibility and scalability. Virtualization has proved its worth regarding servers and networking, and is now quickly becoming the go-to tactic for efficient resource management.
While almost any organization with large storage needs can benefit from virtualization, there are certain enterprises that are particularly viable candidates for reaping these benefits:
- Organizations such as banks, financial institutions and healthcare organizations, which have regulatory requirements to store data for several years
- Organizations that need to maintain transaction logs for billing as well as regulatory purposes, such as telecom companies
- Organizations such as gas and oil companies that produce large amounts of data that must be analyzed to make business decisions
- Organizations that sell digital data, such as the entertainment and media industries
Despite the benefits of storage virtualization, it is not a one-size-fits-all panacea. Because there are so many different available configurations, it's important to determine which bests suits the particular storage environment. Most organizations ease into storage virtualization, addressing older storage first and then as they become more familiar with the technology they gradually add other pieces of storage architecture.
Read more in the PC Today article, 'Storage Virtualization: Companies Benefit from Better Performance, Efficiency and More.'
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