The Benefits of Virtual Data Storage

Storage virtualization abstracts the management of storage away from physical hardware, and creates a central pool of storage capacity. This allows applications to be run on a single or smaller number of servers. It also removes dependencies between data accessible at the level of the file and its physical location on the server, making it easier to maximize storage usage, perform non-disruptive file migrations and much more.

Storage virtualization is an important element of modern IT environments. It can improve IT operations and help reduce costs. It helps organizations reduce overhead by reducing the number of physical servers required for each application, and it makes it easier to transition to new technology platforms.

Virtual storage of data can simplify the IT environment because it reduces the amount of hardware needed to support applications. Historically, every application required its own hardware, for example, print servers or email servers. With traditional data storage models companies typically overcrowded their datacenters with costly and redundant hardware. Storage virtualization allows an IT team to streamline their approach and decrease the costs of maintaining an intricate datacenter.

Virtual storage allows an organization to consolidate its server SAN while reducing CAPEX. The same internal drives can be utilized for both reasons. It is also possible to achieve better efficiency and greater utilization of storage by using multiple storage arrays as well as disks into a single pool that is accessible by all servers in the SAN.