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Tools to manage virtual server storage
This article is part of the December 2013 Vol. 12 No. 10 issue of Storage magazine
Virtual server storage threw a monkey wrench into the works of supervising data storage, but a well-assembled toolkit can help restore comprehensive management. Configuring and maintaining storage at its most efficient level isn't an easy task, and it becomes an even bigger challenge in virtual server environments. With storage arrays attached to physical servers (hosts), and hypervisors virtualizing and orchestrating the allocation of physical resources to virtual machines (VM), the ability to correlate virtualized storage resources used by VMs to physical storage components has become more complex. While it's a relatively simple task to troubleshoot and identify the root cause of a storage performance problem for a specific application running on a physical machine with directly attached storage without using special tools, that's simply not the case in virtualized environments. It takes the help of effective management tools to resolve a comparable challenge in an application running within a VM on a host with other VMs that ...
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