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Published: 05 Feb 2013

Despite the benefits of virtualizing servers and desktops, admins often struggle to support storage for virtual environments. Here's what vendors are doing to address the problem. The notions of consolidation and aggregation, and the anticipated efficiency gains and lower costs that will be realized from those approaches, have been the primary drivers behind the adoption of server virtualization and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). While virtualization has generally lived up to its promises, with less physical infrastructure needed to support servers, desktops and applications, it has had a less advantageous effect on storage. "With server virtualization and VDI, storage has become one of the main virtualization challenges," said Mark Peters, a senior analyst at Milford, Mass.-based Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). The complexity of shared storage, inconsistent performance related to resource contention caused by virtual machines (VMs) competing for available storage resources, and storage management challenges have been the main areas of concern. As ... Access >>>

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    • Storage for virtual environments by Jacob Gsoedl

      Despite the benefits of virtualizing servers and desktops, admins often struggle to support storage for virtual environments. Here's what vendors are doing to address the problem.

    • Use of cloud-based backup services expanding by Rich Castagna

      Our most recent Storage magazine survey finds that 35% of respondents use multiple cloud-based backup services and have an overall average of 13 TB of data in the cloud.

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      The old fundamentals of data storage protection that required separate processes for backup, DR and archive can't keep up with today's data capacities.

    • The dangers of 3D printing by Jon William Toigo

      Use 3D printing to build your own storage array. Or get a 3D printer and watch your storage array fill up with data.

    • We need a backup data deduplication layer by Jason Buffington

      As backup dedupe matures, it's still very much a proprietary technology. We need standardization to eliminate some of today's software-hardware headaches.

    • Cloud has a silver lining for ROBO storage by Mike Matchett

      Providing and managing storage for remote and branch offices can be a challenge, but a hybrid approach using local and cloud-based storage may be the best solution.

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