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Storage for virtual environments
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of February 2013 Vol. 11 No. 12
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 ...
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