Guide to implementing storage for virtual environments

Virtualizing and consolidating your server environment creates challenges for storage administrators. This guide explains how to choose the best shared storage approach for a virtualized server deployment and how to prevent poor storage utilization on consolidated servers.

Virtualizing and consolidating servers introduces critical challenges for the storage infrastructure. In this guide,

presented by SearchServerVirtualization.com and SearchStorage.com, you will learn how how to select the best shared storage approach for a virtualized server deployment and how to prevent poor storage utilization on consolidated servers.

Architecture

The first section of the guide discusses the architectural considerations for virtualized storage environments. In this chapter, storage administrators will learn about the issues they'll face in a virtualized server environment, such as NPIV. You can also browse the responses of experts to questions from storage administrators about building effective virtualized server infrastructures.

Operations/management

From an operational perspective, implementing server virtualization technologies presents management challenges in many areas: capacity planning, asset management, fault management, configuraiton management and security management. Learn how to overcome these problems in the second section of the guide, which discusses operations/management considerations related to running virtualized server environments.

Backup

Need to know how to perform a VMware consolidated backup? Or perform virtual machine backup within the host operating system? The third chapter of the guide addresses the issues involves in choosing backup systems and processes for virtualized environments.

Disaster recovery

How does making preparations for disaster recovery differ in virtual machine environments? In the fourth section of the guide you'll learn how virtualization can improve your disaster recovery plan . . .if you follow the suggestions from experts such as Chris Wolf. A more in-depth article on the specific storage array considerations involved in getting data from a production site to a DR site is now available in PDF format.

This was first published in October 2007

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