To help you get a handle on storage and storage management for virtual servers, we’ve collected our top tips and articles on managing data in a virtual server environment. Read our virtual server tutorial to see what storage platforms work well in a virtual server environment; find out if storage resource management (SRM) software is a good fit for your virtual server platform; get our top five tips on storage management for virtual servers; see what the biggest management and maintenance concerns are for data storage managers; and listen to a podcast on storage management for virtual servers.
This virtual server tutorial explores how well different storage technologies – network-attached storage (NAS), Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs) and iSCSI SANs -- support a virtual server environment. The report also outlines the available VMware vStorage APIs and which storage vendors support them in their products. In addition, one of our storage experts explains what VMware has done to improve the way its products work with storage and how Microsoft Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer compare, and offers up advice on choosing the right data storage. Read the full virtual server tutorial.
In the past few years, storage resource management software has gained the ability to analyze storage that's used for virtual server environments. This is important because the speed with which new virtual machines are created causes bottlenecks and capacity problems that are difficult to manage. Find out how SRM software can help manage some of these problems.
If you have trouble managing all of the data in your virtual servers, these five tips will help you know your storage workloads; avoid intense disk I/O; use space efficiently; avoid unnecessary I/O operations; and use the right storage for your workloads. Read the full five tips about managing storage in a virtual server environment in more detail.
Virtual server environments and physical environments are very different. Because virtual machines share hosts and resources, the environment can often become unpredictable, and IT must tackle management of virtual servers with a completely different approach than physical environments. This tip dives into the management and maintenance concerns of a virtual server environment including optimization, how to simplify storage, real-time monitoring tools and more. Read the full story on virtual server management and maintenance concerns.
In this FAQ podcast, Greg Schulz, founder and senior analyst at the StorageIO Group, discusses how to manage data on your virtual servers. See what you need to consider when choosing data management tools, how well storage vendors are supporting virtualized server environments, how to simplify management for your virtual servers, and the pros and cons of SRM tools for server virtualization. Listen to the full Q&A on managing data in a virtualized server environment.
This was first published in April 2011