As you continue to prepare for your storage virtualization project, you’ll hear some technical jargon on how you should be implementing your hardware and software. While a skilled consultant can lead you through the exact steps to follow, here are some best practices for your storage virtualization implementation below:
1. Partition Your Storage Hardware
Want to make sure your newly virtualized storage resources provide sufficient levels of performance to all your business applications? Consider partitioning your storage hardware. Virtual partitioning allows logical partitioning of the physical ports, cache memory, and disks on the virtualized storage platform. You’re then able to beef up security by limiting access so the administrator of one partition can’t access data in another partition. Virtual partitioning also allows you to optimize application performance within a partition. By allotting a fixed amount of cache memory to a partition, the application gets the mandatory resources and won’t be affected by any other application. Your tasks might include configuring internal and external storage platforms, reliant on the size of your storage environment.
2. Implement Tiered Storage
Saving the most amount of money possible is normally one of the biggest concerns when corporations are looking to implement their storage virtualization projects. One way to do this is to utilize virtualized tiered storage architecture. With this type of configuration, you’re able to optimize your storage by using a set of intuitive tools.
Tiered storage saves you money by storing your organization’s mission-critical data on your newest and fastest hardware giving you the highest levels of availability. Your IT department is then able to migrate the less important data to lower availability and lower cost hardware. Ultimately, you’ll get more use out of your hardware and you’ll meet your business users’ needs into the future without purchasing more hardware.
3. Use Dynamic Provisioning
Also, during your storage virtualization experience, you’ll discover new opportunities to allocate your resources more efficiently. As you probably know, the original approach to allocation when adding a terabyte of storage hardware with a certain server, is allocating the whole volume to that server. With dynamic or thin provisioning, you divide that additional terabyte of storage in tinier blocks as necessary. For example, if your server only needs 500 GB in the near future, the other 700 GB will remain available for use by other servers when they exceed their existing storage volumes.
Life will become easier for your IT team, who won’t have to worry about managing storage one server at a time. Instead, they’ll be able to allocate resources from one, centralized pool. Your organization will also be at liberty to free up any unused storage resources. Your IT staff will then be able to postpone or possibly eliminate the need for certain storage hardware purchases, resulting in more money remaining for your most critical IT projects.
4. Migrating Your Data to Accelerated Appliances
Since you’re already taking on a significant storage challenge, a project that could require major downtime, why not take this chance to migrate your data to faster and more energy-efficient data storage hardware as well? This idea of migrating data may invoke some horrid images of previous projects gone awry. But with storage virtualization, you smoothly migrate your data without interrupting the flow of your business.
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