Virtualizing mixed storage environments [IBM]

The furious pace of data growth – according to Gartner, 650% over the next five years – has led IT decision makers to react by quickly expanding their storage hardware, creating a variety of heterogeneous environments. Unfortunately those environments often work disparately, reducing productivity, disrupting migrations and leading to a whole host of other challenges.

For instance, if you have an IBM DS4700 SAN at 90% utilized and an HP EVA4400 at 30%, you can’t share resources between the two.

This sort of dilemma has led IT pros to the conclusion that it isn’t simply about more storage but rather smarter and more efficient use of storage – which is where virtualization comes in.

While storage virtualization enables large-scale consolidating of heterogeneous storage environments few midrange offerings out there can actually virtualize mixed storage environments easily and effectively – that was, until IBM® Storwize® V7000. [Read more…]

Storage Jumps on the Virtualization Bandwagon [IBM]

With the adoption of server virtualization opening the Data Center to a new world of versatility, flexibility and efficiency, the need for this capability throughout the entire Data Center has become more apparent. But, once your servers are virtualized, what’s the next step?

Storage virtualization brings to the storage world what server virtualization brought to the server world. With storage virtualization, you have the ability to grow, manage, manipulate and be more flexible with storage for all applications in the business. This increased management and flexibility will better marry the storage to the servers thus creating a more efficient infrastructure and additional flexibility to better respond to your business needs.

One of the next greatest pain points for every business is storage. This pain can stem from a number of places including: [Read more…]