How not to get stung by storage virtualization: Part 2

In Part 1 of this post, I blogged about how more and more companies are catching on to the value and importance of virtually storing their data. Storage virtualization offers the flexibility to simplify and modernize IT systems and control costs with as little disruption to a business’s data availability as possible. But while it can be a boon to a company’s ability to use available resources efficiently and cost-effectively, there are some risks.

I’ve already touched on two risks – failed implementation and challenges with interoperability. Here are three more:

Risk 3: The challenge of complexity

An important objective of virtualization is reducing and hiding the complexity associated with managing discrete devices. But while a virtual storage infrastructure benefits from a single point of logical disk and replication service management, there can still be some complications. According to informIT.com:

“…although shared storage represents a major technological advance over direct-attached storage, it has introduced its own complexity in terms of implementation and support.”

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