1. Consolidate, Simplify and Scale
By consolidating storage through virtualisation, administrators can rapidly reduce the clutter of disparate or stranded systems and simplify the storage infrastructure. When data storage infrastructure is unified with a single management interface, IT can take advantage of higher-level features to enhance efficiency. Unified storage enables organisations to deliver a shared stored services model for multiple applications across the SAN for increased storage utilisation, flexible scalability, improved performance and data availability.
2. Create Agile, Software-Defined Services
In the new software-defined data center (SDDC), infrastructure is virtualised and delivered as a service, and control of the data center is entirely automated by software. Virtualisation and consolidation provide the agility to enable new applications and controlled services levels that respond to changes in business needs and integrate into current environments.
3. Automate to Streamline Operations
With a software-defined infrastructure, virtualisation drives automated efficiency throughout the entire data center environment. Automation enables companies to achieve optimal service levels, simplify provisioning, performance, capacity utilisation and protection. And automated operations are critical for administrators to reliably manage more applications, servers and storage.
4. Leverage Current Assets
With storage virtualisation, companies can extend the life of existing storage systems by giving them new capabilities, such as thin provisioning, dynamic tiering and updated VMware compatibility. They can also reclaim capacity, increase utilisation on their current storage systems and reduce software maintenance costs. Reclamation technologies return unused storage to the virtualised pool as free space, helping to recoup capacity on existing storage resources and improve operating expenditures to manage utilisation.
5. Simplify Online Data Mobility and Migrations
Online data mobility makes it easy to move data, bolsters business continuity, reduces risk, lowers costs and simplifies data migration from old storage environments. Online migration is essential to scale large amounts of data, run higher throughputs and ensure flexibility for various outage windows. Automated data migration enables seamless movement between tiers and subsystems to boost application availability and reduce IT and business risk.
6. Reduce Vendor Dependence
For storage virtualised behind a storage controller, a dual-vendor strategy for storage enables organizations to retain their freedom of choice. They realise lower costs in the critical high-growth area of Tier 2 and 3, and lower-tiered storage. Deployment of dual-vendor strategies can reduce costs and increase innovation, flexibility and choice. Vendors should meet certain criteria, such as open standards, unified interfaces and flexibility, which deliver the greatest interoperability, availability and ability to seamlessly virtualise storage.
7. Ensure Reliability Across the Storage Infrastructure
When heterogeneous storage systems are involved, data protection and compliance with government and internal regulations can be difficult to manage for IT teams with a variety of different systems. Virtualisation technologies provide the foundation for a simplified storage architecture that ensures cost-effective reliability and system-wide compliance. Data consolidated into a unified pool environment allows organisations to deliver a single data protection and compliance strategy that reduces risk of outages, minimises the impact on business operations and lowers total cost of ownership.
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