Storage Storage Virtualization - Buying Guide:

Storage Virtualization - Buying Guide

Storage virtualization alleviates the traditional problems of storage growth by implementing a layer of abstraction between applications and physical storage, allowing storage to be combined and treated as a ubiquitous resource, regardless of location. This Buying Guide helps you to understand the most important considerations involved in storage virtualization product selection, identify specific points of interest for storage virtualization software, hardware, and VSAN product categories and present a series of basic product specifications that will help you pick the best product for your organization.

  • Storage virtualization hardware

    The choice of storage virtualization hardware plays a crucial role in virtualization, so users must understand the capabilities and limitations of storage virtualization hardware deployment. Now that you've reviewed the essential issues involved in any virtualization product, this guide focuses on the specific considerations of virtualization hardware. You'll also find a series of specifications to help make on-the-spot product comparisons between vendors.

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  • Storage virtualization software

    This guide focuses on specific considerations for key storage virtualization software products. You'll also find a series of specifications to help make on-the-spot product comparisons between storage virtualization software vendors, like DataCore Software Corp., EMC Corp., FalconStor Software Inc. and IBM.

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  • General storage virtualization purchase considerations

    While storage can be virtualized in a variety of ways, the ultimate objective is to improve storage utilization (reducing or forestalling capital expenditures) and enhance the effectiveness of storage management. This first chapter highlights key purchase considerations that apply to storage virtualization software and hardware, as well as virtual SAN products.

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  • Virtual SANs

    Virtual SANs partition the physical SAN into logical sections. Virtualization can also be used to combine SAN islands into a single SAN entity. This eases troubleshooting and other network disruptions, and divides the SAN into smaller elements that are easier to manage, change and build out. Now that you've reviewed the essential issues involved in any virtualization product, this guide focuses on the specific considerations for key virtual SAN products. You'll also find a series of specifications to help make on-the-spot product comparisons between vendors.

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