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Management tools. Some available storage resource management (SRM) products support server virtualization.
- If you have SRM software, talk to your vendor to see if it supports (or plans to support) virtual server environments. Ask which technologies it plans to support and when.
- If you don't have SRM software, investigate the products that support virtualized server environments. Make sure the products support your storage environment as well as your planned/existing server virtualization environment.
Manual solutions. Lastly, there's the age-old manual-correlation effort. This consists of filling out spreadsheets to track the actual path from the virtual host to the storage. This is a time- and resource-consuming exercise
The momentum surrounding server virtualization can't be ignored because the benefits are too great. The best way to adapt to this change is to make sure you're prepared for it. And the best way to start is by understanding and embracing the value of a virtual server world, while keeping in mind all the potential problems that can (and will) develop. If you can't see it or find it, you can't fix it.
This was first published in September 2007