Managing storage for virtual servers


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Use thin provisioning

It’s very easy for storage in virtual environments to grow out of control, as virtual machines are relatively easy

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to create. This is especially true in on-demand environments. Thin provisioning ensures that disk space is consumed only by data that’s written to the disk by the host, rather than reserving a fixed image for each VM. The feature can be implemented in the hypervisor and is a common option with most storage platforms.

Use vendor plug-ins

Almost all enterprise and midrange storage platforms offer plug-ins for centralized management tools like VMware vCenter. This provides a “single-pane-of-glass” view of both virtual servers and storage, in many cases allowing the storage to be configured directly from the vCenter console. In organizations without dedicated storage teams, this can significantly reduce the work of an IT administrator.

This was first published in April 2012

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