Steady march toward storage virtualization

Fifty-six percent of our readers have virtualized at least some of their installed storage. Those who have cite easier management of storage systems and data as a key benefit.

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Fifty-six percent of our readers have virtualized at least some of their installed storage. Those who have cite easier management of storage systems and data as a key benefit.

Storage virtualization has been around as long (or longer) than its server-side cousin, but lags in deployments because it’s a bigger job to virtualize storage. Still, 56% of readers tell us they’re “there” with at least some of their installed storage virtualized. Of those, 78% have virtualized file storage and 51% their block storage. If you think these are pilot projects, you’re probably wrong: virtualizers report an average of 51% of their file storage has been virtualized and a whopping 73% for block. Virtualizing in the storage array is the most popular method (55%), but host-based virtualization is gaining (39%). For those who have taken the plunge, the benefits are clear: 39% cite more efficient use of installed capacity and 28% say it’s easier to manage storage systems and data. If it’s so good, what’s holding up the rest of us? Twenty-eight percent lack the funds, 25% don’t fully grasp the benefits and 20% are fine without storage virtualization. Among non-virtualizers, 13% will evaluate it this year, while 52% might consider it.

Storage virtualization benefits

Percent installed virtualized storage

Where implemented storage virtualization?

Percent of companies virtualizing storage

"We should have looked into storage virtualization sooner. Virtualizing our primary storage was the best thing that happened in 2011 for our IT staff." -- Survey respondent

 

BIO: Rich Castagna is editorial director of the Storage Media Group.

This was first published in March 2012
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