The Business Motivations for Storage Virtualization
What are the business motivations for storage virtualization and exactly what benefits it can deliver? Learn the basics of the various storage virtualization approaches, their features, and limitations.
Storage virtualization has been around for several decades. While technologies have advanced and capabilities have become more sophisticated over time, the motivations for virtualizing resources and the anticipated benefits have remained relatively stable. Virtualized resources create pools that enable data to be consolidated into smaller numbers of storage systems, resulting in higher utilization and management efficiencies. This white paper describes the business motivations for storage virtualization and the benefits it can deliver, along with descriptions of basic storage virtualization approaches and comparisons of their features and limitations.