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Searching for Intelligent Storage for Virtual Workloads

I've been paying close attention this year to the storage platforms my clients are relying on for their virtualization and private cloud deployments. The virtualization mega-trend has dramatically changed the way data and workloads are sized, controlled and protected. But traditional networked storage solutions are all too often rigid, complex and inefficient.

Many storage platforms simply weren't designed for the workload variability and rate of change that are the new "normal." Companies I speak with now demand storage that handles all types of server virtualization, rapidly expanding and massive data sets, and performance-hungry, business-critical database and productivity apps--simultaneously.

Server virtualization has made some promises that traditional SAN, NAS and unified solutions haven't been able to keep. It has promised that we can have it both ways: consolidation and simplicity, flexibility plus efficiency, mobility without downtime. There's a lot of intelligence in your hypervisor to deliver these benefits.

But how intelligent is your storage?

We've just completed a review of the essential elements of intelligent storage, and how Dell is building intelligence into the company's EqualLogic storage portfolio. I encourage you to check it out. And you can also read Dell's take on our research.

  • Premiered: 10/06/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Intelligent Storage scale-out Server Virtualization Virtualization Dell EqualLogic NAS SAN


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