Storage virtualization is data storage that is software-defined. Storage virtualization allows data from multiple physical storage devices from a variety of networks, vendors, locations, and data centers to be combined and integrated so they appear as a single virtual storage device that is simple enough for general IT staff to handle via software.
Here are 7 ways storage virtualization can benefit your business.
#1 Save money by organizing, sharing and optimizing your data and storage space. Virtualization cuts server sprawl and requires less hardware than the traditional single function per server environment does. This in turn reduces costs for hardware, maintenance, and specialized IT staff.
#2 More easily find, compile, and manage your data since your data storage is organized and integrated.
#3 Quickly and inexpensively increase or decrease your storage without having to purchase new hardware, spend a lot of time provisioning it, or have unused hardware. Storage virtualization is scalable according to whatever your company’s needs may be. Deployment and inventory can be handled from the same console.
#4 Streamline changing and provisioning storage devices. There’s no need to physically go to
the data center and change cables, add new drives, etc.
#5 Improve reliability and performance. Storage virtualization tools can be used to load balance real-time. It also reduces downtime by providing nearly instant failover and granular recovery during failure events.
#6 Automate data backups. Schedule snapshots of storage resources and backup or recover data at any time. It’s easy to copy data from one device to another at any location.
#7 Improve security. Virtual storage usually has better security than on-site storage, saving you from costly security breaches.
NSC Information Technology Group offers IT consulting to help you determine the best use of virtualization within your company, as well as help you plan and map out the implementation process. Our experts can handle all of your IT virtualization outsourcing needs, including implementing and deploying storage virtualization.