All too often in IT generally—and in storage infrastructures specifically—there’s a tendency for an “assumption gap” to exist. This paper is an attempt to close that gap; in a pragmatic and accessible manner, it covers the real value of storage virtualisation (from both business and IT perspectives) and offers explanations of the varying storage virtualisation approaches with advice on how to make a technology and vendor decision.
One of the key strategies that IT teams are pursuing to reduce capital costs while boosting asset utilisation is the transition to highly virtualised data centers. IDC finds, however, that expectations for further boosts in IT asset use and operational efficiency often fail to materialise due to overloaded storage and data network facilities, overprovision of storage capacity, and a quantum leap in storage/network administration workloads. In combination, these problems can quickly overwhelm any hoped for benefits as the scope of virtual server deployment expands.
This white paper examines the five key characteristics of software that can meet these challenges successfully, and specifically considers the capability of Hitachi IT Operations Analyzer software to meet these demands. Read on.