StorageShort: The Impact of Virtualization Intensity on Storage

From the moment that VMware started to move into production, it has strained the storage infrastructure. The impact of running multiple virtual machines (VMs) on the same server at the same time pushed traditional disk-based storage systems to their breaking point. Flash storage was the quick-fix, but its high initial costs and “afterthought” implementation lead to limited use. Flash did, however, ease the burden and virtualized infrastructures intensified.

The intensity of virtualization is increasing because the number of hosts increased and the number of virtual machines per host increase. Virtualization intensity is also increasing because IT professionals are virtualizing mission-critical applications like MS-SQL, Exchange, Oracle and others. As a result, the pressure on the storage infrastructure to deliver cost-effective performance is also increasing. It is clear that a little bit of flash was not enough. Join Storage Switzerland’s George Crump and Tegile’s Chris Tsilipounidakis for this 3-minute Storage Short as they discuss the impact of increased virtualization intensity on the storage infrastructure.

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Twelve years ago George Crump founded Storage Switzerland with one simple goal; to educate IT professionals about all aspects of data center storage. He is the primary contributor to Storage Switzerland and is a heavily sought after public speaker. With over 25 years of experience designing storage solutions for data centers across the US, he has seen the birth of such technologies as RAID, NAS and SAN, Virtualization, Cloud and Enterprise Flash. Prior to founding Storage Switzerland he was CTO at one of the nation's largest storage integrators where he was in charge of technology testing, integration and product selection.

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