Seven reasons to adopt Storage Virtualization

Over at SearchStorage.com.AU they recently published an article entitled Six reasons to adopt storage virtualisation.   You can find the article here.     The six given reasons are:

  1. Storage virtualisation reduces complexity
  2. Storage virtualisation makes it easier to allocate storage
  3. Better disaster recovery
  4. Better tiered storage
  5. Virtual storage improves server virtualisation
  6. Virtual storage lets you take advantage of advanced virtualisation features

Its a well written article and I agree with every point. But one could be forgiven for reading the article and thinking that either storage virtualisation is new, or that storage virtualisation is something you might consider AFTER doing server virtualisation.   Both of which are not true.

IBM embraced storage virtualisation in June 2003 when we announced our SAN Volume Controller (the IBM SVC).    I even found a CNET.com article from way back then.  You can find it here (the image below is a screen capture of that CNET website).

IBM’s SVC product has been enhanced repeatedly since 2003 with an enormous list of supported host servers and backend storage controllers.   We have added new functions every year including Easy Tier, split cluster, VAAI, an enhanced GUI and a new form factor for the SVC code in the form of the Storwize V7000.

So let me give you a seventh reason for adopting storage virtualisation:   A vendor who has shown genuine support for this technology.  No vendor has embraced storage virtualisation with more enthusiasm than IBM.  We have an industry leading solution with phenomenal SPC benchmarks, an enormous number of case studies and an architecture that does not lock you in.   Indeed it is an architecture that can grow as you grow and that can be upgraded without disruption.

So please consider storage virtualisation from IBM, using either the SVC or the Storwize V7000.    If your in Australia, we have demo centers dotted around the country.   Many of our Business Partners can also demonstrate IBM storage virtualisation using their own Storwize V7000s.   If your in Melbourne feel free to give me a call and schedule a time to drop into Southgate.

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About Anthony Vandewerdt

I am an IT Professional who lives and works in Melbourne Australia. This blog is totally my own work. It does not represent the views of any corporation. Constructive and useful comments are very very welcome.
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