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Take the stress out of storage

September 2016

By Jim Rapoza, Senior Research Analyst & Editorial Director, Information Technology

Many CIOs and IT executives fully understand the gains achieved through server virtualization. They know that effective use of this technology can greatly reduce their hardware costs, along with cooling and electrical expenses, by taking a room full of servers and replacing it with just a few systems running many virtual servers. But, they may not know that they can achieve the same, very real benefits through the adoption of virtual storage. And organizations that fail to make storage a key component of their virtualization efforts could be putting themselves in a bad position.

That’s because Aberdeen Group research has shown, that like server virtualization, virtual storage makes it possible for organizations to greatly reduce their hardware and resource costs, while improving reliability, performance, agility and the ability to scale their storage. These benefits are valuable for all organizations but can be especially critical for small and midsize businesses.

With virtual storage, those big storage arrays can be transformed into a much smaller hardware footprint. Additionally, not only is there no compromise in performance, reliability, or scalability, in most cases, these things improve with virtual storage. For example businesses using virtual storage often find improved results in their use of performance intensive technologies such as big data.

And with virtual storage, innovative organizations can move closer to the ideal of a software-defined infrastructure by leveraging Software-Defined Storage (SDS), which enables them to quickly build virtual arrays, scale their architecture and future-proof their storage needs and infrastructure.

In fact, when Aberdeen looked at organizations using virtual storage and compared them to businesses not taking advantage of this technology, we found that they achieved a number of key benefits, including:

  • A significant reduction in storage costs – Businesses using virtual storage are nine times more likely to see a reduction in IT spending dedicated to storage.
  • Better performance and faster deployments – Over a third of businesses using virtual storage saw faster server and application deployments.
  • A more reliable storage infrastructure – 49% of organizations using virtual storage have seen a reduction in application downtime.
  • Happy end-users and business partners – With virtual storage deployed, end-users of IT storage resources are 32% more likely to be happy with the service they receive from IT, when compared to end-users at businesses without virtual storage.
  • Lower overall IT costs – Businesses using virtual storage are 33% more likely to see a reduction in their overall IT spending, a benefit which can be especially critical for small and midsize businesses.

Other benefits reported by organizations with virtual storage include reduced management requirements for SAN devices and a reduction in storage hardware needs.

Like server virtualization , virtual storage is the way that storage is done, now and in the future. With virtual storage, organizations reduce costs and management headaches, improve their agility, boost their ability to leverage new technologies such as software-defined data centers and the cloud, and mainly, get out of the old ways of doing IT and building IT infrastructures.

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