Virtualization has had an incredible impact on the use of IT as a means to helping companies achieve their business goals. The power of software-defined architectures frees us from many of the physical constraints of hardware and allows us to optimize all the resources we have at our disposal, making the use of IT much more economical, scalable, and flexible. The benefits afforded through virtualization are so great that its popularity has now expanded from its initial server implementations to storage and networking systems.
In a recent report by Aberdeen Group that looks at “The Very Real Benefits of Adopting Virtual Storage”, Jim Rapoza, Senior Research Analyst, observes that “We are living in an increasingly virtual world.” He’s right. And this can be a real boon for many smaller and midsize companies.
Often smaller businesses are constrained by finite resources. They value solutions that work to reduce expenses and improve productivity. Similar to the benefits offered through server virtualization, software-defined storage is designed to optimize the use of resources; specifically storage resources. Virtualized storage helps businesses greatly reduce their hardware and resource costs, while improving reliability, agility, and the ability to scale their storage.
As evidenced in a recent Aberdeen survey, when you virtualize your storage, you set yourself up to benefit in three important ways:
1. Reduce hardware and resource costs
Respondents to the study reported that 35% of virtual storage adopters reduced their overall IT expenses and 33% reduced their number of SAN (Storage Area Network) devices. Making unused space available for other applications allowed them to consolidate onto fewer resources. Storage management improved as well, with 39% reporting that they were able to reduce their time devoted to SAN device management.
2. Improve reliability and performance
In the same survey, 49% of the organizations reported a reduction in application downtime. Storage virtualization optimized the use of their storage with tools that responded in real-time to workload changes. It ensured constant access to business applications, providing load balancing and failover across systems and sites. It also featured unlimited snapshots for rapid, granular recovery in case of an unexpected failure.
3. Improve agility and ability to scale
One of the biggest challenges facing small and midsize companies today is centered on scaling storage for growing IT requirements. Happily, one of the greatest advantages offered by virtualized storage is the flexibility it provides for growth. By abstracting the physical and logical components of storage, you can single out a resource and make it available at different times for one application or another. This allows you to assign storage resources on-the-fly in accordance with your applications’ needs from a single pane of glass. This way, the storage can scale with you as your needs change.
HPE Just Right IT virtualized storage for small business
HPE has been providing smaller organizations with purpose-built products designed to address their specific needs with its HPE Just Right IT portfolio of products and services for years. Engineered to grow with you, they provide the enterprise-grade reliability you need at the price point you can afford. Products like the newly released StoreVirtual 3200 provide you with simple, reliable and affordable solutions that bring all the benefits and capabilities of storage virtualization within the reach of those who can benefit from it the most.
Learn more about how storage virtualization can help smaller businesses in Joe Hewitson’s article on the PULSE of IT “How storage virtualization can help SMBs solve their top IT challenges”.