Storage virtualization abstracts the storage management of physical hardware and creates a central pool of storage capacity. This allows applications that are run on a single server or a limited number of servers. This also eliminates the connection between data access at the level of the file and the physical location of the server. This makes it simpler to optimize storage, conduct non-disruptive files migrations, and more.
Storage virtualization is an important element of modern IT environments. It offers significant benefits that significantly enhance IT operations and reduce costs. It helps organizations reduce costs by reducing the number of servers needed for each application. It can also make it easier to switch to new technology platforms.
The biggest benefit of virtual data storage is that it helps to simplify the IT environment by decreasing the amount physical hardware required to support applications. In the past, every application needed its own hardware, for example, print servers or email servers. Traditional data storage models companies overcrowded their datacenters due to costly and redundant hardware. Storage virtualization allows an IT team to streamline their approach and reduce costs of maintaining a complex datacenter.
By using virtual storage, an organisation can consolidate its server SAN and reduce its CAPEX by using the same internal drives to serve both purposes. It is also possible to achieve better performance and higher storage utilization by combining multiple storage arrays and disks into one pool that can be accessed by all the servers in the SAN.