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Is Your Virtualized Infrastructure As Efficient As It Should Be?

Virtualization plays a huge role in business from medium to enterprise level and it’s quickly becoming increasingly more important to deploy storage media that will allow companies to access data and improve their overall workflow. With the capacity requirements of storage constantly on the rise, implementing an efficient storage solution is one of the most challenging prerequisites of any dynamic or modern business especially one that ticks all the boxes, ensuring that your business is able to store valuable data with high performance and reliability, whilst providing optimal efficiency and business continuity for an undisturbed workflow.
Data storage solutions do not have to be budget breaking, cost thousands for maintenance or add more than it’s worth to the power-bill. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be complicated to use, instead a virtualized storage solution may be right up your alley.

“What is storage virtualisation?” that’s the question you’re probably asking yourself right now. You’ve more than likely heard of virtualization software brands VMware, Hyper-V and Citrix; these are all related to the Virtualization of servers and desktops, which is quickly becoming a popular method of reducing IT footprint, overheads and allows for a mobile workforce, giving you the ability to work anywhere at anytime.

But the real question to ask is this; how do you efficiently store data in a virtualized environment?

A Synology NAS solution can provide:

  1. iSCSI Connectivity
    • Move block level data between an iSCSI initiator and an iSCSI target on a storage device. iSCSI doesn’t require expensive or complex switches and cards, instead using standard Ethernet making it cheaper and easier to adopt.use_iSCSI_Targets_on_Windows
  2. Thin Provisioning
    • Thin provisioning allows you to efficiently manage your data usage by flexibly allocating storage space based on the minimum space requirement by each user. Removing over-allocation¬† and wasting of space allowing you to set capacity quotas and efficiently manage your storage.synology-iscsi-virtualization-3 copy
  3. LUN Cloning and snapshots as well as replication:
    • Create near instantaneous virtual copies of a LUN as easily as a the click of your mouse. You can create up to 256 application consistent LUN snapshots so your data is always protected, minimising data loss. These are also checked for consistency between the VM Server and the Snapshots stored on the LUN.synology-iscsi-virtualization-6

 

“But I use a SAN solution”

SAN is a “big” word that often gets confused and more times than not, an expensive route to take compared to other solutions out there for virtualized applications. Network Attached Storage or NAS simply can be used over a 10GbE network as an IP SAN solution which in some situations and dependent on how you use it, an be better than some of the traditional 4Gb FC SAN solutions or a server via a 6Gb SAS JBOD

All the tasks are performed on the storage level, a lot of deployments omit backup applications or other features that are performed on the server level. By doing this the applications use up memory on the virtualised server. Or for an even more ideal solution, is freeing up the virtualisation server, allowing resources to focus what it does best and let the storage unit worry about back up and data replication.

Storage virtualization is a flexible solution; you can choose the HDD that you wish to use and pay as you grow, this gives you flexibility and doesn’t lock you down to any vendors because really, who wants to pay upwards of $1000 for replacement hard drives 2 years down the track.

 

 

The benefits of these?

With Synology, there are no ongoing licensing fees or vendor lock-ins, they are cross platform compatible and are Citrix, VMware and hyper-V certified.

It’s SSD Caching capability allows for significant server performance enhancement, accelerating read and write speeds on heavy application servers that require high random IOPS. The improved read and write speeds offer significant reduction in I/O latency, removing the performance bottlenecks from regular hard drives.

 

Here is a quick crash course on storage virtualization, if you’re interested in deploying a cost effective solution, talk to our expert team for more information
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