Virtualization storage tutorial: Storage for virtual environments

Choosing the right storage for virtual environments involves lots of factors. This virtualization storage tutorial covers performance, disaster recovery and other considerations.

Virtualization storage is a must-have for a successful server virtualization deployment.

In this virtualization storage tutorial, part of our Virtualization School series, you'll learn all about the different factors to consider when choosing storage for virtual environments. The performance, scalability, energy efficiency and disaster recovery benefits of a virtualization storage platform are all key factors to consider when deciding if it's the right fit for your organization.

Successful storage for virtual environments also depends on hypervisor compatibility and rigorous testing. Find out how to choose the best virtualization storage with these three lessons, which include two written tips and a podcast.

After completing the lessons in this virtualization storage tutorial, you can take a quiz to see how much you know about choosing storage for virtual environments.

Virtualization School: Virtualization storage

 

  • Lesson 1: How to select optimal storage for virtualization
    By Edward L. Haletky, Contributor
  • Virtualization storage is just one of the many important decisions that come with deploying and managing a virtual environment. IT administrators also need to determine what kind of memory and CPU is the best for their infrastructure. The answers to these frequently asked questions on memory, CPU and storage for virtualization will help admins evaluate their options. When it comes to virtualization storage, it's crucial to determine which hypervisors support which storage platforms. Testing any potential platform is also very important.
  • Lesson 2: Data center storage virtualization considerations
    By Stephen J. Bigelow, Senior Technology Writer
  • This lesson of our virtualization storage tutorial covers the top five issues that admins should consider when choosing data center storage for virtual environments. Network-attached storage (NAS), iSCSI, Fibre Channel and even Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) are all good virtualization storage options, but each platform performs differently in different scenarios. Find out how to evaluate the performance of these different virtualization storage options and address other important considerations, such as disaster recovery and energy efficiency.
  • Lesson 3: Storage options for virtualization: What's best for your business?
    By Stephen J. Bigelow, Senior Technology Writer
  • There are quite a few storage options for virtualization. The key to choosing the right virtualization storage is to select the storage platform that will deliver the best performance and scalability. Storage for virtual environments must also be able to handle the significant traffic that virtualized servers generate. In this podcast, Senior Technology Writer Stephen J. Bigelow tells admins how to evaluate virtualization storage platforms for these criteria.
  • Quiz: Virtual server storage
  • After studying the lessons in this virtualization storage tutorial, you should know how to evaluate virtualization storage options and choose the right storage for virtual environments. How much have you learned? Find out by taking this eight-question quiz on virtual server storage. After submitting your answers, you'll find out how well you did and get additional information on virtualization storage.

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This was first published in January 2010

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