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Reducing virtualization storage requirements with thin provisioning
This article is part of the Virtual Data Center issue of December 2010, Vol. 29
With so much emphasis placed on server virtualization, it’s easy to forget the importance of storage in virtual data centers. Virtualization storage requirements can complicate management, but by using thin provisioning and understanding application demands, you’ll be the storage master of your infrastructure. More on storage requirements Data storage management for virtual workloads Tackling server virtualization storage problems Managing storage for virtual servers Saving money with virtualization storage management Consider the varied roles that virtualization storage plays—it holds the applications and application data that help businesses function. It saves backups and disaster recovery content that protects business activities and retains the virtual machine (VM) images that virtual data centers rely on. Virtualization storage requirements have only escalated, driving up costs while raising performance and management concerns. But relief is out there. Several technologies and practices can help organizations reduce storage...
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