Tips for Managing Virtual Storage

Virtual machines require storage to host programs, data, and system files. It can be difficult to manage this amount of storage without the right tools. These tips can help administrators improve security, performance, and utilization by managing virtual storage.

Tip 1: Make use of a specialized tool. Although it is possible to manage a virtual storage environment using standard software, doing so requires more effort and is not as transparent as using a specialized tool. A specialized tool also offers improved management, which helps lower overhead costs and labor costs.

Tip 2: Keep up with the latest updates. Vendors regularly release updates to enhance functionality, improve performance and address security issues. Administrators must ensure they test and implement these updates to prevent interruptions or outages. Tip 3: Develop a caching plan. Many virtual storage products allow you to store data for faster access. This feature could reduce read/write operations and boost application performance. Be sure the cache’s size is to meet performance requirements. Also, select devices that have the endurance to deliver on promises of performance.

A SAN volume controller like IBM Easy Tier, can automatically transfer data between higher and lower-cost storage tiers, based on requirements. This can assist organizations in dealing with seasonal fluctuations such as during the enrollment period, when demand for high-speed arrays is high. It can also ease budget pressures, by helping companies to manage costs in times of slow or no growth.

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