Industry Leaders In Storage Virtualization
In an enterprise and industry landscape that is increasingly reliant on large amounts of data to drive business, storage virtualization may hold the key to success for many ventures that revolve around or are related to IT. According to the article “The Glory of Big Data” in the November 2011 issue of Popular Science magazine, it was estimated that at the end of 2011, there were 1.8 zettabytes of digital information created in the Internet.
A large chunk of this mass of digital data is used in business cycles and industry. Virtualization of storage technologies and processes helps businesses handle voluminous information more efficiently.
When everything is virtual, you simply need an appropriate terminal to access it. If your processes and storage volumes are virtual, you can dive in and out of the storage procedures and protocols through any device suitable. This mobility of data makes handling storage, backup, and even disaster recovery more streamlined and effective.
Data mobility, when used in conjunction with sound Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, can enable relevant employees to access data and use them in virtual processes more easily and conveniently through their own devices. Good.com’s “BYOD: Best Practices Guide” revolves around the phenomenon of BYOD spreading throughout IT-driven franchises. Storage virtualization is one of your handiest tools as you adapt to such inevitable trends.
Improve Efficiency and Reduce Costs
With improved efficiency instigated by data mobility and other facets of company policy in line with virtualization of processes and storage, you can expect a reduction in process and performance costs.
Seamless Integration of New Technologies
Along with rapid growth in data and the demand to more efficiently tackle increasingly unwieldy amounts of information, you also need to prepare for inevitable developments in technology – such as cloud computing, for instance.
In F5 Network’s white paper titled “Enabling Flexibility with Intelligent File Virtualization,” being ready to seamlessly integrate with new technologies is a significant edge that storage virtualization provides. As data deduplication and the ominous, far-reaching cloud take over, companies that are already virtual have the competitive advantage.