Businesses can be shut down by a computer malfunction, power outage, or any other disaster. Data storage solutions help protect important documents and permit them to be recovered quickly in the event of a disaster. But what are the best options? This article outlines the advantages, benefits and drawbacks of virtual data storage solutions to help businesses decide the best solution for them.
Storage solutions are ways to archive and store computer data, in electronic, optical or digital format. They can be stored on premises, in remote devices, or online (in cloud). Large enterprises utilize them to improve data storage efficiency, and resilience. This is accomplished by using storage area networks (SANs), network-attached storage (NAS), software-defined storage, or hybrid storage technologies.
Virtualized storage is also referred as storage-virtualization. This technology was developed in the last few years. It decouples storage management from underlying hardware and allows for the abstraction of drives and disks into one single pool of storage capacity. This allows for easier scaling increase performance, improve performance and cut costs.
The most popular type of virtual storage is VMware vSAN, which is an open port-based SAN which makes use of software to manage a central storage pool that is run on commodity hardware. vSAN is easily expandable and repurposed by adding or removing drives without affecting the software. It can be integrated with VMware NSX for multi-cloud deployments. It lets companies tier data onto public cloud storage and offers advanced features such as snapshots replication, cloning, and replication.