The Ties That Bind: Server Virtualization Fuels Storage Networking

The Ties That Bind: Server Virtualization Fuels Storage Networking

April 14, 2010

As organizations virtualize more of their infrastructure, they are increasingly finding an increase in storage needs. Enterprise Storage Forum reports that some enterprises are even finding storage costs far exceeding what they paid to virtualize their servers.

Server virtualization is obviously great business for virtualization software vendors, but the surprise is that it's been even better business for data storage vendors, as organizations are spending tons of money to store and back up all their virtual machines.

Server virtualization is the key technology that will shape the future of the data storage industry, according to a recent report on the storage networking market written by Jason Ader and Dmitry Netis, analysts at investment firm William Blair & Co.

"As servers become centralized and virtualized in mainframe-like grids, storage needs to become more distributed and networked," Ader and Netis wrote. For every $1 spent on server virtualization projects, customers spend roughly $2 to $3 on storage, they estimated.

The big challenge for organizations is figuring out how best to back up the operating systems, applications and data they virtualize as environments grow in size and importance.

Read the rest of "Server Virtualization Drives Storage Networking Sales" at Enterprise Storage Forum

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