Storage and Desktop Virtualization For Your Enterprise

VirtualizationVMware is well known as the founder and leader in server virtualization. Most IT shops are using VMware or other server virtualization technologies now. If you aren’t, it’s probably time to realize the value of a virtualized server environment.

What’s next after server virtualization? Virtual Desktops? Storage virtualization? Network virtualization? VMware and others are betting big on all three, and there is some impressive technology solutions surfacing. In real-world IT shops, which of these are really useful today?

Network virtualization is probably the lowest on that list today. Network virtualization is great for some hybrid cloud and network micro-segmentation use cases for the larger enterprise. Today’s reality is the complexity and cost of implementationmake real network virtualization out of reach for most SMB IT departments. Stay tuned as changes and improvements are coming fast.

On the other hand, Storage Virtualization and Virtual Desktops make sense for many in the SMB market today.  Storage Virtualization comes in two major options and brings value in simplification and adaptability. The two basic types are:

  1. Storage Virtualization of traditional storage subsystems, such as IBM’s SAN Volume Controller (SVC). This technology allows abstraction of multiple vendors’ storage subsystems, managing their storage through a single pane of glass, and combining their aggregate storage into single or multiple pools. SVC also allows seamless, no-downtime migration of data from one model of back-end storage to another.
  2. Storage Virtual Controllers, such as Nutanix CVM or VMware’s VSAN. This type of storage virtualization is really about creating scalable storage subsystems in hypervisor environments, and enabling hyper-converged, software defined environments.

Virtual Desktops also comes in multiple options: Citrix, VMware View, Terminal Services and others. These have different target markets, different levels of complexity, different costs and different benefits. This short blog doesn’t allow for deeper discussions on all of those differences. Virtualization and abstraction at the desktop and application layers bring significant value to large and SMB organizations and CMI can help when you are ready for the discussion.

The bottom line is today’s world is moving rapidly to greater virtualization and abstraction and towards a software defined data center. Storage and Desktop virtualization are two leading examples that deliver measurable benefits today. CMI understands this market shift and has developed the Adaptable Data Center framework to assist in moving from physical to virtual worlds. CMI can help you assess which is right for you and a prioritized path forward.

Bruce Clagget is a Sr. Systems Engineer at CMI.  You can follow him on LinkedIn

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