Architecting Large Virtualization Environments Using Web-Scale Storage
When virtualization first came on the scene earlier this millennium, projects were generally limited to non-strategic server consolidation efforts and ancillary services. Mission critical services remained firmly in the physical world. Over the next few years, though, as the hypervisor realm became more trusted, more agile, and more dependable, IT decision makers started to view the hypervisor environment with a “first look” attitude. Rather than just defaulting to running new applications on physical systems, the virtual environment was first considered for the task.
Today, that “first look” is the de facto standard in IT, with more workloads being deployed on a hypervisor than on physical servers. However, with all of the benefits that virtualization has brought, increased use of virtualization has also created a number of challenges. Most notably, organizations have discovered that they need to rethink how they build their data center environments. Further, as the business landscape becomes increasingly competitive, companies have looked for new services that can streamline operational budgets and improve efficiency and agility.
At the same time, cloud providers have created infrastructures that are giving enterprise IT professionals new ideas for architecting data center environments. Companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook have storage environments that operate with scale in mind – to grow the environment – as a normal part of operations. Scaling in these kinds of environments is a routine task. Rather than scaling being something unusual, these companies can scale on demand for performance and capacity with low management overhead. These companies achieve this feat through the use of web-scale storage architectures that easily grows. These architectures are managed by software that automates configuration, load balancing, and the additional of new resources. An emerging segment of storage and infrastructure market are companies that are productizing the lessons learned in these large scale environments and delivering it in a products that enable enterprises to utilize it for environments that require scaling dynamically for business needs.
Learn why web-scale storage makes sense for large virtualized environments and understand how critical availability, performance, capacity, and cost metrics are improved through the use of this emerging storage architecture. Further, learn how web-scale storage supports these modern types of needs:
· Enterprise Server Virtualization
· VDI/Desktop as a Service
· Infrastructure as a Service/Service Providers
Written by Scott D. Lowe, Co-Founder of ActualTech Media, this paper provides technology professionals with an understanding of the virtualization challenges that can be solved with web-scale storage while also providing insight around specific use cases
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