ENP Newswire -
Release date- 29072013 -
Storage configuration is a foundational element of a modern data center environment, yet storage remains a complex challenge for many organizations. Without storage, the virtual environment cannot operate, since there would be no place for the machines to exist. At the same time, the storage configuration can make or break infrastructure performance and availability, so it's important that configuration be right for the virtual environment.
As organizations continue to leverage innovative technologies to modernize the data center, the roles of IT administration are beginning to converge, with responsibilities expanding into new domains. Yesterday's 'silo' administrator is quickly becoming today's 'infrastructure administrator,' a next-generation role requiring a broad spectrum of knowledge across multiple IT domains. As part server administrator, virtual environment manager, network engineer, and storage architect, today's infrastructure administrator needs the skills to build, maintain and manage high performing data center infrastructure solutions. It's the administrator's job to create a flexible infrastructure in which capacity can be scaled up or down as business requirements change, while concentrating simultaneously on data center cost optimization.
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Top Nine Storage Concepts for Virtual Environments:
1. What are VAAI and ODX and why are they so popular and important?
2. What are the best ways to measure various aspects of the storage environment?
Storage capacity is often considered the most important metric for measuring the storage environment. But, while ensuring the environment has enough physical storage capacity to meet workload requirements is important, it's equally important to track metrics related to performance. When storage performance becomes problematic, the workloads running on that storage can behave erratically, causing a negative effect on the business. Performance statistics that should be tracked regularly include latency - the time it takes for an entire storage operation to take place - and IOPS, the number of Input/Output Operations per Second (IOPS) that can take place.
3. How do different kinds of hard drives differ from one another?
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