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Storage Virtualization Has Arrived Promising a More Secure and Efficient Means of Data Management
Storage virtualization is generating a great deal of interest in the storage community owing to its ability to provide effective and efficient solutions to the problem of data management. With key features such as availability, scalability, simplicity, flexibility and reliability, this technology can efficiently simplify complex management tasks and increase the availability of heterogeneous storage resources.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.ti.frost.com), Advances in Storage Virtualization Technologies, finds that efficient data storage is extremely important, especially to companies in the IT/ITES and the financial sectors. It expects that in the coming years, an increasing number of enterprises will embrace storage virtualization and it is only a matter of time before storage virtualization becomes the preferred option for data storage.

If you are interested in an analysis, which provides manufacturers, end users, and other industry participants with an overview, summary, challenges, and latest coverage of Advances in Storage Virtualization Technologies send an e-mail to Mireya Castilla, Corporate Communications, at mireya.castilla@frost.com with your full name, company name, title, telephone number, city, state, country and e-mail address. Upon receipt of the above information, an overview will be sent to you by e-mail.

With storage virtualization becoming popular for facilitating efficient storage management, better resource utilization and non-disruptive data migration, several companies coming to terms with the fact that storing vital data is absolutely crucial, remarks Technical Insights Research Analyst Arun Nirmal. Hence, storage virtualization is slowly moving from important to indispensable.

With the right kind of virtualization technology, enterprises could benefit from reduction in workload leading to a smoother workflow. The virtualization technology focuses on reducing enterprise concerns over data handling. The storage virtualization techniques coupled with virtualization of the server, desktop and other components would provide attractive opportunities and emerge as ideal technology for IT.

Thin provisioning combined with performance and capacity optimization with importance on cost efficiency and large-scale storage planning further increase the growth prospects of storage virtualization technology, says Nirmal.

However, in an attempt to retain customers and establish a stronghold over the marketplace, vendors are ensuring that by and large their products are not interoperable with that of their competitors in the marketplace. This is to encourage and almost leave customers with no choice but to opt for the same suite of products. This is dissuading potential customers from making a huge investment on any one particular product range.

While vendor lock-in is definitely a key roadblock to the large scale deployment of storage virtualization technology, open source platforms provide an apt solution to deployment and development threats associated with this challenge.

Open source platform would not only enable unique and novel techniques to be embedded with existing technologies, but would also create a field of a competitive multi-vendor community with huge potential interest from the end-user community, explains Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Arvind Arun. Open source platform can considerably reduce the condition of vendor lock-in and cost considerations and can thereby enable rapid adoption of virtualization.

The concept of virtualization is being gradually applied to domains of IT and financial institutions with high benefits. Concurrently, both the healthcare and telecommunications industry appear lucrative for storage virtualization.

The healthcare domain expects to be attractive with higher success probability when compared to telecommunications. The probability of success is high because storage virtualization has been tested in a few regional hospitals with tiered storage and has yielded very positive results.

Advances in Storage Virtualization Technologies, a part of the Technical Insights Growth Partnership Services program, provides a technology overview and outlook for the storage virtualization technology. The study throws light on the various technologies associated with storage virtualization and the pros and cons associated with them. Furthermore, this research service includes detailed technology analysis and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants. Interviews with the press are available.

Technical Insights is an international technology analysis business that produces a variety of technical news alerts, newsletters, and research services.

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Consulting Company, partners with clients to accelerate their growth. The company's Growth Partnership Services, Growth Consulting and Career Best Practices empower clients to create a growth focused culture that generates, evaluates and implements effective growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan employs over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 30 offices on six continents. For more information about Frost & Sullivans Growth Partnerships, visit http://www.frost.com.

Published Tuesday, October 30, 2007 5:35 AM by David Marshall
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