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Top 5 Storage Pitfalls in Virtual Environments
The rapid growth in the amount of data that organizations need to store is putting a strain on many. Mark Lewis, chief executive officer at Formation Data Systems, discusses five pitfalls of storage in virtual environments.
Stranded Capacity in VMware Hosts
A challenge faced by many organizations that deploy ESX hosts attached to networked storage configuration (SAN/NAS) is that the storage capacity within the host is completely unused, Lewis explains. Standard server configurations typically include as much as a terabyte of capacity, which for very large VMware environments, could potentially represent Petabytes of wasted capacity and capital expenses. To address this requires a software defined infrastructure that can intelligently discover and pool this stranded capacity across all ESX hypervisors and with the proper storage services applied can be provisioned to hosts for additional use cases.