Companies should focus their efforts on two aspects: moving to a more efficient infrastructure due to budget reduction and ensuring that every aspect of IT is protected and always “on”. This commitment must also be aimed at providing advanced services for business data and applications that help companies differentiate and be competitive.
This is the context that explains why the virtual storage market is so mature. Gartner predicts that around 30% of the global storage array capacity installed in enterprise data centers by 2019 will be deployed with Software-Defined Storage (SDS) or x86-based hardware-based hyperconvergent architecture. This is a huge jump considering 5% today. VMware vSAN is proving a top choice for this step, with over 7,000 customers who have already chosen this virtual storage software solution.
What does this mean? The answer is simple. The new virtual storage capabilities make it possible to accelerate the modernization of the data center infrastructure by providing a three-core solution to the IT requirements: greater security, reduced costs, and greater performance, features that will be dealt with in this article.
How to satisfy the security and availability requirement in a native way
This is the context that explains why VMware has strengthened its virtual storage family with the introduction of vSAN 6.6. This latest update allows companies to evolve without having to worry about the risks associated with data security. One of the vSAN’s strengths is to provide companies with an efficient and non-intrusive path to secure a safer infrastructure with high availability for vital business data.
For many organizations, security is the top priority. VSAN 6.6 introduced the industry’s first inactive data encryption solution, created for the hyperconvergent infrastructure (HCI); This leads to further acceleration in the adoption of virtual storage. By encrypting data stored in the virtual layer, data is protected from unauthorized access, simplifying key management. This means that customers can drop hardware drives with hardware encryption, eliminating a constraint with limited options and exorbitant costs, as virtual storage encryption is completely independent of hardware. Virtual storage offers cost-effective security with greater simplicity.
Creating Better Business Continuity with Extended Clusters
Companies are required to be always “on” and to do so require protection; This is another element that explains why virtual storage is such an interesting proposition. Solutions like this introduce a high availability management set that allows monitoring and management even in the exceptional case where the management server is unavailable.
The “always-on” mode is so important that customers are increasingly demanding the capabilities of extended clusters that provide flexibility and protection without straining their budget. Customers with two relatively close physical locations can extend their data center between the two locations. If one of the physical sites is unavailable, the virtual storage layer can handle the situation because data in the second site is always available. Software-Defined Storage eliminates concerns about the backup of the first site because, by extending the cluster, backup is kept intelligently on the site that continues to work.
New and improved vSAN 6.6 extended clusters include local protection, delivering breakdown resilience to the site and local components. Thanks to a comprehensive cluster solution, customers can safely extend the HCI’s cost and simplicity benefits to meet the needs of Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity.
It is basically to consider protection a vital aspect, so the application does not suffer from an unexpected event, such as the failure of a virtual machine or a host. Digital transformation essentially concerns the ability to provide the end user with the best possible use experience and this means that the company must always be “active”.
Improved data center performance with optimized flash performance
One of the major challenges for companies is to provide greater resource and personnel efficiency; Virtual storage can also be helpful in this franchise. The optimum solution offers specific capabilities for monitoring, managing and solving problems across the entire end-to-end infrastructure, thus increasing IT efficiency.
Cloud-based intelligent analysis provides real-time custom information that keeps the virtual storage infrastructure running in an optimum state; This is an aspect that can drastically reduce operating costs by reducing the time required for administration and monitoring. For example, if you encounter a configuration problem, the customer can receive real-time notification with advice on possible solutions.
Meanwhile, optimized algorithms and immediate support of the latest flash technologies can provide significantly superior performance to virtualized all-flash storage.
Futuro digitale: Software-Defined
The solution to today’s issues is not the only major issue for companies, which must create a digital future and Software-Defined Storage is vital. It allows customers to prepare for future IT applications with optimized performance for next-generation hardware platforms and applications. This includes the ability to deploy new generation applications such as Big Data and Splunk as well as support the latest flash technologies, such as the new Intel Optane NVMs SSDs based on 3D XPoint technology.
With virtual storage, customers can prepare for any workload including data center applications, native cloud and container applications. One of the main advantages of vSAN is the support mode for a hybrid cloud environment with a corporate storage platform common to on-site and public cloud distributions, with a consistent experience between them.
Solutions without worry
Digital transformation is already quite complex even without having to worry about handling security threats, lack of resources and slow response capabilities. Virtual storage solutions are quickly proving to be a way to actively resolve these issues by offering a modern IT infrastructure with native HCI security, reduced management costs, and optimized flash performance for next-generation workloads.
As a whole, these aspects offer IT departments the basis for success in the future, ie virtual storage can be the backbone of the company’s digital transformation.