Overcoming the Storage Challenges Associated With Server Virtualization<br />Terri McClure <br />October 6, 2011<br />
What You Will Learn Today <br />The current state of server virtualization deployments<br />The storage challenges associa...
How Far Along is Server Virtualization?<br />
The Four Dimensions of ESG’s Server Virtualization Maturity Model<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />4<br />Source...
ESG Server Virtualization Maturity Model Segmentation<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />5<br />Source: ESG Resear...
Length of Server Virtualization Deployment<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />6<br />
Percentage of Servers That Have Been Virtualized<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />7<br />
Percentage of VMs Deployed in Production<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />8<br />
Storage Infrastructure Challenges Related to Server Virtualization Usage<br />© 2010 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />9<br /...
Storage-Specific Challenges Related to Server Virtualization Environment, by Maturity Phase<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strateg...
Top Five Storage Challenges, by Maturity Phase <br />11<br />
Impact to Storage Management Process & Tools <br />54%<br />35%<br />24%<br />Significant<br />(Migrate most or all storag...
Storage-specific Factors That Would Enable More Widespread Usage of Server Virtualization<br />13<br />© 2011 Enterprise S...
Netting it Out<br />Server virtualization stresses the surrounding infrastructure<br />Creates new demands on the storage ...
Scale-out Storage<br />Meeting the needs of virtual server environments with a virtual storage environment<br />
ESG Research Findings<br />More than 1 in 4 users surveyed report that supporting server virtualizationinitiatives is the ...
Current Challenges Scaling Storage Environments<br />© 2010 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />17<br />
Most Common Reason For Adding New Storage Systems<br />© 2010 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />18<br />
Length of Implementation Cycle for New Storage Systems<br />© 2010 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />19<br />
Scale-Up vs. Scale-Out Storage<br />Additional disk resources<br />Disk resources<br />Disk resources<br />Disk resources<...
Why Scale-Out Storage?<br />Management efficiencies reduce the headcount required to provision, tune and manage storage<br...
Use of Scale-out Storage Architectures, All Respondents<br />22<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />
Length of Implementation Cycle for New Storage Systems, by Scale-Out Storage Usage<br />© 2010 Enterprise Strategy Group<b...
Most Important Considerations in Deploying Scale-out Storage, Early Adopters<br />24<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group...
Benefits of Deploying Scale-out Storage, Early Adopters<br />25<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />
Types of Data Organizations Expect to Store on Scale-Out Storage Solution, Planned Adopters/Interested<br />26<br />© 2011...
Types of Data Stored on Scale-out Storage Solution, Early Adopters<br />27<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />
Adoption Trends Summary<br />Scale-out storage use is on the rise<br />The promise and benefits are real, not marketing sp...
The Bigger Truth<br />Server virtualization impacts all adjacent technology areas<br />The storage environment needs to be...
For more information, please contact<br />Terri McClure, Senior Analyst<br />508.381.5162  | teri.mcclure@esg-global.com<b...
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Server virtualization technology is deployed near-universally in large midmarket and enterprise organizations. But virtualization stresses every area of the infrastructure it touches – from the obvious, like servers, to the not so obvious, the storage infrastructure. This presentation will look at ESG's findings related to the current state of server virtualization adoption, and how each stage faces and needs to overcome different storage challenges. It will also look at how scale-out storage solutions can help users overcome some of the storage challenges associated with and impeding early-stage server virtualization initiatives. Attendees will learn:

* The current state of server virtualization deployments
* The storage challenges associated with each stage of server virtualization maturity
* The impact server virtualization will have on storage management and tools
* How scale out storage solutions address the key challenges associated with supporting virtual server environments

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Keynote Presentation: Overcoming Storage Challenges Associated With Server Virtualization Initiatives

  1. 1. Overcoming the Storage Challenges Associated With Server Virtualization<br />Terri McClure <br />October 6, 2011<br />
  2. 2. What You Will Learn Today <br />The current state of server virtualization deployments<br />The storage challenges associated with each stage of server virtualization maturity<br />The impact server virtualization will have on storage management and tools<br />How scale out storage solutions address the key challenges associated with supporting virtual server environments<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />
  3. 3. How Far Along is Server Virtualization?<br />
  4. 4. The Four Dimensions of ESG’s Server Virtualization Maturity Model<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />4<br />Source: ESG Research Report: The Evolution of Server Virtualization, November 2010. <br />
  5. 5. ESG Server Virtualization Maturity Model Segmentation<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />5<br />Source: ESG Research Report: The Evolution of Server Virtualization, November 2010. <br />
  6. 6. Length of Server Virtualization Deployment<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />6<br />
  7. 7. Percentage of Servers That Have Been Virtualized<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Percentage of VMs Deployed in Production<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />8<br />
  9. 9. Storage Infrastructure Challenges Related to Server Virtualization Usage<br />© 2010 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />9<br />Source: ESG Research Report: The Evolution of Server Virtualization, November 2010. <br />
  10. 10. Storage-Specific Challenges Related to Server Virtualization Environment, by Maturity Phase<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />
  11. 11. Top Five Storage Challenges, by Maturity Phase <br />11<br />
  12. 12. Impact to Storage Management Process & Tools <br />54%<br />35%<br />24%<br />Significant<br />(Migrate most or all storage management functions to a virtualization software platform)<br />39%<br />59%<br />52%<br />Some<br />(Migrate some storage management functions to a virtualization software platform, but continue to use existing tools)<br /> 7%<br /> 2%<br />15%<br />Little or none<br />(Use storage management functions in the virtualization software platform to a minor extent, will not fundamentally change existing tools)<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />Source: ESG Research Report, The Evolution of Server Virtualization, November 2010. <br />
  13. 13. Storage-specific Factors That Would Enable More Widespread Usage of Server Virtualization<br />13<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />
  14. 14. Netting it Out<br />Server virtualization stresses the surrounding infrastructure<br />Creates new demands on the storage infrastructure<br />Changes the storage management paradigm<br />Requires a more scalable and cost effective storage infrastructure<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />14<br />
  15. 15. Scale-out Storage<br />Meeting the needs of virtual server environments with a virtual storage environment<br />
  16. 16. ESG Research Findings<br />More than 1 in 4 users surveyed report that supporting server virtualizationinitiatives is the IT initiative that will have the greatest impact on storage spending (#1 response)<br />Improved scalability, performance, faster provisioning and lower infrastructure and management costs drive scale-out adoption in enterprise IT<br />Scale-out usage is much more common among organizations in which storage is viewed as strategic to IT and the business<br />Scale-out users more likely to have a sufficient number of administrators to manage their storage and are more satisfied with utilization rates<br />16<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />
  17. 17. Current Challenges Scaling Storage Environments<br />© 2010 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />17<br />
  18. 18. Most Common Reason For Adding New Storage Systems<br />© 2010 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />18<br />
  19. 19. Length of Implementation Cycle for New Storage Systems<br />© 2010 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />19<br />
  20. 20. Scale-Up vs. Scale-Out Storage<br />Additional disk resources<br />Disk resources<br />Disk resources<br />Disk resources<br />Disk resources<br />Disk resources<br />System resources (e.g., processors, memory, host interfaces, disks)<br />System resources (e.g., processors, memory, host interfaces, disks)<br />System resources (e.g., processors, memory, host interfaces, disks)<br />Additional system resources<br />Internal network (bus or high-speed memory)<br />Disk resources<br />External network<br />Multiple nodes acting as one storage system<br />System resources (e.g., processors, memory, host interfaces)<br />“Scale-Out” Storage: <br />Scales by adding nodes - connected by an external network – that work together as a single system<br />Storage system<br />“Scale-Up” Storage: <br />Scales by adding resources within a single system, connected by an internal network<br />
  21. 21. Why Scale-Out Storage?<br />Management efficiencies reduce the headcount required to provision, tune and manage storage<br />Faster provisioning increases ability to respond to a dynamic virtual server environment<br />Granular, or just-in-time, scalability allows IT to ride the commodity curves associated with declining disk and processor pricing, reducing CAPEX<br />Better utilization means fewer systems to manage and less wasted floor space, power and cooling<br />Scaling performance with capacity allows for greater capacity, more throughput and broader application support<br />21<br />
  22. 22. Use of Scale-out Storage Architectures, All Respondents<br />22<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />
  23. 23. Length of Implementation Cycle for New Storage Systems, by Scale-Out Storage Usage<br />© 2010 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />23<br />
  24. 24. Most Important Considerations in Deploying Scale-out Storage, Early Adopters<br />24<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />
  25. 25. Benefits of Deploying Scale-out Storage, Early Adopters<br />25<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />
  26. 26. Types of Data Organizations Expect to Store on Scale-Out Storage Solution, Planned Adopters/Interested<br />26<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />
  27. 27. Types of Data Stored on Scale-out Storage Solution, Early Adopters<br />27<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />
  28. 28. Adoption Trends Summary<br />Scale-out storage use is on the rise<br />The promise and benefits are real, not marketing spin <br />Because of these benefits we see “usage creep”<br />Storage is becoming more of an IT infrastructure decision, less tied to single applications <br />ESG expects 80% of external networked storage shipment revenue in 2015 to be from scale-out systems<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />28<br />
  29. 29. The Bigger Truth<br />Server virtualization impacts all adjacent technology areas<br />The storage environment needs to be as virtual as the server environment<br />Scale-out storage is well aligned to supporting server virtualization<br />It virtualizes the underlying storage hardware infrastructure; scales quickly and efficiently; helps drive down operational costs<br />Scale-out storage can help ease users journey along the path to broadening server virtualization initiatives<br />© 2011 Enterprise Strategy Group<br />29<br />
  30. 30. For more information, please contact<br />Terri McClure, Senior Analyst<br />508.381.5162 | teri.mcclure@esg-global.com<br />

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