The Importance of Storage Virtualization

Virtualizing storage can increase disk utilization and administration flexibility, and improve disaster recovery and business continuity, notes Howard Marks, founder and chief scientist at, a storage and networking consultancy, and a frequent contributor to Network Computing and InformationWeek. From thin provisioning to replication to federation, virtualization options can make your storage more supple and responsive, and free you from vendor lock-in, he writes in a new InformationWeek report, Strategy: Storage Virtualization Guide.

Storage virtualization is not new. According to the 2012 InformationWeek State of Storage survey, 31% of storage professionals use some kind of storage virtualization. Marks says if we define storage virtualization as any technology that presents storage in a new configuration, then we’ve all been virtualizing storage for many years.

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