A unified storage architecture, which combines block-level and file-level access in a single storage system, promises to simplify deployment and movement of virtual machines (VMs) within the storage infrastructure. It also brings ease-of-management benefits to companies accustomed to managing systems from multiple vendors. Sales of unified data storage systems are growing, with almost every major storage vendor represented in the product space.
Our special report on unified storage architecture details the benefits and challenges of unified storage and maps out the product specs for unified storage systems from nine vendors. And in our accompanying podcast, Chris Kranz of storage integrator B2net adds real-world context, discussing the best use cases for unified storage and its biggest limitations.
Unified storage architecture is gaining ground among IT organizations, but challenges remain, such as organisational politics and lack of personnel to manage two types of storage, especially at small and medium size enterprises (SMEs). Find out where unified storage is most likely to be used and how London Overground Rail Operations Ltd. (LOROL) is making use of it.
Are you considering a unified storage system purchase? Use our product guide to get specifications and other details on unified storage offerings from BlueArc, Compellent, EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, NetApp, Reldata and Sun Microsystems.
In this podcast, Chris Kranz of storage integrator B2net defines unified data storage, and discusses the benefits and limitations of the technology.
This was first published in February 2010