How Block Level Storage Virtualization Improves IT Efficiency

Some businesses and organizations that have already implemented a managed services approach as part of their IT solutions suite may already have heard of "block-level storage virtualization," but for others, the term will be a new one. Storage virtualization enacted at the block level consists of a software layer that is able to intercept input and output requests from applications and users and map those requests to the necessary physical locations where storage actually exists. 

Block-level storage virtualization improves storage efficiency by responding "on-demand" throughout the workday.

Block Level Storage Virtualization

The technology is not new per se; virtualizing storage at the block level has been in use as a technique for several years now. However, it is not nearly as widespread as is server virtualization. But in recent times, more companies are beginning to adopting the strategy or considering it as one of their most viable options. According to a 2011 survey, almost a third of businesses queried had virtualized some portion of their storage capacity. Storage capacity can be provided when it is needed and where it is needed in a process that is transparent to users; for them, it seems like "business as usual," which means they will not have to have their workflow disrupted by training sessions in how to use the new storage system - everything is taken care of for them. 

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IT solutions such as virtualization are best administered through a managed services approach in which a company outsources some or all of the IT management responsibility to an IT company. Learn more, by reaching out to iCorps for a free consultation.

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