According to Marc Staimer, president of Dragon Slayer Consulting, data migration is a tedious process for everyone, including SMBs, and migrating data over a storage area network (SAN), direct-attached storage (DAS) or network-attached storage (NAS) can take as many as 40 individual steps, and most of it is manually intensive, which makes it tedious for most storage administrators. Virtualization can help ease data migration by moving the data online versus offline. It simplifies it to a point; you can do all of your data migration without disrupting your applications.
However, if a company wants to back out of virtualization, it can be a difficult process. With SAN virtualization, it's not always easy to back out of a virtualization vendor and into a non-virtualized vendor. You have to make sure that there is a way you can back out of your virtualization vendor or change vendors. But with file virtualization, it's easy to move from one vendor to another because there are still files on the end.
Staimer discusses the benefits of storage virtualization in data migrations for SMBs in the podcast below.
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For more information on storage virtualization and data migration for SMBs:
- Read this E-Guide on storage virtualization essentials from SearchStorage.com
- Determine which is better for your virtual environment: SAN, DAS or NAS in this tip.
- Learn about the best data migration strategies for small businesses in this tip.
This was first published in March 2010