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A storage strategy built with virtualization in mind
This article is part of the CIO Decisions issue of August 2012 Volume 14
A quantum shift. That is how Ryan Makamson, senior systems engineer for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University, described the impact of virtualization on his storage strategy. Makamson began introducing virtualization technologies to the IT department nine years ago. Server-side virtualization came next for Washington State's various schools, but it wasn't until these schools were moved to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) last year that he "ran into a wall of storage challenges," Makamson said. More on storage strategies Storage technologies are paving the way for Data Center as a Service Deduplicate, compress and defray costs of data storage management Storage Virtualization Strategies for the CIO Serving 6,000 to 8,000 students a year at these schools, plus 500 faculty members, the new VDI environment overwhelmed the existing storage infrastructure, in particular IOPS (input/output operations per second). "I really understand now how much disk IOPS just 100 desktops could...
Features in this issue
A strong capacity management plan for virtualized data centers comes down to the right mix of resource provisioning tools for both IT and employees.
Virtualization calls for a shift in storage strategy. Here's a rundown of the pros and cons of three primary approaches for virtualized environments.
News in this issue
A hospital's chief technology officer and chief architect talk about the relationship between desktop virtualization and patient care.
Independent Bank Corp. CIO Pete Graves speaks in-depth about his capacity management plan and offers advice gleaned from years of experience.
Mobile device virtualization promises work and personal personas on the same device -- but is it ready for prime time?
Columns in this issue
Once a bleeding-edge technology, virtualization is finding its way slowly into all corners of modern organizations. CIOs must keep the drumbeat going.