Virtual machines require storage space to host programs, data, and system files. Managing that amount of storage can be a daunting task without the right tools specifically designed to handle this task. The following tips can help administrators manage virtual storage for better efficiency, security and utilization.

Tips 1: Use a special tool. It is possible to manage virtual storage environments using standard software. However, this requires more work and is less transparent. A tool that is specialized also provides enhanced management, which can help reduce labor costs and overhead.

Tip 2: Be on the lookout with the latest updates. Vendors regularly release updates to improve functionality, increase performance and address security concerns. Administrators must be cautious when testing and implement these updates to prevent disruptions or outages. Tips 3: Develop a caching strategy. Many virtual storage products allow you to cache data to increase access. This feature can reduce read/write operations, and improve application performance. Be sure the cache’s size is to meet performance expectations and select caching devices that have enough capacity to keep up with performance promises.

A SAN volume controller, such as IBM Easy Tier, can automatically shift data between high and lower-cost storage tiers, based on the requirements. This can help businesses deal with seasonal fluctuations like during the enrollment period, when demand for high-speed arrays is very high. It also helps companies reduce budget pressures, by reducing costs during periods that have no or little growth.