Best Practices while going for Storage Virtualization
- Set your scope and objectives.
Begin the vendor selection process with specific goals and objectives. We must fully understand what we want to achieve or overcome with storage virtualization.
- Arrange Proper Staff Training
Address skill gaps so we can properly asses different virtualization approaches. Storage virtualization requires specific training and knowledge, so it’s necessary to asses current IT staff for skills and identify potential knowledge gaps. Also consider vendor specific training once finalized.
- Leverage Storage Resource Management (SRM)
Properly instrumenting SRM tools providing full discovery and visibility of virtual, logic and physical storage.
- Establish Storage Management Standards
Reduce costs associated with managing multiple site management. When you establish storage management standards including standard LUN sizes and naming conventions—you can more easily interchange similar storage subsystems, reducing complicated planning exercises. Standard configurations simplify both production environment planning and disaster recovery site recovery planning.
- Implement Service Maintenance Best Practices
Accurately calculate capital and operational expenses for applications.