One of the paradoxes of storage management is that while the sheer volume of data that needs to be managed continues to grow, utilization rates of traditional magnetic storage systems have never been that high. One of the reasons for this is that virtual machines lay claim to a lot of storage space they are actually not using.
Formation Data Systems has added a Virtual Storage Recapture (VSR) capability to its FormationOne Dynamic Storage Platform that enables IT organizations to identify and redeploy storage stranded in a virtual server or hyperconverged system.
Formation Data Systems CEO Mark Lewis says FormationOne is a software-defined storage offering that can be used to make storage appear as a file, block or object system. The result, says Lewis, is a more efficient use of storage in a world where existing legacy and modern applications often need to access the same data.
In addition, FormationOne provides the ability to both deduplicate and compress data, while at the same time providing tools that allow the IT organization to guarantee the quality of service attached to a particular application.
Arguably, data storage has never been more complex. There is clearly more data than ever to be managed. But thanks to the rise of a number of storage software advances, utilization rates of storage have never been higher. The trick is finding a way to store more data per drive without creating I/O bottlenecks that most applications won’t tolerate.