Hypervisor-specific data storage management

Hyper-V sees more options for storage management

Storage management is the set of processes or software which enhances or increases the productivity of data storage. Currently, the world of storage management and virtualization technology is mainly dominated the software applications: Hyper-V (based on windows Hypervisor) by Microsoft Inc, powered by Microsoft’ System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). Hyper V does not only support basic environment management functions, but it also provides provisions for monitoring and creating virtual machines, alongside carrying out host resource management with P2V (Physical to virtual) conversion integrated into the software. Hyper-V does not require any particular storage or dedicated RAM to operate. Thanks to its optimization, Hyper-V does not take up significant drive space and instead uses that volume of space to create partitions for Virtual machines. Moreover,

Managing storage in Hyper-V and vSphere

Both, Hyper-V and vSphere belonging to the VMware ecosystem has quite renowned names in the world of virtual machines and storage management. For a long time, vSphere had a firm footing in the VM market, crossing Oracle’s Virtual box by huge margins. However, in recent times, Hyper-V, with its cheap costs and resemblance with windows VM servers, has seen an evident rise in its popularity. Also, as Hyper V is entirely based on a Windows server and powered by SCVMM, it is easier for Windows users to create virtual machines on the same server instead of incorporating an entirely new disk partition for installing vSphere and then Virtualizing using that software.

Best practices for managing storage in a virtual Citrix environment

Managing storage in a Citrix environment is quite closely related to other virtualization technologies mentioned above, vSphere and Hyper-V. For instance, all these technologies support similar functions such as raw device mapping (RDM), writing files on a particular disk, partitioning disk. Moreover, with a virtual Citrix environment such as XenServer, you can not only carry out administrator tasks on storage devices, but you could also create brand new NFS-based storage technology.

Understanding storage management with vSphere 5 implementations

vSphere 5 takes storage management to another level, giving tough competition to any other software such a Hyper-V itself. It can host virtual storage appliances( VSA) which will allow the software to install new VMs on your existing physical storage which can present your data to the outside world through the VSA. Moreover, it has also improved its VMFA (Virtual machine file system) which can now efficiently coordinate and optimize your virtual storage without cheap costs and last but not least, VMware has also heavily refined its VM storage API compared to the previous versions which were one of the main complaints of every user

References

http://cdn.ttgtmedia.com/searchStorage/downloads/Storage%20for%20virtual%20environments%20guide.pdf

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