Storage Virtualization: Early Adopters Achieving Benefits

December, 2007


Storage vendors have been promoting virtualization as the next big step towards improving the ability of data centers to maximize storage resources, gain flexibility, and lower the cost of managing increasing amounts of data. This report assesses the economics of storage virtualization, based on the experiences of early adopters as reported in our most recent annual survey. It provides an explanation of storage virtualization technology to gain insight into its potential benefits, and concludes with recommendations for successful implementation. In brief, we find that most adopters are experiencing positive ROI with relatively low risk, but that potential benefits are not yet being fully realized. (4 pp., 4 figs.)
[Executive Summary]