Virtual infrastructure solutions, such as Microsoft Hyper-V, empower IT organizations to rapidly deploy virtual machines in all phases: development, test, and production. The tasks involved to deploy virtual machines usually generate many physical copies of virtual machine images, which demands more storage resources to maintain the many virtual machine instances and management resources to execute the many manual steps required to deploy these virtual machines individually.
This IBM® Redpaper™ document describes how integration of Microsoft virtual environments with N series storage technology can resolve these challenges by helping organizations reduce the efforts spent deploying individual virtual machines and reduce the amount of storage required to support the deployment of individual virtual machines, thereby reducing the costs associated with space, power, and cooling. Use of N series Snapshot and FlexClone technology, along with N series deduplication, can support the rapid deployment of tens, hundreds, and even thousands of virtual machines in minutes while minimizing the total storage supporting such a deployment by 50% or more when compared to a baseline of traditional storage.
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