With FlexVol, you can create virtual volumes that can be moved and managed from anywhere, regardless of their physical location.

Thanks to this approach, it is possible to respond as quickly as possible to changes in the requirements for the information storage system. Moreover, the work of the software will not be interrupted.

That is, FlexVol refers to storage virtualization technology, which can significantly reduce the cost of running costs, as well as minimize risks and equipment downtime.

FlexVol allows you to create pools of physical devices for data storage. As a result, it allows you to create and edit all virtual volumes in order to quickly optimize the operation of the software.

With this technology, you can increase the useful return from the current data storage system by up to 200%. In parallel, you can reduce the cost of having to purchase additional disk drives.

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Features and benefits of FlexVol technology

The key feature of FlexVol is that data arrays are not attached to a specific physical location on a disk drive. In fact, there is no rigid binding of logical storage containers to hardware resources.

All this allows you to allocate storage resources as flexibly as possible, as well as use any other storage systems. As a result, the performance of I/O operations will be guaranteed to be increased, and data distribution will be performed across all involved drives.

Among the main advantages of FlexVol:

  • the ability to adjust as quickly as possible to changes in the requirements for the data storage system;
  • reducing financial costs due to the ability to allocate resources as accurately as possible, based on specific requirements;
  • the ability to expand the volume of resources only if necessary, without interrupting the main work processes;
  • dynamic definition and resizing of drive partitions based on accepted rules;
  • an increase in the utilization rate of current resources and software performance by at least 2 times.
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