Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Storage Virtualization

  • Hiroshi YoshidaEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_1335


Storage virtualization is technology to build logical storage using physical storage devices. More precisely, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) defines storage virtualization as follows:
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    The act of abstracting, hiding, or isolating the internal function of a storage (sub)system or service from applications, computer servers, or general network resources for the purpose of enabling application- and network-independent management of storage or data.

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    The application of virtualization to storage services or devices for the purpose of aggregating, hiding complexity, or adding new capabilities to lower-level storage resources.

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    Storage can be virtualized simultaneously in multiple layers of a system, for instance, to create hierarchical storage manager-like systems.


Key Points

Storage virtualization is used to provide an aggregation of data blocks (a logical volume) to applications running on servers. This aggregation of blocks may reside on a single...

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Recommended Reading

  1. 1.
    Storage Network Industry Association. Storage virtualization: the SNIA technical tutorials. 2007. Available at: http://www.snia.org/education/storage_networking_primer/stor_virt/.
  2. 2.
    Storage Network Industry Association. The SNIA shared storage model. 2007. Available at: http://www.snia.org/education/storage_networking_primer/shared_storage_model/.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.VLSI Design and Education CenterUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Fujitsu LimitedYokohamaJapan

Section editors and affiliations

  • Masaru Kitsuregawa
    • 1
  1. 1.Inst. of Industrial ScienceUniv. of TokyoTokyoJapan