As more and more companies make the switch to at least a partially virtualized environment, a number of consequences have been the result, including several challenges that almost every company faces when it comes to dividing the work of internal storage IT teams and the virtual server management team. In many cases, these two sides of the virtual coin can be at odds and it can be difficult for them to work out a way in which a business benefits. Each side feels a certain amount of ownership for the work that it takes care of, along with a notion that the other side does not know how to properly handle the work that they are doing.
What has become apparent to many business that have moved 50 or 60 percent of their data to a virtualized environment is that a new paradigm has to be created, and what it looks like depends in large part on how the virtual environment is implemented. If a company chooses a VPS provider that is able to create a solid and stable work environment, then IT storage and managed server teams can likely avoid one another for the most part, each handling their own end of the spectrum. If, however, a virtual system and a storage system do not work well together, it may be necessary to have some overlap of responsibilities to ensure that both ends are well maintained.
Key in this balance is ensuring that VM administrators are not moving or writing storage that is not necessary and that storage administrators are not interfering with the actions of VM providers. With a great provider and a focus on continual communication, a storage/server balance can be reached.