Simple and efficient storage management is critical to addressing the increasingly complex IT challenges from trends such as server virtualization and exponential growth of application data. Applications, whether they are running in physical or virtual environments, continually demand more from their storage systems — as performance, capacity, availability, backup and disaster recovery needs intensify, so do expectations of the servers and storage that support them. As a result, IT professionals need a storage solution that integrates a full complement of high-end management capabilities, includes data protection and operates intelligently. They need a reliable storage system that expands transparently and provides consistent data availability regardless of the server configuration, operating system or application.