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Vol. 6 No. 11 January 2008

Taming storage virtualization

There are numerous ways to embed virtualization into your storage infrastructure. Here are the pros and cons of the various approaches. Virtualization is showing up in all layers of the storage infrastructure. Host, network and storage system-based block virtualization can each simplify volume management, ease data migrations and decrease storage provisioning times, but all of them increase the complexity of managing a storage environment. As the storage infrastructure becomes more abstracted, organizations may no longer be able to confidently pinpoint what data resides on what storage device or how to isolate the root cause of problems. Where to embed virtualization and when to use it depends on the size of the infrastructure, the type of apps running in it, and the levels of control and visibility required by admins. Today, storage managers need to balance the benefits of virtualization against the complexity it brings. We'll look at seven of the largest storage virtualization providers in North America. Each vendor offers ...

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Features in this issue

  • 8Gb/sec Fibre Channel widens lane for SAN traffic

  • Unlimited storage

    Clemson University has big plans as it upgrades its data center—and those plans call for lots and lots of storage. Their new IT infrastructure is being built along the lines of the National Science Foundation's Cyberinfrastructure initiative. Clemson expects its new world-class facility to attract a new crop of young faculty who will find the storage, bandwidth and CPU resources needed to support their research efforts.

  • Taming storage virtualization

    Where storage virtualization should reside and how it should be applied depends on the size of the storage infrastructure, the type of applications running in it, and the levels of control and visibility required by administrators. We look at the leading storage virtualization products and help you decide which technology may be best for your storage shop.

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