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Published: 01 Nov 2012

Everyone wants a slice of thin provisioning. Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and EqualLogic recently added the technology to their arsenals, prompting EMC to confirm its plans to support thin provisioning in early 2008. Hewlett-Packard (HP) is rumored to have something in the works for this summer, and IBM has talked about thin provisioning in the context of its System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) software. Industry analysts expect thin provisioning to be available on all midrange and high-end arrays by mid-2008. Thin provisioning lets administrators earmark more capacity than has been physically installed on an array to delay storage purchases until absolutely necessary. Physical capacity is only dedicated when an application writes data, rather than when the storage volume is initially allocated. 3PAR and Compellent Technologies have long been offering this feature and many of their customers swear by it. "We no longer have to guess how much storage we need; we can pre-allocate and when we get up to or close to that amount, we just add more," says Curtis... Access >>>

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