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Vol. 1 No. 11 January 2003

Ten Things You Can Do With Virtualization

Think virtualization is a technology without a cause? Think again. According to companies such as FalconStor, DataCore, and StorAge, users aren't buying into virtualization for virtualization's sake, but because it helps them solve any number of vexing storage-related problems. Here's a sampling of applications users have found for the technology: 1. Improve capacity utilization. Pooling storage can help storage administrators improve upon the abysmal 40% to 50% capacity utilization rates that typify most IT shops. That's especially important for shops mirroring storage to a secondary site. 2. Disaster recovery. Before virtualization, data replication happened between like arrays or like hosts. Now, with virtualization, IT shops can replicate asymmetrically, that is, without having to provide a matching host or disk at the disaster recovery site. 3. Faster backup. By taking a snapshot of a file system, virtualization software can eliminate the bottleneck created by communication between the agents on the application server and ...

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