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Published: 22 Oct 2012

A FLURRY OF THIN-PROVISIONING launches from major vendors in the last year brought the technology into the mainstream, but questions remain about who is best served and the best method for implementing it. To recap, Hitachi Data Systems began offering what it calls dynamic provisioning in its Universal Storage Platform V (USP V) systems last November. EMC brought out virtual provisioning on its high-end Symmetrix platform in January and added it to midrange Clariion systems in July. IBM rolled out its Space Efficient Virtual Disks on its SAN Volume Controller virtualization appliance in June. With all of these different names for thin provisioning, about the only thing you can expect vendors to agree on is that customers are looking for the feature first made popular by smaller vendors such as 3PAR and Compellent. But not all customers are asking for it. "Thin provisioning's becoming a standard feature, just like all RAID levels, snaps and replication," says Greg Schulz, founder and senior analyst at StorageIO Group in Stillwater, MN. But not all customers ... Access >>>

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