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Vol. 3 No. 8 October 2004

Next-gen switches

Where to start First, determine whether you need to implement applications in the fabric. If your storage environment is predominantly homogenous, you're probably getting your storage applications from a single vendor. If that vendor is EMC, HDS or IBM, they all offer robust applications for replication, mirroring and snapshots. Stick with them. Virtualization isn't an issue if all your storage is from one vendor. You'll continue to pay a premium, but the quality of products and support will be excellent. But that simple scenario doesn't apply to most environments. Mergers and consolidations have turned most shops into a potpourri of storage products from multiple vendors. It's best to introduce virtualization into a large storage environment as an isolated project separated from your critical storage applications. Start with a purpose-built appliance or an intelligent switch from Cisco, Maxxan or Troika, where best-of-breed applications can be ported from a variety of vendors. Candera offers an excellent product as well, but ...

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