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Published: 30 Oct 2012

Two major virtualization options have emerged: split path and combined path. Deciding which one is best for your storage environment is just part of the decision-making process. The benefits of virtualization are plentiful—centralized storage management, increased storage utilization and lower storage costs to name just a few—but behind the thin veil of standards and visions of storage utopia looms vendor lock-in. With so much riding on the implementation of this technology, you need to assess which, if any, virtualization options are mature enough to deploy. And you'll need to prepare your organization for the blessings and curses this technology will be sure to bring. Storage vendors offer network-based block virtualization in two configurations: combined and split path. Combined-path architectures handle the data and management functions in the same logical design and appear in the following implementations: Appliances. Cloverleaf Communications Inc., DataCore Software Corp., FalconStor Software and IBM Corp. provide their virtualization software on ... Access >>>

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