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Published: 20 Oct 2012

  No matter which storage show or conference you attend, you can be guaranteed lots of presentations and peer networking around the topic of virtualization. In my experience, most of these conversations center on the debate over block virtualization: Does it belong in the network or in the array? But attendees at this fall's Storage Networking World (SNW) show in Grapevine, TX, focused squarely on the VMware experience. John Thomas, IT manager at the Atlanta- based law firm Troutman Sanders, turned to VMware to control costs in his data center and lessen the amount of time needed to deploy servers. "We implemented VMware because with our growth rate, we had an issue with space, power and cooling in the data center," he says. Thomas' SNW presentation, titled "Virtual Verdict," covered backup options in a virtual environment. "The turnaround time to provision a server with VMware is about 15 minutes," he noted.?"Before, it could take weeks to acquire hardware and get a new server in place." Instead of buying 15 physical servers at $5,000 each, Thomas estimated... Access >>>

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