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Published: 16 Oct 2012

The word "virtualization" came into vogue a few years ago with the usual fanfare, promising to solve all the storage management problems the industry was facing. It was going to improve storage utilization, allow for management of heterogeneous storage and simplify the development and use of all storage applications. Venture money poured in. Compaq, DataCore, FalconStor, StoreAge and others jumped into the fray. And then reality set in. There were limitations. Customers were reluctant to put an NT-based appliance in front of a multimillion-dollar cluster of EMC Symmetrix arrays. They worried that the in-band appliance would become a bottleneck and wondered how far it would scale. Very quickly, the "V" word became a bad word. All that changed with IBM's announcement of the SAN Volume Controller this summer. Now we expect the V word will become respectable again, not only for IBM customers but for the entire industry. Why is that? Let's look at what IBM announced--software called SAN Volume Controller (SVC) that runs on xSeries servers running Linux. In terms ... Access >>>

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