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Vol. 8 Num. 2 April 2009

Virtual jobs

Virtualizing servers, storage and even networks will change the face of IT and significantly impact the roles of storage professionals. By Rich Friedman Virtualization is dramatically changing how servers, storage and networks are configured and managed. But virtualization technologies aren't just changing storage environments; they're rapidly changing the nature and scope of storage jobs. Virtualization creates more interdependencies across different technology domains, which can instigate political turf wars over who should architect, divvy up and manage storage resources. Should it be the storage, network, server or VMware administrator? "With server virtualization, storage administrators are, in some ways, ceding control of large blocks of storage to be allocated and managed by those responsible for VMware," said James Damoulakis, chief technology officer at GlassHouse Technologies Inc., Framingham, Mass. FCoE could tip balance Traditionally, Fibre Channel (FC)-based storage-area networks (SANs) have been, by and large, ...

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Features in this issue

  • Power-smart disk systems

    Disk drive systems use more power than just about any other data center gear, but storage vendors are addressing this problem with a variety of technologies.

  • Value-based data protection

    There's no skimping when it comes to data protection, but tight budgets mean that storage managers will be looking for solid value in their backup products.

  • The buzz about dedupe

    Approximately one-third of respondents to Storage magazine's latest survey use a dedupe product, but how easy will it be to convert stragglers?

  • Replication alternatives

    Data replication is great for protecting critical data and ensuring quick recoveries. Find out where you should deploy replication: in your array, network or servers.

  • Virtual jobs

    Virtualizing servers, storage and even networks will change the face of IT and significantly impact the roles of storage professionals.

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