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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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