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This article is part of the Vol. 9 Num. 7 October 2010 issue of Integrating virtual servers and desktops with storage
Here are the pros and cons of block-based and file-based storage deployments to help you decide how to support your virtual environment. Server virtualization is one of the most crucial technologies in IT today. And a robust and efficient storage infrastructure designed to support the virtual server environment is equally as important. Yet many users neglect this supporting framework when planning for server virtualization. If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, IT needs to ensure that storage isn't the weak link in the virtualized application infrastructure chain. To realize the greatest economies of scale and achieve optimal performance, organizations must carefully weigh their options when choosing a storage protocol to support their virtual server environments. Which protocol should you choose? There's no absolute or standard answer to this question. Both protocols -- block and file -- have distinct advantages and specific limitations. Block-based storage is the more mature technology and currently has a larger installed base. NFS, though, has... Access >>>
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