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This article is part of the Vol. 7 No. 9 November 2008 issue of Salaries rise, but storage jobs get tougher
Storage pros will need to learn more about the network than ever before. data centers are being transformed. Companies are consolidating geographically dispersed data centers into centralized ones to reduce footprints and costs, and to improve performance. One of the most visible technologies enabling this change is virtualization, particularly server virtualization. But despite all of the attention virtualization has received, probably less than 10% of available servers have been virtualized, leaving a lot of room for future growth. Another significant part of this transformation is the expanding role of the network. To support all of the features and functionality of server virtualization, a networked storage environment is required. Research from Enterprise Strategy Group indicates that 86% of server virtualization shops leverage a networked storage environment. While vendors will argue the merits of various types of networks, the most common one is still Fibre Channel (FC), chosen for performance reasons. However, it's not used exclusively and many firms... Access >>>
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