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November 2013 Vol. 12 No. 9

How the future of data storage will stack up

The future of data storage will have storage shedding the role of a passive technology player as it integrates more closely with applications and workloads. In a previous column, Arun Taneja wrote that the concept of LUNs is dead or at least dying as the primary way storage will be managed in the future. This has become evident with the emergence and increased adoption of products offering advanced virtual machine (VM)-centric storage. Shifting the focus from LUNs to VMs changes the storage game for VM administrators who can continue to work with constructs they understand directly, storage folks who have to elevate their service offerings, and even those pesky end users who might benefit from increased performance and availability (and hopefully lower costs). You could view the end of the LUN as a consequence of industry commoditization of low-level array functionality as storage vendors compete to offer better, higher-level products; or you might chalk it up to a highly competitive marketplace where the most efficient and ...

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