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Vol. 5 No. 1 March 2006

Virtual reality: The inevitability of storage virtualization

Virtual reality: The inevitability of storage virtualization Virtualization is a tried-and-true technology, so what's holding it back? THE POWER OF TODAY'S information technology is not being used as it should be in most enterprises. IT is bogged down in problems ... and is so difficult to change that it often inhibits the implementation of new and important processes." That's an unattributed quote from "Solving the information management puzzle: A life cycle approach" by Thomas H. Davenport and Don Cohen of Babson College in Babson Park, MA. But if it sounds like your environment, don't feel too bad. The quote is more than 20 years old. This begs the question: Are the storage initiatives we undertake a boon or a hindrance? People who have bought into the tiered storage concept complain about the difficulty of managing disparate multitiered devices without any kind of consistency and uniformity. Storage provisioning requires multiple sets of tools and processes. Data migration is a continual challenge. These activities depend on...

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