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This article is part of the Vol. 5 No. 1 March 2006 issue of Strategies to take the sting out of microcode upgrades
IT PEOPLE WHO get burned by an emerging technology rarely submit themselves to more of the same. But for one survivor of a virtualization project gone wrong, the benefits of the technology were still compelling enough to warrant giving it another shot. Approximately three years ago, Todd Wyman, a senior Unix administrator at a Midwestern manufacturing company, began virtualizing his firm's 30TB of Hitachi and Hewlett-Packard disk using DataCore software. Approximately one year into the project, the environment became "unstable." While Wyman and DataCore differ on the causes of the instability (Wyman blames DataCore's in-band architecture, while DataCore claims Wyman's company hadn't properly configured its redundancy), things were bad enough that the DataCore servers were yanked. Wyman and his co-workers worked for about six weeks to restore the data center to its original, non-virtualized state. Shortly thereafter, they started looking for another virtualization platform. "We missed things like single pane-of-glass management, being able to use open-source ... Access >>>
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