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Published: 30 Oct 2012

Depending on whom you ask, questions about where virtualization should reside in a storage environment and how to make the best use of it will garner different responses. Storage magazine spoke with Ken Steinhardt, EMC's director of technology analysis, who described the company's virtualization philosophy, and offered a glimpse into what EMC has up its sleeve. "The crux of virtualization," Steinhardt says, is simply "fooling a component into thinking it's seeing something that's probably more complex than what it seems." The point of a virtualization abstraction layer, he adds, is almost always to maximize utilization and hide complexity. By that definition, EMC has been in the virtualization game since 1990 with the first Symmetrix, Steinhardt says, which fooled the mainframe's host operating system into thinking it was working with a traditional disk. Fast forward 15 years, and the hot topic is network-based storage virtualization, which EMC thinks shouldn't supplant virtualization at the server and arrays levels. Servers should continue to run ... Access >>>

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