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Vol. 3 No. 4 June 2004

Snapshot: Virtual servers and storage

Are You Investigating Virtual Server Technology? Is your organization exploring virtual server technology, such as VMware's? Should a virtual server environment be connected to a SAN? How does virtual server technology impact SAN management? Storage readers are enthusiastically jumping on the virtual server bandwagon, with a whopping 80.3% of the 157 respondents indicating that they either have virtual server/virtual machine technology in-house, or they plan to shortly. 80.3% also think that virtual servers should be housed on a storage area network (SAN), although not necessarily because it makes SAN management easier--only 23.6% percent think that's the case. What are the advantages from a SAN manager's perspective? "SAN management with individual servers means many more LUN assignments and zones. Virtualization reduces those numbers drastically," writes one reader. On the other hand, "No longer can you plan on a static one-to-one host-to-LUN(s) arrangement," writes another, who sees a need for more "holistic virtual ...

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Features in this issue

  • NAS on a grand scale

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Do you want to rid yourself of a backup window or two? Continuous backup--also know as continuous data protection--is changing the rules by backing up in real time, or close to it.

  • Down-to-earth HBAs

    Finally, there's an HBA for everyone. Vendors are creating HBAs that are functional and affordable, even for smaller shops.

  • Exchange and NAS On Again

    Microsoft has revised its "No Exchange on NAS" policy to "No Exchange on non-Microsoft NAS."

  • Storage on demand

    Tired of overbuying, overconfiguring or overallocating storage? Utility storage--used in a similiar fashion as electricity or water in your home--may be the answer to your prayers.

  • Continuous protection

    by  James Damoulakis

    Do you want to rid yourself of a backup window or two? Continuous backup--also know as continuous data protection--is changing the rules by backing up in real time, or close to it.

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