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Vol. 10 Num. 2 April 2011

Thin provisioning in depth

Thin provisioning can help you use your disk capacity much more efficiently, but you need to get under the hood a little to understand how thin provisioning will work in your environment. Nobody wants to pay for something they're not using, but enterprise data storage managers do it all the time. The inflexible nature of disk storage purchasing and provisioning leads to shockingly low levels of capacity utilization. Improving the efficiency of storage has been a persistent theme of the industry and a goal for most storage professionals for a decade, but only thin provisioning technology has delivered tangible, real-world benefits. The concept of thin provisioning may be simple to comprehend, but it's a complex technology to implement effectively. If an array only allocates storage capacity that contains data, it can store far more data than one that allocates all remaining (and unnecessary) "white space." But storage arrays are quite a few steps removed from the applications that store and use data, and no standard communication...

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Features in this issue

  • Thin provisioning in depth

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Thin provisioning can help you use your disk capacity much more efficiently, but you need to get under the hood to understand how the technology might work in your environment.

  • Exchange 2010 and storage systems

    by  Brien Posey

    With Exchange Server 2010, Microsoft made some significant changes to the email app's database structure, and those changes may also affect the storage it resides on.

  • Virtual disaster recovery

    by  Lauren Whitehouse

    Whether used singly or combined, server virtualization and storage virtualization are making an impact on IT's ability to deliver disaster recovery, and to do so cost effectively.

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