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Vol. 9 Num. 6 September 2010

Virtualizing NAS

Companies of all sizes are being inundated with unstructured data that's straining the limits of traditional file storage. File virtualization can pool those strained resources and provide for future growth. Unstructured data is growing at an unprecedented rate in all industries and has become one of the top challenges for IT departments. Market data from a variety of analyst and research firms shows a congruent picture: In most companies, the amount of unstructured data (file based) outstrips structured data; it's spread across the enterprise; and it tends to reside on a motley assortment of isolated file stores that range from file servers to network-attached storage (NAS). Management pain points have reached a critical level and associated costs are skyrocketing. How we ended up in this dilemma is well understood. On the one hand, we have the simplicity of implementing unstructured data stores via Windows and Linux file servers with directly attached and storage-area network (SAN) storage; on the other hand, we have ...

Features in this issue

  • Virtualizing NAS

    Companies of all sizes are being inundated with unstructured data that's straining the limits of traditional file storage. File virtualization can pool those strained resources and provide for future growth.

Columns in this issue

  • ILM lives again!

    Information lifecycle management faded into oblivion without getting serious notice. But it's back now, with a new name and more realistic goals.

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