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Vol. 10 Num. 3 May 2011

Virtualization, cloud shine spotlight on unified storage

Unified storage adoption is starting to ramp up as data storage pros see the need for simplifying storage so it can be powered, cooled and managed in one pool. Although it seems like we’ve been hearing about unified storage forever, it’s still relatively new -- and that means we’re fairly early in the adoption cycle. But it’s clear that unified, or multiprotocol, storage has a pretty attractive value proposition. In a unified storage environment, data storage becomes a shared resource pool, available to store either block or file data that can be configured to meet application needs as they arise. So it comes as no surprise that there’s significant user interest in deploying unified storage platforms. In a recent survey of 306 IT professionals with storage planning or decision making responsibilities, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) found that 70% of those surveyed have either deployed or are planning to deploy unified storage: 23% have deployed the technology, while 47% are still in the planning phase. Why unified storage Our ...

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