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Vol. 7 No. 2 April 2008

Best Practices: High hopes for thin provisioning

It seems like everyone is talking about thin provisioning. It's no miracle cure, but the technology can do wonders. It appears that thin provisioning is finally a mainstream technology. With Hitachi Data Systems recently announcing its Universal Storage Platform (USP) V with thin provisioning (called Dynamic Provisioning) and EMC making its Virtual Provisioning announcement, it's only a matter of time before all of the other storage vendors will be touting thin provisioning as a new feature in their product lines. But thin provisioning isn't new. Companies such as 3PAR and other smaller players have been selling it as a core feature of their product lines for a while. With the buzz around virtualization, this technology has suddenly become interesting to more players because it offers a new approach to how storage is provisioned. Is thin provisioning truly a miracle technology? Not really. It's not a tool that can magically provide you with more capacity than you purchased. However, it does let you allocate only what's accessed ...

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Columns in this issue

  • Best Practices: High hopes for thin provisioning

    Thin provisioning is a promising way to address allocation and performance. One of the biggest challenges when using the technology is knowing where your data lives, and whether it can be tracked or recovered if there's a catastrophic component failure.

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    The transactional computing era is over. The Internet computing era is dragging data into the "cloud," and this new era will rain more files--and bigger files--down on you than you can ever imagine.

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