At this point in time, most customers expect to have these features in both block- and file-based storage products. In block-based products, these features have historically been between "like" systems only (systems from the same vendor), but that's been changing over the last few years to become more heterogeneous, though heterogeneity is still the exception. The features are available, but there may be operational issues that add...
to the complexity of a unified [or multiprotocol] storage platform.
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