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Two major virtualization options have emerged: split path and combined path. Deciding which one is best for your storage environment is just part of the decision-making process.
The benefits of virtualization are plentiful—centralized storage management, increased storage utilization and lower storage costs to name just a few—but behind the thin veil of standards and visions of storage utopia looms vendor lock-in. With so much riding on the implementation of this technology, you need to assess which, if any, virtualization options are mature enough to deploy. And you'll need to prepare your organization for the blessings and curses this technology will be sure to bring.
This was first published in December 2005