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As file servers multiply, they become more difficult to manage. File virtualization appliances make it much easier to migrate files and recapture stranded storage capacity.
Once considered an afterthought, corporate network file servers are becoming major management headaches. Complicated file migrations, heightened compliance concerns and stranded storage capacity are just a few of the file storage management issues forcing companies to re-evaluate how they handle this critical piece of storage infrastructure.
Forward-looking companies have embraced file virtualization appliances to recapture stranded storage capacity on network file servers and to perform file migrations among them. However, using file virtualization appliances as permanent corporate file managers is a big step that some corporations are unsure they want to take.
File virtualization appliances provide the following major benefits:
- A global namespace that indexes files on network file servers
- Excess storage capacity can be shared among network file servers
- Data migrations that are transparent to end users and applications
- Support for tiered storage infrastructures
This was first published in March 2007