What does virtualization mean to you?
Virtualization means a lot of different things to different people, but even among storage-minded folks like Storage readers, the first association is server virtualization. Not so surprising, perhaps, because it's already in use by 63% of readers and a work in progress for 39% of respondents who haven't yet deployed any kind of in-house virtualization. Those server numbers put file and block virtualization to shame, each of which are currently in use by only 17% of respondents. "Too much sizzle and not enough steak regarding block and file virtualization," writes one user. Other readers say there are many other meanings for storage virtualization--it can also apply to technologies like logical volume managers, creating logical unit numbers on the SAN from physical devices and, for some readers, virtual tape.
|When you hear the word "virtualization," what's the first thing that comes to mind?|
|Are you currently using any virtualization technologies?|
|Are you planning on using any of these virtualization technologies?|
This was first published in February 2006