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Virtualization and green storage dominate SNW

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Some users are even considering their second generation of storage virtualization, courtesy of Sun's recent decision to terminate its 6920 virtualization product. A large western municipality, which preferred not to be named, found the 6920 easy to install and allocate, but was forced to look elsewhere due to support issues. As a result, the company is switching to Hitachi Data Systems' TagmaStore.

But other attendees who had implemented a storage virtualization product were few and far between. Most users said they weren't deploying it because of cost concerns and a fear of putting all of their eggs into one basket.

John McArthur, president and co-founder of Walden Technology Partners, heard an interesting perspective from users on the benefits of virtualization to reduce floor space, power and cooling. "There was less concern about buying too much storage and more about the cost of maintaining, provisioning and cooling it," he says.

A storage administrator at Boeing says his company is looking closely at how much power its EMC Clariion and Centera systems draw as the company builds out a new data center in Denver. "We have a power budget and this has to be part of our evaluation criteria now," he says. Still, Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst at Taneja Group, Hopkinton, MA, cautions users that most announcements around "green storage" are "garbage." Vendors are trying to "ride the green curve," says Taneja, by putting green storage on their

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data sheets. "But they're going to get a bloody nose," he says. "This is a genuine problem that will not be solved by marketing hype."


--Jo Maitland

This was first published in June 2007

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