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Vol. 5 No. 11 January 2007

Storage virtualization technologies have been purchased and implemented successfully for years

The truth isn't sexy, but it sells Vendors need to deep-six their marketing hype about virtualization and concentrate on the problems it can solve. I've heard a lot of whining from various industry folks who blame users for not "embracing virtualization," i.e., parting with their money for some vendor's marketing pitch. Instead of blaming users, vendors should look in the mirror. Storage virtualization technologies have been purchased and implemented successfully for years. The rest of the IT infrastructure will try to catch up (think VMware) and, ultimately, the only thing not virtualized within the data center will be the last guy standing. Volume Manager was directly (and indirectly) responsible for billions of dollars of revenue for Veritas (and others). But nobody called it virtualization, although it's a perfect illustration of the technology. It makes something physical look like something else, and creates an abstraction between that physical thing and the stuff talking to it. If that ain't virtualization, I don't know ...

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    Centralizing remote-office and branch-office (ROBO) apps and their data in the primary data center has enormous economies of scale. These remote-data apps cut the amount of data sent over the wire, making it possible to economically back up remote data to a central site. We provide a sampling of the various ROBO data management products on the market, and describe how they can best be implemented.

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