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Vol. 6 No. 10 December 2007

Talking up server virtualization, security at SNW

  No matter which storage show or conference you attend, you can be guaranteed lots of presentations and peer networking around the topic of virtualization. In my experience, most of these conversations center on the debate over block virtualization: Does it belong in the network or in the array? But attendees at this fall's Storage Networking World (SNW) show in Grapevine, TX, focused squarely on the VMware experience. John Thomas, IT manager at the Atlanta- based law firm Troutman Sanders, turned to VMware to control costs in his data center and lessen the amount of time needed to deploy servers. "We implemented VMware because with our growth rate, we had an issue with space, power and cooling in the data center," he says. Thomas' SNW presentation, titled "Virtual Verdict," covered backup options in a virtual environment. "The turnaround time to provision a server with VMware is about 15 minutes," he noted.?"Before, it could take weeks to acquire hardware and get a new server in place." Instead of buying 15 physical servers at...

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  • Talking up server virtualization, security at SNW

  • VTL data management issues

    As disk libraries become the primary backup target for near-term data recoveries, storage managers are exploring new ways to exploit tape's high capacity, low cost and mobility. Disk is the best medium for fast backups and recoveries, and many companies have turned to virtual tape libraries as a way to put disk in their backup process. On the surface, it may seem easy to implement a VTL, but there are many subtle operational issues that must be dealt with to ensure that your data can be recovered quickly when needed.

  • Snapshot: Will you adopt LTO-4?

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