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Vol. 3 No. 1 March 2004

Virtual Servers in a Storage World

Traditional storage vendors are running headlong into the realm of server virtualization, alternately known as utility, blade or autonomic computing. The latest storage vendors to illustrate this trend? EMC, for one, with its $635 million purchase of VMware; and Veritas, with a slew of server software-related acquisitions, the latest being Ejasent in January, for $59 million. VMware makes virtual machine software that addresses the problem of Intel server proliferation, server administration and provisioning software and availability software. Ejasent also makes application availability software. Sounds great, but what does that have to do with storage? Quite a bit, it turns out. And whether you think the idea of storage vendors vying for this space is innovative or foolhardy, the fact remains that before anyone can call utility computing a success, vendors have a lot of work ahead of them integrating virtual servers and storage. At EMC, a first order of business may be to help make VMware's virtual machine software more ...

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