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Vol. 9 Num. 10 February 2011

Follow the leader: Mature virtualization projects reap biggest benefits

A recent survey shows the sharp contrast between the benefits associated with server virtualization projects depending on the age and size of the deployment. While server virtualization is common, IT organizations often struggle with backup challenges and suffer real setbacks when it comes to transitioning from a physical to a virtual environment. As organizations move from using server virtualization in test and development to actual production environments, data protection becomes a critical priority. Among other things, organizations are grappling with completing backups for newly virtualized machines that are provisioned without backup policies. The other side of the coin is the list of benefits -- improved app provisioning, availability and recovery processes -- associated with server virtualization that are all closely tied to how much experience an IT team has with the technology. Identifying virtualization maturity: Laggards, followers and leaders Looking at some key characteristics, or key performance indicators, ESG ...

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Features in this issue

  • Finalists: 2010 data storage Products of the Year

    Find out which products were chosen as finalists in the 2010 storage Products of the Year competition by Storage magazine and

  • Replication revisited

    Once an expensive option, data replication is now available in many forms and is a more affordable and effective disaster recovery option than ever.

  • Storage managers plan for busy 2011

    Based on our annual Storage Priorities Survey, it looks like a busy year -- storage budgets are up a bit and there are long to-do lists.

  • Using NAS for virtual machines

    Common wisdom says you need block storage for virtual servers; but with most hypervisors supporting the NFS protocol, NAS may work just as well.

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