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A storage virtualization primer

(Scott Lowe, TechRepublic) Storage is perhaps the least optimized component of the virtualized organization, but all of that can change with storage virtualization. Although the concept of storage virtualization can be difficult to grasp, the benefits are clear.

These days, it’s very likely that you’re doing something with virtualization. The most common virtualization use case is what is commonly known as server virtualization. In a server virtualization project, IT administrators take steps to separate the running workloads from physical hardware in an effort to make better use of overall IT resources and provide an organization with additional infrastructure resiliency.

There are, however, others forms of virtualization that can have major benefits to an organization. One such type of virtualization is known as storage virtualization and, like its server-based cousin, aims to provide IT administrators with even more infrastructure flexibility and resiliency.[...]

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