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CXO Mumbai: Storage virtualization concerns

Really, I can totally understand this. I will be giving a press conference in Africa in the coming weeks. I will address the issues that are bothering the IT managers and CEOs/CIOs the most. The problem is pretty clear: A pretty new data center suddenly has to undergo changes: blades, virtualization, desktop virtualization are great new technologies BUT they do make you think before you start revamping your data center. I am not saying that it is not possible, its just that you ought to watch out for the "proverbial pitfalls!"

Today's typical data center houses equipment from many large yet independent server and storage systems. There are also servers running a variety of operating systems with some storage attached. Many of these servers run a single application, and in some cases, these have been built into distinct and separate silos, resulting in hundreds and sometimes thousands of these silos in the data center of today's larger enterprises.

This proliferation has introduced considerable physical complexity and made the management of devices and data very difficult for IT Managers.

The solution to this complexity is to introduce virtualization technology at the server, networking, and the storage layer within the infrastructure fabric.


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