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Virtualization boosts FC SAN's growth

To exploit the "peak" years of double-digit Fibre Channel growth -- which Villars projects will continue through 2009 -- switch makers are going to have to enhance the ability of users to work with virtual technologies. "Part of the value of server virtualization is the whole mobility angle," he said, "so that [you] can take an application running on one server and then -- because of a failure or planned downtime or performance change -- nondisruptively migrate it to another server."

Villars recommends that storage administrators make sure that network rules and SAN connectivity rules agree with each other. To date, Villars said, "that's proven to be one of the big disconnects -- VMware wanting the network to look one way, and the people running the SAN wanting to configure it in a different way, because it gives them some assurances about protection or load-balancing."

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