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File Virtualization: Doing it right

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The next frontier in virtualisation is upon us; we have the technology, and there is a genuine need for it. So are you ready to deliver? We've already seen the absolute dominance of server virtualisation by VMware. We have seen companies like Compellent and 3PAR do what many thought was impossible -- carve out a share of the primary storage market through their storage virtualisation and thin provisioning capabilities. The next frontier in storage virtualisation is file virtualisation on network-attached storage (NAS) systems.

NAS-based file virtualisation promises to be useful, as it solves real file management problems, with immediate ROI.

In the 1990s, one of the more common conversations was how to protect databases. Oracle and other databases were experiencing a big ramp-up, and keeping them protected was critical. While database protection continues to be a productive market, organisations have begun focusing on managing unstructured data.


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