Virtual Storage: How Intelligent Is It?

Robb, Drew
November 2007
Business Communications Review;Nov2007, Vol. 37 Issue 11, p60
Trade Publication
The article discusses storage intelligence, hardware and software that automatically manages files and storage capacity. Some software companies propose incorporating intelligence into computer storage through devices or switches in storage area networks (SANs). Virtualization through the file area network (FAN) helps manage files by detaching files from servers. Block-level virtualization is implemented in the storage subsystem, allowing access to disk drives and devices. Thin provisioning saves storage space by allocating multiple applications to virtual capacities. Data encryption may be added to storage systems as well.


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