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2012: The year storage becomes a celebrity

Lucas Mearian | Jan. 31, 2012
While data storage has always been a necessary building block for technology, it's rarely garnered as much attention as it has in the past two years. The reason: Corporate and retail consumers are being forced to store greater amounts of data and they need to make that data more useful -- and accessible.

"It's all about doing more for less or more in the same foot print," he added.

EMC President and Chief Operating Officer Pat Gelsinger also believes storage arrays can become application servers, removing the bottleneck that networks can create. The technology would work by running VMware's vSphere directly on the storage controllers and then using vMotion to migrate VMs from application servers onto the storage array.

Flash-maker Micron also sees merit in allowing multiple servers to access a pool of solid-state storage in order to remove I/O bottlenecks.

It recently announced it is buying Virtensys Ltd., a U.K.-based provider of PCIe-sharing products. Micron plans to use Virtensys' PCIe virtualization technology to allow data centers to share local solid-state drive (SSD) storage across multiple servers.





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