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Storage Virtualization: History, Standards and Current Deployments

Published: 13 September 2006

ID: G00142865

Analyst(s): April Adams, Robert E. Passmore


The creation of a storage virtualization standard as part of the Small Computer System Interface standard ratified by ANSI in 1986 has enabled more than 20 years of extensive development and widespread deployment of virtualization technologies in disk arrays and storage networks.

Table Of Contents
  • What Is Storage Virtualization?
    • Storage Virtualization Standards
    • Storage Virtualization and the Storage Network
    • Other Key Virtualization Features
    • Where Virtualization Is Implemented
    • Intelligence (In the Network)
  • Virtualization Deployments Today

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