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Tips for thin provisioning storage in a health care setting
This article is part of the Health IT issue of August 2011
Thin provisioning storage is now considered mainstream. Every vendor offers thin provisioning as a part of the core functionality on its arrays. In fact, most vendors have taken thin provisioning to the next level by offering intelligence in their arrays. This intelligence can detect when files are deleted and when free space can be reclaimed. Learn more thin provisioning best practices Thin provisioning storage brings utilization and capacity benefits, but with a caveat Virtualization storage thin provisioning and lifecycle planning What to look for in thin provisioning storage products for SMBs By coupling thin provisioning with automatic storage tiering, online data deduplication and compression technologies, vendors are taking storage systems to unprecedented levels of optimizing data at rest. In fact, the aggressive adoption of server virtualization in data centers has in turn driven the adoption of all four of these technologies in tandem -- as companies in almost every industry seek to lower fully burdened, per-Gigabyte ...
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