The 10 Biggest Storage Stories Of 2008

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Server virtualization at no cost is helping drive new storage business.

Server virtualization market leader VMware in July said it would start offering its ESXi technology as a free download, a nice discount over the some $400 per virtual server it previously charged.

The move was in response to Microsoft's release early this year of its Hyper-V server virtualization technology, which it is including as part of its new Windows Server 2008 operating system.

The availability of "free" server virtualization, the price of which does not include services and additions enough to make any solution provider drool with anticipation, is helping fuel a boom in the adoption of the technology.

And that is huge news for solution providers with a storage practice, as virtual server infrastructures pretty much all need to be attached to a SAN. That allows things like dynamic server and data migration, and the building of very disaster-resistant infrastructures. Many solution providers also use such an infrastructure to build low-cost disaster-recovery solutions.

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