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Tech 10: Virtualization Products That Are Making Data Centers More Efficient

CRN looks at some of the hottest virtualization products for streamlining data centers and making them more productive.

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VMware started selling its VSAN storage virtualization technology earlier this year, pitching it as a significantly cheaper option than hybrid storage arrays for enterprises.

VSAN pools together storage from server hard drives and solid state drives in a way that makes it easy for virtual machines to use. It's built into the vSphere hypervisor, which means it can deliver speedy performance, and this is one of the main selling points VMware has been highlighting.

It's still unclear whether VSAN will be a hit commercially, but VMware channel partners who've tried it out say it has lots of potential. As for VMware's storage partners, they're publicly saying it's great for the industry that VMware is embracing software-defined storage. Whether they'll still be saying the same a year from now is an open question, however.

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