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Multiplying Virtualization Value by the Full Power of Enterprise Storage with Citrix StorageLink

Server virtualization is a tremendously valuable technology, but as it becomes widely adopted, organizations face new obstacles to managing enterprise storage that have significant impact upon Total Cost of Ownership. The Taneja Group examines these challenges and reviews Citrix StorageLink, a solution that maximizes the use of existing networked storage.

Server virtualization has become a tremendously valuable IT technology. But as it becomes more widely adopted and moves into production environments, organizations are facing new obstacles to managing enterprise storage that limit the flexibility and scalability of the enterprise and can have significant impact upon Total Cost of Ownership.

In this paper, The Taneja Group examines the ramifications of server virtualization for storage management. More specifically, we take an in-depth look at how evolving server virtualization approaches either integrate with or attempt to encapsulate the enterprise storage infrastructure. Depending on the approach, server virtualization solutions can either limit access to or profitably leverage existing networked storage tools, expertise, and processes. Finally we offer an overview of Citrix StorageLink, a solution that leverages and multiplies the value of server virtualization with existing investment in networked storage.

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