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August 2012 Volume 14

A storage strategy built with virtualization in mind

A quantum shift. That is how Ryan Makamson, senior systems engineer for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University, described the impact of virtualization on his storage strategy. Makamson began introducing virtualization technologies to the IT department nine years ago. Server-side virtualization came next for Washington State's various schools, but it wasn't until these schools were moved to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) last year that he "ran into a wall of storage challenges," Makamson said. More on storage strategies Storage technologies are paving the way for Data Center as a Service Deduplicate, compress and defray costs of data storage management Storage Virtualization Strategies for the CIO Serving 6,000 to 8,000 students a year at these schools, plus 500 faculty members, the new VDI environment overwhelmed the existing storage infrastructure, in particular IOPS (input/output operations per second). "I really understand now how much disk IOPS just 100 desktops could...

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