Virtual data center architecture: Storage Purchasing Intentions fall 2012 survey

Storage virtualization technology choices

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Fall 2012 storage virtualization methods chart

About 66% of respondents to the fall 2012 storage Purchasing Intentions survey did not plan to purchase storage virtualization technology products that year. Of those who did plan to, no one technology type dominated their plans. 

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Appliance-based storage virtualization was cited by 14% of respondents, host-based storage virtualization was cited by another 14%, array-based storage virtualization was cited by 12%, switch-based storage virtualization was cited by 10%, and storage virtualization software running on a standalone server was cited by 9%. Host-based storage virtualization was especially favored by respondents from small and midsize companies.

Among survey respondents who had already implemented storage virtualization, about 57% had accomplished it through a storage array's virtualization capabilities.

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