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October 2013 Vol. 12 No. 8

SANsymphony-V and my virtual summer vacation

DataCore Software's SANsymphony-V storage hypervisor comes to Jon Toigo's rescue as the summer elements wreak havoc in his Florida-based on-premises test lab. In the Tampa Bay area of Florida, where I live and mostly work, we haven't been in the direct path of a significant hurricane for nearly 90 years. We've picked up a lot of collateral damage from legendary storms that have either churned their way up the Gulf of Mexico or made landfall on the East Coast over the last few decades, but we've missed the direct hit. That record holds true as I write this column. However, that fact shouldn't be viewed as a boast. A few months ago, a tropical storm system (precursor to a hurricane) came ashore within 70 miles of my office and home bringing high winds and torrential rains that showed me it was time for a new roof. Water found its way into eight different parts of my house, including my on-premises storage lab where a rack of Dell servers (not virtualized) and a variety of storage systems from different vendors (all virtualized ...

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