What are the benefits of file virtualization? Can't you just add more file servers?

NAS is often a Catch-22. The value proposition of NAS has been its transparency and ease of use...

NAS is often a Catch-22. The value proposition of NAS has been its transparency and ease of use. There is built-in storage and data management that gives you powerful data sharing capability. But, the proliferation of NAS has led to the proliferation of filers all over the place. It's been similar to the proliferation of PCs because they are also easy to install and use, while being readily affordable. But, with hundreds or even thousands of devices deployed across the enterprise, now you have a management problem including issues, such as data protection, backup, replication, mirroring, migration and consolidation.

File virtualization technology helps to address the problems associated with NAS/file server sprawl. That's the value of file virtualization; helping organizations of any size manage their storage resources more effectively.

Go back to the beginning of the File Virtualization FAQ Guide.

This was first published in June 2007

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