Can NAS Handle A Dense VM Environment?

Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems have traditionally been used for the storing of unstructured data. As these systems have increased in performance and capabilities they are being used more and more for non-traditional NAS workloads, like databases and virtualization. While NAS has carved out a niche in the virtualization market it has not seen widespread adoption in the enterprise data center. It has lacked the performance needed to scale to handle an environment where the hosts are densely populated with virtual machines. Fibre channel block storage has continued to rule this kingdom.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Weekly Newsletter.

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