Conclusion: Server virtualisation will continue to be one of the most important IT infrastructure trends for the next few years. However, the same cannot be said of storage virtualisation which is poorly defined, poorly understood and not widely used. Infrastructure managers must understand the realities of storage virtualisation, learn to separate vendor hype from facts, and discover where it can be applied to give real benefits.

Over the next 2 years network based storage virtualisation will remain a niche, while thin provisioning enjoys rapid adoption and becomes the storage virtualisation technique most talked about.

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