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File Systems: Your Virtual Friends

I'm curious to know what you think about the following two paragraphs:

At the end of the day, the bulk of the servers that are being virtualized under the crop of current hypervisors don't need hypervisors at all. If analysts are correct, the preponderance of servers that are being stacked up in hypervisor hosting environments are file servers and low-traffic web servers. Consolidating file servers can be accomplished using another virtualization product that gets little mention in the trade press -- something called the file system.

File systems, which are one of nine layers of virtualization commonly seen in contemporary distributed computing platforms, provide the means to consolidate access to multiple physical data repositories using the metaphor of a file folder or library. If a file server is getting long in the tooth, simply move its contents to a file folder bearing the server's name in a larger server system.

Is this simply common sense or is the writer glossing over the facts with superficial simplicity?

Comment here or send your comments to me at bhoard@1105media.com.

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 01/19/2010 at 12:48 PM


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