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Spaid Breaks Ground

If you're digging the details on where storage network virtualization should or should not take place, consider using a SPAID.

Depending on whom you ask, SPAID stands for "split path acceleration of independent data streams" or "split path acceleration of intelligent devices."

Regardless of terminology, Spaid signifies a technique that combines the advantages of in-band virtual links with out-of-band ones. And sources say it's starting small but likely to build momentum over the next couple of years.

Let's take it from the top. Many IT shops today are returning to a serious consideration of virtualization as a means of consolidating and managing stored data. But adding virtual functions such as remote replication to a storage network calls for separating the stored data from the control information that's needed to organize it and apply virtual functions to it.

There have traditionally been two solutions proferred by storage vendors:

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