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Where Does the Intelligence Go?

LAS VEGAS -- Adding intelligence to storage devices goes beyond putting virtualization capabilities in SAN switches, according to a panel of industry executives here at the Networld+Interop tradeshow.

Other than that, there was little consensus within the group, which raised more questions than answers while discussing what intelligent applications users want, where they should go, and what problems they can solve.

Some panel members appeared concerned that the issue has turned into a debate on virtualization, at the expense of specific applications that it enables such as data replication, mirroring, snapshotting, and resource management.

"Originally, virtualization meant a single pool of multiple storage islands. Now we've turned virtualization into intelligence," said Christopher Croteau, Intel Corp.'s (Nasdaq: INTC) director of business development for storage.

Turning intelligence back to its broader definition raises the question: Haven't we been here before?

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