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Chris Baldwin: Page 7 of 15

Baldwin: There’s a number of players doing virtualization -- which, as far as I can tell, adds another layer of complexity.

It’s not clear that virtualization addresses the fundamental problem of easing management. It means inserting a new box to hide the fact that you have lots of disks. But this stops working when the virtualization box runs out of capacity. What happens when you add disk number 17 and the virtualization device only scales to 16 disks?

The good news is we haven’t solved the problem. The engineers need to go back in and have another look at this.

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