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Author: Dave Raffo
SAN FRANCISCO -- Storage shops are increasingly using virtual servers for production data now that they've become familiar with the technology and more comfortable using it, said administrators at VMworld 2010. Administrators from First National Bank (FNB) in Pennsylvania and Netherlands-based brewer Heineken provided details about their evolution from no networked storage to SANs, virtualized production servers, and sophisticated data protection and storage array technology within a few years.
First National Bank, which has $9 billion in assets and 300 branches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee and Florida, began a virtualization project last year to improve data protection and make it easier to integrate acquisitions.
"We knew we needed a SAN, and we knew we needed virtualization," said Brian Diegan, vice president of network services at FNB. "The business reason was that we'll improve our backup and recovery capability, and be able to scale and grow the business."