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When organizations transition to virtualized environments, efficient and effective management of storage resources can be a particular challenge. Many storage management tools are designed for traditional, non-virtualized environments in which the relationship between servers and storage resources is static and one to one. Virtualization, however, abstracts servers, operating systems, and applications from the physical hardware that supports them, rendering them inaccessible to most storage management tools. As a result, storage administrators typically lack visibility into how the virtualized server environment is configured and which Virtual Machines (VMs) are consuming which storage resources. Similarly, system administrators typically lack visibility into the storage infrastructure and which storage resources are assigned to support which VMs.
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