The future's virtually here: IT firm
A CITY IT firm is urging other businesses to not get left behind by technology and use virtualisation to handle their data storage.
Amos Swan, managing director of Tamar Science Park-based Acronyms Ltd, said "the future is virtual".
He said: "Businesses that don't start using virtualisation to handle data storage and computing requirements within the next five years are going to find themselves at a significant disadvantage in terms of storage capacity, access speed, security and proofing against equipment failure.
"This could mean using a mix of building-based servers and virtual or cloud storage, feeding into dumb desktop work stations.
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"Whatever the mix of sources, it is a complex environment that needs powerful, flexible software to handle it and this year there has been a significant development in that area."
He said that development is the recent launch of Microsoft Server 2012 software, which, he claims, offers more features and functionality than current market leader VMware.
Mr Swan said: "One of the most significant features is Replica for Hyper-V. Put simply this vastly improves options for disaster recovery, in this case data loss, with a very flexible system of saving replicated or mirrored data in a compressed form from a primary to a replica server."
Other improvements include the new Resilient File System (ReFS) which replaces NTFS and FAT standards and brings expanded storage capacity and less need for constant defragmentation.
Dynamic Access Control, another new feature, speeds up access to information for certified users, beefs up and improves security and auditing of data for compliance purposes.
Mr Swan said: "The slumbering Microsoft giant has woken up in 2012 with some impressive products, especially for business."