Most enterprise storage solutions (iSCSI and Fibre Channel SANs) include some form of thin provisioning capability. Large enterprises that have already heavily invested in SANs are likely to continue building on these technologies as their storage needs continue to expand. A few examples of SAN product lines that support some form of thin provisioning include:
- NetApp SAN:
- EMC CLARiiON family:
- IBM disk storage systems:
- Dell Compellent Storage Center SAN:
- HP thin technologies:
- StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS:
There are lots of other storage systems and solutions that target businesses of different sizes and provide some sort of thin provisioning capability.
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