by Tara Van Unen
High-speed Internet was a luxury 10 to 15 years ago, but has evolved into a primary method of communication and research. Web presence, social networking sites and high-definition media services grew exponentially, while businesses and enterprises continued to expand existing large databases with one or more duplicate backup sites. More recently, a rapid adoption of network-based services, enabled by desktop virtualization and cloud computing, has begun to manifest as a new paradigm of network management. These digital-age trends have placed an unprecedented strain on servers and storage, and launched a new era in data center management.