Having recently migrated to a virtual infrastructure, Vince Biddlecombe has learned a lesson or two about virtualization. One of the biggies, he says, is that good enterprise storage is a must-have. "You've got to have shared storage," he says. "To be virtualizing with storage inside individual servers doesn't make sense to me. Your storage infrastructure has to be up to the task." At Transplace, a third-party logistics provider, the storage layer was the first Biddlecombe attacked as he plotted his virtualization strategy. The NetApp FAS3070 gave him two particularly valuable capabilities, he says: SnapMirror, which allows him near-real-time replication between the production and backup data centers; and SnapCopy, which lets him create logical copies of the development databases. Previously, testing or refreshing those databases had taken hours. "The centralized storage, all virtualized from a server point of view, plus the ability to do the real-time replication and make logical copies, made this layer for us," Biddlecombe says.