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Bob Plankers
Bob PlankersBob Plankers is an IT generalist with direct knowledge in many areas, such as storage, networking, virtualization, security, system admistration, and data center operations. He has 17 years of experience in IT, is a three-time VMware vExpert and blogger, and serves as the virtualization & cloud architect for a major Midwestern university.

Dell & Nutanix: A Web-Scale Partnership with the XC Series

July 1, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

Dell and Nutanix have jointly announced the Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances, a Dell hardware solution running Nutanix hyperconverged software, as an open-ended partnership. Available in October, the XC Series will function similarly to Nutanix’s current proprietary hardware, except that it will be based on specific (and as-yet-unannounced) configurations of Dell PowerEdge rackmount hardware, with…

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News: Violin Memory Announces Concerto 7000 All-Flash Array

June 25, 2014
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News: Violin Memory Announces Concerto 7000 All-Flash Array

Violin Memory announces the Concerto 7000, which builds on its success with its 6000-series All-Flash Array (AFA). On top of Violin Memory’s proprietary all-flash hardware, this new model adds a comprehensive set of data services focused on business continuity, data protection, scaling, and efficiency. The Concerto 7000 can now replicate to remote arrays either synchronously…

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News: Dell Storage SC4020 Announced in US Market

June 24, 2014
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News: Dell Storage SC4020 Announced in US Market

At its User Forum this week, Dell announced Dell Storage SC4020 availability in the United States. The SC4020 is a small- to mid-size Compellent Storage Center array running the same Storage Center 6.5 software as the SC8000 enterprise arrays, but with a smaller form factor and more limited scalability. The SC4020 has been available in…

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News: New PernixData FVP Features: NFS, In-Memory Support

April 25, 2014
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News: New PernixData FVP Features: NFS, In-Memory Support

At Storage Field Day 5, PernixData announced new features for its flagship product, PernixData FVP. FVP greatly accelerates storage performance in VMware vSphere environments by leveraging SSD and flash technologies to do read and write caching in a protected, clustered way.

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The SolidFire Storage System: Reducing Complexity at Scale

April 24, 2014
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The SolidFire Storage System: Reducing Complexity at Scale

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to get to know SolidFire and its Storage System product, an all-flash array designed for on-premises use but with some attractive cloud functionality. At first glance, the array looks like many of those in the all-flash space. It’s built out of discrete nodes; uses 10 Gbps networking…

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News: VMware VSAN GA Release Ships with vSphere 5.5 Update 1

March 12, 2014
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VMware100x30

After months of beta testing boasting 12,000+ beta testers, VMware has finally thrown its hat into the hyperconverged virtualization space with the GA release of VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 1. Among numerous bug fixes to vSphere, this release contains the GA code for VMware VSAN. VSAN is a shared-nothing clustered storage technology embedded in the…

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Dell Fluid Cache for SAN

December 31, 2013
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Dell Fluid Cache for SAN

Back in mid-2011, Dell acquired RNA Networks, a small startup out of Portland, Oregon. At the time Dell purchased it, RNA had a product, MVX, that employed three different ways to pool memory across multiple servers in order to accelerate workloads. One was a way to pool memory as a storage cache in order to…

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4 Reasons The Calxeda Shutdown Isn’t Surprising

December 27, 2013
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DataCenterVirtualization

The board of Calxeda, the company trying to bring low-power ARM CPUs to the server market, has voted to cease operations in the wake of a failed round of financing. This is completely unsurprising to me, for a few different reasons. Virtualization is more suited to the needs of IT Calxeda’s view of the world…

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Nasuni: Rethinking Every Aspect of Your Enterprise Storage

December 6, 2013
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Nasuni: Rethinking Every Aspect of Your Enterprise Storage

A few weeks ago I had a chance to speak at length with Andres Rodriguez, the incredibly passionate founder and CEO of Nasuni. Nasuni is a highly innovative storage company providing storage infrastructure backed by the cloud. I’ve been writing a lot about caching and flash in virtual infrastructures, and went into the conversation thinking…

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