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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.

PernixData FVP

September 20, 2013
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DataCenterVirtualization

2013 is the year of caching. The VMworld conference was full of news about startups using expensive-yet-fast technologies like flash, SSD, and RAM to make up for deficiencies in storage performance. One of those startups was PernixData, announcing their FVP caching product.

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Caching as a Service

September 17, 2013
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DataCenterVirtualization

Caching is taking over the world of virtualization in an attempt to use flash, SSD, and RAM to decouple storage performance from storage capacity.

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Nutanix OS 3.5: Deduplication, New GUI, SRM, Hyper-V Support

August 28, 2013
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Nutanix OS 3.5: Deduplication, New GUI, SRM, Hyper-V Support

Nutanix, one of the fastest growing IT infrastructure startups around, shows no signs of slowing down with their release of Nutanix OS 3.5. For those not familiar with Nutanix, they offer a truly converged virtualized infrastructure. This generally consists of four nodes in two rack units of space, where each node has CPU, RAM, traditional…

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Three Things To Consider About Virtual Storage Appliances

July 26, 2013
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StorageNetworking

Virtual storage appliances offer great features, flexibility, and pricing, but like most new technology they need us to ask our vendors different questions.

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The Potential of the Dell PowerEdge VRTX

June 14, 2013
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Dell PowerEdge VRTX

At first glance the Dell PowerEdge VRTX looks like a small blade chassis. Look deeper and you will see a ton of potential in this software-defined world.

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VMware vCloud Hybrid Service

May 23, 2013
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VMware100x30

On Tuesday VMware announced their answer to the public cloud: the vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS). One of the biggest hurdles for the roughly 500,000 VMware customers has been that their on-premise, private infrastructure isn't directly interoperable with any sizable public clouds, like Amazon AWS or RackSpace. If you want to move towards a public or…

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Tintri OS 2.0 & ReplicateVM

May 20, 2013
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Tintri100x30

Tintri is now shipping version 2.0 of their array software, Tintri OS, which further automates administration of their arrays and adds ReplicateVM remote replication features. ReplicateVM is an incredibly flexible asynchronous, IP-based replication technology that operates per-VM, allowing each VM to have custom RPOs.

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A Look at the Nutanix NX-3000 Virtual Computing Platform

May 13, 2013
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DataCenterVirtualization

A look at how the Nutanix NX-3000 stacks up against other, more traditional data center converged infrastructures, what makes them special, and why everybody is trying to copy them in some way.

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A Look at the Dell Active System 800

May 1, 2013
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Dell100x30a

Taking a good look at the merits and drawbacks of the Dell Active System 800, Dell's entry into the converged infrastructure market.

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