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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.

VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache

November 25, 2013
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VMware vSphere Flash Read Cache

  I’ve written in the near past about a number of different products that are helping enterprises use flash as a cache to accelerate their traditional storage workloads. One product that is helping to push the whole market forward, if only by raising awareness of the options in this space, is VMware’s own vSphere Flash…

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Coho Data DataStream

October 15, 2013
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Coho Data DataStream

Most storage vendors are happy to just add flash to their existing product lines, often using it as cache, or as a storage tier handled transparently within the array. Few vendors take the opportunity to rethink the way storage works, though, from the basics of performance to how it meshes with the idea of public…

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SanDisk FlashSoft for VMware vSphere

October 14, 2013
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DataCenterVirtualization

In early 2012 SanDisk, well-known manufacturer of flash memory products, acquired FlashSoft. Like a number of other companies in the virtualization storage space, FlashSoft has several different products designed to use SSD and flash memory to cache storage I/O. They have specific products for Microsoft Windows Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (and clones). They…

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Proximal Data AutoCache 2.0

October 4, 2013
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DataCenterVirtualization

The Proximal Data AutoCache 2.0 is a great read-only, hardware-agnostic data center virtualization caching solution for VMware vSphere environments.

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Infinio Accelerator

September 27, 2013
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Infinio Accelerator

If you use NFS-based storage in your VMware virtual environment the Infinio Accelerator might be what you're looking for to match performance to capacity.

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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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