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Nick Allen
Nick AllenNick is a veteran storage industry guru with more than 40 years' experience in information technology who now consults on best practices in information storage at The Tod Point Group which he founded. Previously, Nick spent 20 years with Gartner Inc. as Vice President and Research Director where he focused on information storage, storage networking and storage management. Prior to Gartner, he was a senior management consultant specializing in system planning, capacity and storage performance management. Previously, he worked in IT management, operating systems, and business and scientific applications. He also brings his storage expertise to bear at Wikibon.

EMC/Cisco/VMware Vblock Reference Architecture – Some Storage Details Finally Emerge for Vblock 1

December 1, 2009
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The problem is that neither VMware, nor any disk array vendor has explicitly announced support for it.

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EMC Hints at Storage Technology Breakthrough in VMworld Demo

November 10, 2009
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This technique operates completely transparent to the vSphere environment, as only a single LUN is presented to the two hosts. So a single vMotion and a “logical” storage vMotion (actually hyper-speed synchronous dual write) are combined into a single vMotion which only takes a few minutes or seconds to execute.

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FCoE Update – The Good News and The Bad News

October 28, 2009
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The number one reason to adopt FCoE today is to reduce heat, energy, cable plant and space. Data center networks are converging, but are not converged.

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Xsigo IT Survey Reveals Need for I/O Virtualization in Today’s Virtualized Data Center

October 21, 2009
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Xsigo IT Survey Reveals Need for I/O Virtualization in Today’s Virtualized Data Center

Given the potential cost savings, higher asset utilization, and performance and availability improvements of these emerging technologies. It is clear that I/O is going to be virtualized and that it will happen rather quickly.

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NetApp Previews SnapManager for Hyper-V; Grows Presence in Microsoft’s Ecosystem

October 18, 2009
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NetApp Previews SnapManager for Hyper-V; Grows Presence in Microsoft’s Ecosystem

It is clear that NetApp has recognized the importance of Hyper-V in the market and that it intends to be a major player in Hyper-V’s ecosystem.

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I/O Virtualization Shines at VMworld 2009

September 22, 2009
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I/O virtualization prominent at VMworld 2009. Whether it can displace Cisco at the top of the rack remains to be seen.

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EMC Enhances CLARiiON Suite for VMware

August 26, 2009
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Enhacements to EMC's CLARiiON disk storage provide tangible management, data protection and performance benefits

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FCoE Passes a Major Milestone as NetApp is First to Market With Native FCoE

August 18, 2009
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FCoE is making rapid advances spurred on by NetApp, QLogic and others including CA, Cisco, DataDirect Networks, EMC, FalconStor, Finisar, HP, Infortrend, LSI, Microsoft, Promise Technology, and Symantec.

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