Data Center Virtualization

Data Center Virtualization covers virtualizing servers, networks, and storage delivering server consolidation, CAPEX savings, IT agility, and improved management. Major areas of focus include the tradeoffs between various virtualization platforms (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V and Red Hat KVM), the evolution of hypervisors into data center management platforms,|VMware’s Software Defined Data Center strategy, and how the SDDC is spurring innovation in storage, networking and server hardware. Covered vendors indlude VMware, Microsoft, Red Hat, CloudPhysics, Hotlink, Tintri, and VMTurbo.

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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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From Googliness Comes Containers — and Kubernetes

June 19, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

Most companies screen for intelligence and experience in potential recruits, but Google also looks for “Googliness,” a mix of passion and drive that is difficult to define, but on the other hand can be pretty easy to spot. What Google has found is that these qualities often come intertwined with a desire to use technology…

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News: SanDisk to Acquire Fusion-io

June 16, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

June 16, 2014 – Today, SanDisk agreed to acquire Fusion-io in an all-cash deal that values the data storage company at about $1.1 billion. SanDisk will fund the acquisition with cash held on its balance sheet, and it is expected that the deal will finalize in the company’s fiscal third quarter. Salt Lake City–based Fusion-io…

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Does OpenStack Have a Future in the Private/Hybrid Cloud?

June 11, 2014
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ITasaService

A private/hybrid cloud management platform must offer a rich set of services, be easily implementable, and offer compatibility with public clouds. OpenStack fails in all of these dimensions and as such is destined to completely fail as a private or hybrid cloud offering. Therefore, OpenStack will fail as a private, hybrid, and public cloud offering.

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DAS Is Dead; Long Live DAS!

June 6, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

In a play on the old saying “the king is dead; long live the king!” this post will opine about the current resurgence of locally attached storage in the data center.

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Why Microsoft Might Just End Up Owning the Future

May 30, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

The past two years have seen an arms race at the high end of the virtualization arena. The biggest players in the space have competed furiously to add features and capabilities to their combined platform offerings, either by swallowing up smaller companies or investing heavily in product development. MDM, DaaS, hybrid cloud, profile management, application…

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Cisco ACI: Is It Wham! or Sam Cooke?

May 29, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

An odd little title, I think you will agree, but consider this: Wham! had a hit with “Freedom” and Sam Cooke sang “Chain Gang,” and I think you can now see my thought process. This post is going to investigate not the technical capabilities of Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), but rather what its market…

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Will Helion Save or Destroy HP?

May 20, 2014
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CloudComputing

Helion is HP’s attempt to offer an enterprise-grade public, hybrid, and private cloud computing offering that can prevent customer defections to Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and VMware. Since Helion is based on OpenStack and there are no prior examples of successful public clouds based on OpenStack, HP faces some significant challenges.

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