Storage Networking

Storage Networking focuses upon virtualizing the storage and the SAN while collapsing and simplifying the management and performance of storage. This includes the role of storage virtualization in the Software Defined Data Center, and the comparison of pooled local storage options with traditional network attached storage (NAS) and fiber channel attached storage. Covered vendors include VMware, EMC, IBM, Dell, HP, Cisco, Tintri, and Nutanix.

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    Virtualization Performance Management and Misleading Averages

    July 8, 2011
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    What is still missing here is any kind of an end-to-end view of infrastructure latency that is also real time, deterministic and comprehensive. The marrying of the SAN point of view with the IP network point of view is the obvious combination. The hard issue here will be the identification of the applications so that…

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    Dell a Virtualization Management Leader?

    June 20, 2011
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    The Dell VIS stack (Advanced Infrastructure Manager, Self-Service Creator and Director) now represents the most functionally rich virtualization management offering on the market, as it is sourced from best of breed IT as a Service vendor DynamicOPS and best of breed self learning analytics vendor Netuitive. This stack backed up by Dell's ability to sell…

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    Virsto gets $12 million boost to help push virtualized storage beyond Hyper-V

    June 13, 2011
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    Virsto announces a $12 million in Series B venture capital funding and acquisition of EvoStor, a company specializing in storage virtualization technology for VMware environments. Virsto hope these factors will combine to help them transform virtual machine storage and move their Virsto Virtual Storage Engine beyond Hyper-V.

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    Cloud Applications are 3-5 years Out: Underlying Layers are Evolving

    May 12, 2011
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    These announcements and ideas paint a better direction for cloud development and creation than there existed even one week ago. These announcements also concentrate on the data, not the computer engine(s) within the cloud. It has alwys been about the data.

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    Intel goes for 3D Transistors – Extends Moore’s Law Yet Again

    May 10, 2011
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    Intel has announced that it will start shipping chips based upon 3D transistors in 2012 - and using this design across its product line. This extends the benefits of the continuation of Moore's law across computing platforms ranging from servers to smart phones.

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    VMTurbo Breaks New Ground for Free vSphere Monitoring Tools

    May 5, 2011
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    VMTurbo has delivered a new free vSphere performance and capacity management solution that is neither time nor size of environment limited, and that breaks new ground in terms of capacity management functionality delivered in a free solution. The automatically generated VM Rightsizing Recommendations should prove to be of particular value to vSphere administrators.

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    Reinventing the Infrastructure for Virtualization and the Cloud

    April 27, 2011
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    Running VMware on legacy infrastructure is like driving a Ferrari on a gravel road. If you look at what is run in most production VMware environments today, the only really new things in the environment is VMware vSphere, and possibly some new monitoring, security and backup tools. We have barely started to reinvent everything that…

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    Cloud Outages or What I learned at Disney/InfoSec World

    April 26, 2011
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    At the InfoSec World 2011 conference, in the sessions I attended, there was quite a bit of discussion about moving to the cloud as well as cloud outages.

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    A Perfect Storm in Availability and Performance Monitoring

    February 25, 2011
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    The right approach to monitoring a virtual or cloud based environment is to start with a clean sheet of paper, determine your requirements, and assemble a horizontally layered solution out of best of class vendor solutions that address each layer. Vendors should be evaluated on their mastery of one or more layers, their ability to…

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