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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    Getting SASy, the other shared storage option

    February 24, 2011
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    Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is better known as an interface for connecting hard disk drives (HDD) to servers and storage systems; however it is also widely used for attaching storage systems to physical as well as virtual servers. An important storage requirement for virtual machine (VM) environments with more than one physical machine (PM) server…

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    The Beginning of the the End of the Era of Windows?

    February 16, 2011
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    While we may well be on the road towards VMware becoming the layer of software that talks to the hardware in the data center - removing Microsoft from that role, this is not the end of Windows. If Windows were just an OS, it would be severely threatened VMware insertion into the data center stack.…

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    Self Encrypting Disks (SEDs)

    February 14, 2011
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    The next true IT industry revolutionary product will be software, virtualization and cloud technology that does not require underlying physical hardware resources (servers, network and disk storage). While we wait for that revolutionary technology to appear outside of marketing or computer generated animations, there remains the need to protect cloud and virtual environments and their…

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    VMware Executive Management Team Changes – The Implications

    February 7, 2011
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    Todd Nielsen has already succeeded twice at what he is now being asked to do at VMware - once at Microsoft and once at BEA. This time what hangs in the wind is VMware's ultimate destiny. Will VMware be the device driver to the dynamic data center (vSphere), or will VMware be that and the…

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    EMC VNXe Spurs Thinking Outside the Box

    January 21, 2011
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    Chad Sakac mentions on his blog that VNXe "uses a completely homegrown EMC innovation (C4LX and CSX) to virtualize, encapsulate whole kernels and other multiple high performance storage services into a tight, integrated package." Well this has gotten me to thinking about other uses of VNXe. If EMC could manage to "refactor" or encapsulate a…

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    Will Scale Out Architectures Revolutionize Virtualization and the Cloud?

    January 11, 2011
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    Given that vSphere provides significant benefits in terms of cost savings and business agility, those benefits are tied to and constrained by the ability of vSphere to provide backward compatibility with existing legacy enterprise systems. This backward compatibility makes it impossible for vSphere to provide infinite horizontal scalability. Moving to the same architecture as the…

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    Why Your Vendors’ Sales Model Matters to You

    November 2, 2010
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    The Freemium sales model is a business model innovation best suited to inexpensive products that are very easily understood (and therefore not very new or very different) and that solve an obvious problem in a manner that is more convenient for the customer to acquire and implement. There are not many new virtualization and cloud…

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    Virtualization Performance Management – What If We Started Over?

    October 18, 2010
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    If we are going to start over, why not really start over and reinvent the entire infrastructure and management software industries in the process. That way we end up with an infrastructure that was actually designed for the dynamic, agile, and scalable use cases that we are trying to address with a green field approach,…

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    VMware’s 5 Businesses and the “New Stack”

    September 17, 2010
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    VMware’s 5 Businesses and the “New Stack”

    VMware dominates the enterprise virtualization platform business with vSphere, and is poised to create a vSphere compatible public cloud ecosystem around vCloud. Layering Management software on top of these platforms is a logical progression up the value stack, as is layering an applications platform (vFabric) on top of vSphere and vCloud. VMware’s end user computing…

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