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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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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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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