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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    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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    IO Virtualization Approaches: VMworld 2010 Review

    September 15, 2010
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    IO Virtualization Approaches: VMworld 2010 Review

    There seem to be three styles of IO Virtualization (IOV) taking place within the virtual environment. At VMworld, the IO Virtualization companies were out and talking to people about their wares, products, and approaches to IO Virtualization. These three methods are: * Converged Network Adapters used within Cisco UCS, HP Matrix, etc. * Attached IOV…

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    Dell’s Intention: Acquire 3Par. Is this a Stack Play?

    August 17, 2010
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    The Consolidated server stack has been the big items over the last year using converged network adapters, blades, and integrated storage that is designed around providing an order-able element that is a single SKU that provides enough resources for a set number of VMs. Currently the VCE colition has the VBlock which combines VMware, Cisco,…

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    Who’s Who in Virtualization Management

    August 2, 2010
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    Who’s Who in Virtualization Management

    Virtualizing business critical systems requires that a layer of virtualization management solutions be added to the virtualization platform. Virtualization management solutions in the areas of virtualization security, virtualization configuration management, virtualization service and capacity management, virtualization service and capacity management, virtualization provisioning and lifecycle management and backup and recovery should be added to the platform.

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    vSphere 4.1 Released – More Dynamic Resource Load Balancing

    July 13, 2010
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    vSphere 4.1 Released – More Dynamic Resource Load Balancing

    With the release of vSphere 4.1, VMware has added to their Dynamic Resource Load Balancing (DRLB) suite of tools that I hinted at in my post on Dynamic Resource Load Balancing that I wrote last week as well as providing new memory over commit and other functionality. In essence, vSphere 4.1 is more than a…

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    Dynamic Resource Load Balancing

    July 7, 2010
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    I just finished writing all the content for my next book entitled VMware ESX and ESXi in the Enterprise: Planning Deployment of Virtualization Servers (2nd Edition) which continues the discussion on Dynamic Resource Load Balancing (DRLB). DRLB is the balancing of virtualized workloads across all hosts within a cluster of virtualization hosts without human intervention.…

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    Announcement: Virtual Thoughts Podcast the rebirth

    June 29, 2010
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    Virtual Thoughts Podcast the Rebirth, Join us Tuesday 29th June @ 7:00pm (BST), 2:00pm (EST), 11:00am (PST)

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    Virtualizing Business Critical Apps – The Value of Real Time SAN Data

    June 28, 2010
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    Virtualizing Business Critical Apps – The Value of Real Time SAN Data

    Supporting Tier 1 applications on VMware vSphere requires real time and granular response time and latency instrumentation of the virtual and physical infrastructure. Virtual Instruments Virtual Wisdom complements the instrumentation provided by VMware by providing individual transaction level visibility into the SAN layer of the virtual infrastructure.

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    vNetwork Security: Looking at VLANs

    June 23, 2010
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    There is nothing like fully understanding the protections inherent within your vNetwork and the Roles and Permissions you can set within the virtualization management tool suites to ensure your vNetwork is secured, audited, and monitored for issues. Just like you do now within the pNetwork. Unlike the pNetwork, the vNetwork provides a certain amount of…

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