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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    VPLEX – The buzz from EMC World

    May 13, 2010
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    EMC announced VPLEX at EMC world however, it was hinted at during Getstalt IT's Tech Field Day at least in its asynchronous mode. What does VPLEX do? What does it mean to the virtualization and cloud industries? These were the discussion within the Blogger's lounge at EMC World.

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    Storage Networking – Time to TAP the SAN

    April 30, 2010
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    Storage Networking – Time to TAP the SAN

    Virtual Instruments new SANInsight TAP for the Fibre Channel SAN allows organizations to collect critical performance data on a real-time, deterministic and comprehensive basis. This will allow organizations to TAP all of their SAN ports in advance of SAN or storage array performance problems so that the foundation is in place to allow for rapid…

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    GestaltIT Tech Field Day: Virtualization Line Up

    April 19, 2010
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    GestaltIT Tech Field Day: Virtualization Line Up

    I participated in GestaltIT's TechFieldDay which is a sort of inverse conference, where the bloggers and independent analysts go to the vendors and then discuss the information they have received. We visited the following virtualization vendors: * vKernel where we were introduced to their Predictive Capacity Planning tools * EMC where we discussed integration of…

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    GestaltIT Tech Field Day: Storage Line Up

    April 15, 2010
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    GestaltIT Tech Field Day: Storage Line Up

    I participated in GestaltIT's TechFieldDay which is a sort of inverse conference, where the bloggers and independent analysts go to the vendors and then discuss the information they have received. We visited the following storage vendors: * Data Robotics where we were introduced to the new Drobo FS * EMC where we discussed stretched storage…

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    Drobo FS, Your Link to the Cloud

    April 7, 2010
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    Data Robotics just announced the Drobo FS. Drobo FS via Drobo Apps (which are free) will have a link to the Oxygen Cloud. This could lead to several interesting options for the small business to large enterprise with respect to data storage and accessibility. Not to mention protection.

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    Virsto Promises More than Linked Clones for Hyper-V

    February 17, 2010
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    Aimed for those who use medium sized storage for virtualization loads, Virsto will add quite a bit of needed functionality to Hyper-V to reduce disk space requirements, improve general disk IO performance, as well as provide faster high availability failover. The disk space saving Linked Clone technology available for VMware ESX and ESXi has been…

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    Is Virtualization Solutions Delivery Fundamentally Changing?

    January 15, 2010
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    Is Virtualization Solutions Delivery Fundamentally Changing?

    It is clear that once virtualization started delivering hard dollar CAPEX and OPEX savings to IT executives that these executives wanted this trend of “more for less” to continue. Most IT organizations are far from 100% virtualized, and there are still substantial cost savings to be gained from further virtualization. However, forward thinking vendors (like…

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    Virtual Disk Encryption

    January 6, 2010
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    In the article End-to-End Virtual Machine Backup I mentioned the new VMware Workstation 7.0 feature that creates an encrypted disk but in reality it is an encrypted virtual machine, which also implies encrypting the virtual disk. This one option to VMware Workstation is something that is needed within VMware vSphere as well as the other…

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    2009 In Retrospect

    December 31, 2009
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    Quite a bit has gone on in our industry in the last year. While this is not intended to be a comprehensive review of all that has occurred, we hope that we have captured the important events that have shaped virtualization and cloud computing.

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