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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    Vertical Integration Returns – Impact on VMware

    December 2, 2009
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    There are two very recent vendor initiatives that hearken back to the days of single vendor tightly integrated systems. The first is Oracle's pending acquisition of Sun. The second example which has potentially far more impact upon VMware is the recently announced EMC/Cisco Vblocks.

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    EMC/Cisco/VMware Vblock Reference Architecture – Some Storage Details Finally Emerge for Vblock 1

    December 1, 2009
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    The problem is that neither VMware, nor any disk array vendor has explicitly announced support for it.

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    EMC Hints at Storage Technology Breakthrough in VMworld Demo

    November 10, 2009
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    This technique operates completely transparent to the vSphere environment, as only a single LUN is presented to the two hosts. So a single vMotion and a “logical” storage vMotion (actually hyper-speed synchronous dual write) are combined into a single vMotion which only takes a few minutes or seconds to execute.

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    FCoE Update – The Good News and The Bad News

    October 28, 2009
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    The number one reason to adopt FCoE today is to reduce heat, energy, cable plant and space. Data center networks are converging, but are not converged.

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    Xsigo IT Survey Reveals Need for I/O Virtualization in Today’s Virtualized Data Center

    October 21, 2009
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    Xsigo IT Survey Reveals Need for I/O Virtualization in Today’s Virtualized Data Center

    Given the potential cost savings, higher asset utilization, and performance and availability improvements of these emerging technologies. It is clear that I/O is going to be virtualized and that it will happen rather quickly.

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    I/O Virtualization Shines at VMworld 2009

    September 22, 2009
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    I/O virtualization prominent at VMworld 2009. Whether it can displace Cisco at the top of the rack remains to be seen.

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    EMC Enhances CLARiiON Suite for VMware

    August 26, 2009
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    Enhacements to EMC's CLARiiON disk storage provide tangible management, data protection and performance benefits

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    FCoE Passes a Major Milestone as NetApp is First to Market With Native FCoE

    August 18, 2009
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    FCoE is making rapid advances spurred on by NetApp, QLogic and others including CA, Cisco, DataDirect Networks, EMC, FalconStor, Finisar, HP, Infortrend, LSI, Microsoft, Promise Technology, and Symantec.

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    Managing the I/O Performance Aspects of Your Virtual Environment

    June 6, 2009
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    There are a wide variety of problems that can occur the SAN and physical strorage layers of the virtual insfrastructure, all of which can create serious performance problems for applications and users. Tools from Akorri and Virtual Instruments can address these issues in a variety of ways.

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