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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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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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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