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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    Nexenta: The Next Steps

    January 27, 2014
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    DataCenterVirtualization

    What do you do with a problem like Nexenta? Nexenta. Some of you will remember this company from two years ago. It was the darling of Silicon Valley, the fastest growing storage start-up since NetApp. It could boast double and triple-digit year-on-year growth. And so on. So, what happened?

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    Dell Fluid Cache for SAN

    December 31, 2013
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    Dell Fluid Cache for SAN

    Back in mid-2011, Dell acquired RNA Networks, a small startup out of Portland, Oregon. At the time Dell purchased it, RNA had a product, MVX, that employed three different ways to pool memory across multiple servers in order to accelerate workloads. One was a way to pool memory as a storage cache in order to…

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    Replacing Franken-Monitors and Frameworks with the Splunk Ecosystem

    December 2, 2013
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    Franken-Monitorsmall

    In Beware of the Franken-Monitor, we explained how many enterprises ended up with Franken-Monitors and the dangers associated with assuming that the present state of management tools can make the transition into the software-defined data center (SDDC) and the cloud. In Getting Rid of Your Franken-Monitor, we explained how to use green-field islands to put…

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    Beware of the Franken-Monitor

    November 11, 2013
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    Franken-Monitorsmall

    If you have a Franken-Monitor, you should get rid of it. If you do not have a Franken-Monitor, you should avoid buying or building one at all costs. The correct approach is to use a strategy and an architecture to procure a set of best of breed solutions that can be easily integrated into a…

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    Are Market Dynamics Going to Kill IBM?

    October 23, 2013
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    DataCenterVirtualization

    While IBM is still a huge (and profitable) technology company it is on the wrong side of nearly every important market dynamic in the technology industry. We have a long way to go before IBM is a buggy whip, but things are definitely headed in that direction.

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    VMworld 2013 Update: VMware’s Management Strategy

    October 22, 2013
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    DataCenterVirtualization

    With this set of announcements, VMware has solidified its position as a leader in providing a suite of management solutions across its own data center virtualization platform, the VMware Hybrid Cloud Service, Microsoft Hyper-V and Amazon AWS. As more of the data center gets virtualized, virtualization and cloud focused solutions like these from VMware become…

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    Coho Data DataStream

    October 15, 2013
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    Coho Data DataStream

    Most storage vendors are happy to just add flash to their existing product lines, often using it as cache, or as a storage tier handled transparently within the array. Few vendors take the opportunity to rethink the way storage works, though, from the basics of performance to how it meshes with the idea of public…

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    Caching as a Service

    September 17, 2013
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    DataCenterVirtualization

    Caching is taking over the world of virtualization in an attempt to use flash, SSD, and RAM to decouple storage performance from storage capacity.

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    News: Cisco Intends to Acquire SSD Pioneer WHIPTAIL

    September 10, 2013
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    DataCenterVirtualization

    Cisco announced today their intent to acquire Whippany, NJ based WHIPTAIL, a manufacturer of Solid-State Disk (SSD) storage.

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