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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News: New PernixData FVP Features: NFS, In-Memory Support

April 25, 2014
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News: New PernixData FVP Features: NFS, In-Memory Support

At Storage Field Day 5, PernixData announced new features for its flagship product, PernixData FVP. FVP greatly accelerates storage performance in VMware vSphere environments by leveraging SSD and flash technologies to do read and write caching in a protected, clustered way.

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The SolidFire Storage System: Reducing Complexity at Scale

April 24, 2014
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The SolidFire Storage System: Reducing Complexity at Scale

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to get to know SolidFire and its Storage System product, an all-flash array designed for on-premises use but with some attractive cloud functionality. At first glance, the array looks like many of those in the all-flash space. It’s built out of discrete nodes; uses 10 Gbps networking…

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What Next for x86 Hardware Industry: The Death of the Blade Format?

April 3, 2014
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DataCenterVirtualization

The rise of server-based flash caching and other technologies like local performant storage pools, whether virtual storage appliances like the HP StoreVirtual VSA or VMware’s VSAN, marks a possible return to the days of the pizza box server in data centers across the world.

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EMC ViPR V1.1 and SRM V3.0

March 27, 2014
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StorageNetworking

Server and StorageIO, @storageio The EMC2 Advanced Software Division (ASD) recently announced (more here and here) enhancements to its ViPR (v1.1) software-defined storage management solution, as well as a new version of its Storage Resource Management (SRM) product (v3.0). First, keep in mind that SRM, in the traditional server and storage world, means systems or…

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Software-Defined Storage (SDS): What Is It?

March 26, 2014
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StorageNetworking

Recently, Nutanix got awarded a key patent for software-defined storage, and it got me thinking, “What is SDS?” Well, to me, one key aspect of SDS is the fact that it is hardware agnostic. Therefore, by default, Nutanix is not a provider of SDS. Now, don’t get me wrong: Nutanix is an awesome product and…

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VSAN Pricing Comparison

March 19, 2014
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StorageNetworking

Last week, VMware released vSphere 5.5 Update 1. You can find the release notes here, and the links to the download are here. Why is this such a milestone? It finally marks the release of VMware’s long-awaited entry into the world of software-defined storage, the VSAN (Virtual Storage Area Network). But before we move on…

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DH2i’s DxConsole: Application Virtualization for Microsoft SQL Server

March 17, 2014
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CloudComputing

DH2i’s DxConsole can reduce license cost and complexity and enhance availability in Microsoft SQL Server implementations—on-premises, virtualized, and non-virtualized—and allow you to fail over to the cloud. 

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Will Scale-Out Architectures Kill Enterprise Storage?

March 12, 2014
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StorageNetworking

Google, VMware, Hadoop, and Nutanix have all voted at least in part for a scale-out architecture that does not rely on enterprise storage. VMware and Nutanix are important because they apply these concepts to traditional enterprise workloads. Hadoop represents the future of how data-intensive computing will be done.

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News: VMware VSAN GA Release Ships with vSphere 5.5 Update 1

March 12, 2014
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VMware100x30

After months of beta testing boasting 12,000+ beta testers, VMware has finally thrown its hat into the hyperconverged virtualization space with the GA release of VMware vSphere 5.5 Update 1. Among numerous bug fixes to vSphere, this release contains the GA code for VMware VSAN. VSAN is a shared-nothing clustered storage technology embedded in the…

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