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: VSAN Is Now GA

March 7, 2014
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VMware100x30

Today finally marks the announcement of the general availability of VMware VSAN. This is VMware’s most public beta to date. 

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VDI, a Beauty & a Beast: A Nutanix Story

February 11, 2014
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DesktopVirtualization

Recently, I wrote an article about what Citrix has done around virtualizing GPUs and GPU sharing, based on a podcast with Derek Thorslund, director of product management for HDX at Citrix. When the story hit the social media sphere, I got clobbered with hits about Nutanix and its partnership with Citrix and NVIDIA, along with…

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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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