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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    Storage Hypervisors: Worth the Hype

    July 13, 2012
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    StorageNetworking

    Just what are storage hypervisors? There are several companies that claim to have storage hypervisors. Wikipedia states that a hypervisor is "conceptually one level higher than a supervisory program". We also know that from our normal use of hypervisors that they manage the underlying resources that a guest uses. Do these definitions work for a…

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    Defense in Depth: Storage Security in a Hybrid Cloud

    July 11, 2012
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    StorageNetworking

    Storage Security is not only about Encryption, which is just one aspect of Storage Security requirements for the virtual and cloud environments. It is also about increasing defense in depth and knowledge of what is touching your storage environment. As well as providing security around those touch points and to a great extent auditing and…

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    All Paths Down!

    May 31, 2012
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    StorageNetworking

    I recently had the joys of helping deal with an All Paths Down (APD) situation which presented itself when removing a LUN from all the hosts in a cluster. If you do not detach the device first, which will also initiate an unmount operation before you physically unpresent the LUN from the ESX, it causes…

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    News: VMware Acquires Cetas for Big Data Analytics

    April 27, 2012
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    News: VMware Acquires Cetas for Big Data Analytics

    By making access to big data analytics easier and cheaper, VMware is in a position to transform its approach to producing and analyzing management data.

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    EMC VSPEX vs. vBlock, or NetApp FlexPod. Can VMware VARs “Refuse” the Offer?

    April 16, 2012
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    CloudComputing

    EMC VSPEX is a converged infrastructure offering targeting private clouds offered through EMC and VMware VAR's. This focus upon the channel makes this the first "private cloud in a box" that is explicitly designed for VAR's and SI's to take to their mid-market customers. As such the potential for such an offering is huge. However…

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    Dell to expand cloud and thin client business through Wyse acquisition

    April 4, 2012
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    DesktopVirtualization

    Dell continues its expansion into the cloud and virtual desktop market with the announcement on Monday that it has reached agreement with Wyse Technologies to acquire the company. Dell has had a long partnership with Devon IT,the Dell OptiPlex FX 130 and FX 170 thin clients and the Dell FX100 Zero Client are OEM editions…

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    IO IO it is off to Storage and IO metrics we go

    March 29, 2012
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    StorageNetworking

    There are many different types of metrics pertaining to storage and IO that can be grouped into Performance, Availability, Capacity, Economics and Energy (PACE). Every application or workload has some characteristics attribute of Performance, Availability, Capacity, Economics and Energy that can be further broken down into metrics that are more detailed.

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    SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments Part IV: What type of SSD is best for your needs.

    March 20, 2012
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    SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments Part IV: What type of SSD is best for your needs.

    Let us continue to look at what SSD to use for different environments and build off the other parts of this series of articles. Part 1 of this series laid out the basics of nand flash Solid State Devices (SSD) with part II discussing endurance and performance. Part III looked at SSD options for virtual…

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    Will Microsoft Drive a Wedge Between VMware and EMC with Windows Server 8 and Hyper-V 3?

    March 15, 2012
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    Microsoft100x30

    Windows Server 8 and Hyper-V 3 may blow up the entire rationale for EMC owning VMware. Cheap storage for virtualization enabled by new Microsoft features will force VMware to embrace cheap storage as well. This will precipitate the commoditization of the storage market, and accelerate the pace of virtualization and cloud computing.

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