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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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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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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Fix the App or Add Hardware?

March 8, 2012
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While participating in the GestaltIT Virtualization Field Day #2, I was asking PureStorage on whether or not SSD based storage was throwing hardware at a problem that is better fixed, by changing the code in question? What brought this thought to mind was the example used during the presentation which was about database performance. This…

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News: New Quest/VKernel vOperations Suite – Easy to Try and Easy to Buy Wins Again

March 6, 2012
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Quest Software has turned the acquisition integration process on its head by integrating vFoglight with the vKernel vOperations Suite. This is one more feather in the cap of the "easy to try and easy to buy" model of selling operations software into the virtualization market, and one more arrow through the heart of the legacy…

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SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments Part III: What type of SSD is best for you?

February 27, 2012
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SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments Part III: What type of SSD is best for you?

Part 1 of this series laid out the basics of nand flash SSD with part II discussing endurance and performance. This part looks at SSD options for virtual servers, vdi or virtual desktop as well as storage for physical server environments, your usage and configuration criteria will have a bearing on what type of SSD…

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SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments, Part II: The call to duty, SSD endurance

February 16, 2012
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SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments, Part II: The call to duty, SSD endurance

Let’s continue by taking a look at endurance for storing and retaining data using nand flash SSD. The importance of the first part of this series is to understand the basics of nand flash based SSD in order to make informed decisions on what is the best for your virtual or physical environment. In addition…

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SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments: Part I Spinning up to speed on SSD

February 9, 2012
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SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments: Part I Spinning up to speed on SSD

Solid-state devices (SSDs) are data storage memory (Figure 1) mediums that utilize semiconductor based memoires as opposed to magnetic media found in hard disk drives (HDDs) or magnetic tape. Semiconductor memories include ultra fast volatile dynamic random access memory (DRAM) commonly found as main memory (e.g. RAM) in servers along with and non-volatile memory (NVM)…

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News: VMTurbo Delivers First Application Aware Service Assurance Solution

February 2, 2012
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VMTurbo has broken new ground by delivering the first application aware automated service assurance solution for VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Citrix XenServer. This is the first solution that takes advantage of the dynamic nature of these platforms and their control API's to actually ensure something (throughput) that application owners care about. Preemptively assuring throughput…

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Building the Personal Cloud

January 27, 2012
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Step back to Citrix CEO Mark Templeton's keynote at Citrix Synergy in San Francisco and you would have heard him talk of "The Three Cs - the Public Cloud, Private Cloud, and Personal Cloud." Hang on a moment, "Personal Cloud" what's that? For years Citrix used to talk about "any any any" and it did…

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