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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    Why VASA is important to have in your VMware CASA

    September 20, 2011
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    There are many enhancements and new features that are part of VMware vSphere V5.0 from a storage and I/O perspective (See VMware vSphere v5 and Storage DRS posts). One of those enhancements is a new Application Programming Interface (API) called VASA (vSphere Aware Storage API) which joins other VMware vSphere APIs some of which are…

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    Is it Time to Reorganize Data Center Operations?

    September 16, 2011
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    Is it Time to Reorganize Data Center Operations?

    If automated IT Operations is going to succeed and deliver its promised benefits then IT Operations is going to have to get reorganized - with supporting hardware teams part of the virtualization team. Furthermore Application Operations will have to be instantiated as a function that is responsible for the actual service level delivered by the…

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    VMware Articulates a Compelling Management Vision – Automated Service Assurance

    September 7, 2011
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    VMware Articulates a Compelling Management Vision – Automated Service Assurance

    VMware deserves an enormous amount of credit for promising to reinvent IT Operations around automation and the guaranteed performance of applications. VMware either has or is working on all of the building blocks required to execute upon this vision for the vSphere platform. The combination of innovation by VMware, and by the third party ecosystem…

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    Collaborations abound at VMworld 2011

    September 6, 2011
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    If there was one thing I saw and heard about at VMworld, was the number of third party collaborations that were taking place. While not explicitly stated by VMware at VMworld, the show floor had many different collaborations that were taking place. This level of collaboration shows a level of maturity within the virtualization and…

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    Key VMworld 2011 Performance and Capacity Announcements

    August 29, 2011
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    Key VMworld 2011 Performance and Capacity Announcements

    Quest (vFoglight 6.6), vKernel (vOPS 4), VMTurbo, Reflex Systems, Xangati, and Cirba (Data Center Control 7.0) have all made significant product enhancements which are being demonstrated at VMworld this week. These announcements largely reflect the increasing level of sophistication in these tools, and the emergence of Hyper-V as the hypervisor upon which cross-platform management strategies…

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    Windows boot IO and storage performance impact on VDI

    August 10, 2011
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    Windows boot IO and storage performance impact on VDI

    With Virtual Desktop Infrastructures (VDI) initiatives adoption being a popular theme associated with cloud and dynamic infrastructure environments a related discussion point is the impact on networks, servers and storage during boot or startup activity to avoid bottlenecks. VDI solution vendors include Citrix, Microsoft and VMware along with various server, storage, networking and management tools…

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    VMware vSphere v5 and Storage DRS

    August 5, 2011
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    VMware vSphere v5 and Storage DRS

    Recently VMware announced version 5.0 of their vSphere virtualization solution with a theme of reducing complexity, enabling automation, and supporting scaling with confidence. As a key component for supporting cloud, virtual and dynamic infrastructure environments, vSphere V5.0 includes many storage related enhancements and new features.

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    vSphere 5 – Virtualize Business Critical Applications with Confidence

    July 12, 2011
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    vSphere 5 – Virtualize Business Critical Applications with Confidence

    Just in time for the adoption of vSphere 5 by enterprises seeking to virtualize business critical and performance critical applications, AppFirst, BlueStripe, and ExtraHop have pioneered a new category of APM solutions. This new category is focused upon allowing IT to take responsibility for applications response time for every application running in production. This is…

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