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: VMware vCenter Operations Suite 5.0 Now Available

January 25, 2012
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News: VMware vCenter Operations Suite 5.0 Now Available

The delivery of vCenter Operations 5.0 to the market by VMware represents several important milestones in Operations Management for virtualized environments. The tight integration with vSphere and the integration of the Integrien analytics with real time configuration change detection and application mapping put a nail in the coffin of legacy solutions that rely upon periodically…

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The SOPA and PIPA Kerfluffle

January 20, 2012
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The answer is to dramatically narrow the scope and set of enforcement actions for SOPA and PIPA so that they target just offshore sites engaged in large scale commercial piracy and so that the existing safe harbor for sites that take content from users is both maintained and formally recognized as an exception to the…

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News: Virsto introduces new virtual storage options for VMware and Hyper-V

January 17, 2012
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News: Virsto introduces new virtual storage options for VMware and Hyper-V

The virtual storage market is hotting up with Virsto Stoftware’s announcement of two new products for release Tuesday, January 17th. Following on from its June 2011 acquisition of EvoStor and building on its existing Virsto for VDI platform, Silicon Valley-based Virsto Software has made good on its investment by announcing the release of Virsto for vSphere.

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Atlantis Computing Diskless VDI: VDI warming up to compete on cost with desktop PC

January 16, 2012
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Atlantis Computing announced today the release of Atlantis ILIO Diskless VDI™ and overnight put VDI on track to be cost competitive with desktop PCs.

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Low cost VDI takes a hit as Apple buys flash controller startup Anobit

January 10, 2012
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The largest single cost elements in most VDI deployments is the high cost of storage needed to meet the IOPS load caused by session startup and logon activities. Most VDI deployments address the IOPS challenge either by using many spinning discs to achieve the necessary IOPS or by using high-performance SSD in one form or…

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2012: The Beginning of the End for Virtualization Management?

December 22, 2011
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While the legacy enterprise management vendors might like to think of themselves as the Borg (prepare to be assimilated - there is no escape), the new technical requirements and the new buying patterns in the virtualization market do not lend themselves to a repeat of history. Legacy management vendors are unlikely to be able to…

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2011 Winners and Losers in Virtualization Management

December 16, 2011
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2011 Winners and Losers in Virtualization Management

The management ecosystem for virtualization started to transform significantly in 2011, driven by VMware's new management strategy and management offerings. The big four are now boxed into an untenable position with expensive software that is hard to buy and hard to deploy. In 2012 there will be aggressive partnering in the ecosystem as vendors try…

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Grading VMware’s 2011

December 8, 2011
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VMware has had a great 2011. Product execution was excellent on all fronts except for VMware View where there are also larger strategy issues afoot. VMware is and likely will remain next year not only the most important, but the best system software vendor on the planet. We can only look forward to continued progress…

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Toward Converged Virtualization Management Suites

November 29, 2011
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Toward Converged Virtualization Management Suites

VMware has articulated and is starting to deliver on a compelling strategy of Automated Operations for its virtualization and cloud platforms. This will precipitate profound changes in the vendor ecosystem as third party vendors partner up and acquire in order to come up with the same depth of functionality that VMware is offering, but on…

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