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.

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

Quest_Software100x30As we have noted before, virtualization and cloud computing are forcing a reinvention of the operations management business on two fronts. The first front is that virtualization and cloud computing introduce new requirements that legacy solutions do not meet and they break legacy products rendering them worse than useless (because the consume resources and money and add no value). The second front is that successful operations management vendors like Veeam, Xangati, VMTurbo, Zenoss, PHD Virtual, SolarWinds, Reflex Systems, VKernel, and VMware have all made it much easier to try and buy operations management solutions leading to a new business model for operations management vendors that makes the existing legacy way of selling enterprise systems management software completely unattractive to customers and irrelevant. Continue reading News: New Quest/VKernel vOperations Suite – Easy to Try and Easy to Buy Wins Again

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

By Greg Schulz, Server and StorageIO @storageio

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

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

By Greg Schulz, Server and StorageIO @storageio

Part I of this series provided the basics around nand flash SSD. 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 to SLC (high cost, improved duty cycles) and MLC (higher capacity, lower cost), there is also EMLC or Enterprise MLC which is striving for a balance between SLC and MLC characteristics. Continue reading SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments, Part II: The call to duty, SSD endurance

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

By Greg Schulz, Server and StorageIO @storageio

Solid-state devices (SSDs) are data storage memory (Figure 1) mediums that utilize semiconductor based memories 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) typically NAND flash. Nand flash based SSDs can be found in cameras (as SD cards), cell phones, iPods, and PDAs, as well as in notebooks, net books, laptops, tablets, and workstations. SSDs are also appearing in larger servers, appliances, and storage systems from consumer to enterprise level. Continue reading SSD options for Virtual (and Physical) Environments: Part I Spinning up to speed on SSD

News: VMTurbo Delivers First Application Aware Service Assurance Solution

What exactly is the point of monitoring your infrastructure and your applications? Hopefully your answer to that question is not to just ensure that your network latency is low, that your servers are up, and that you are not about to run out of memory on a server, or hard disk space on an array. Hopefully your answer is that the end goal of monitoring your environment and your applications is to ensure that the applications that comprise your critical business services (to your internal and external constituents) are performing within the expectations of those  constituents. Continue reading News: VMTurbo Delivers First Application Aware Service Assurance Solution

Building the Personal Cloud

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 a pretty good job of delivering it provided any was restricted to meaning any Windows app. Now though, Citrix is wanting us to believe that it has moved past any app and extending that to anything digital.   Continue reading Building the Personal Cloud