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.

Toward Converged Virtualization Management Suites

The infrastructure monitoring, application monitoring, cloud management and image provision sectors of the virtualization management space have been going through an extremely rapid evolution in the last few months. This makes it useful to take a look at these four aspects of virtualization management (leaving out security and data protection) in the context of each other. Continue reading Toward Converged Virtualization Management Suites

Confio Addresses a “Dark Corner” in Virtualized Database Performance

Confio Software has for years successfully sold database performance management solutions to DBA’s of Orace, SQL Server, DB2 and Sybase databases. Confio’s Ignite product line uses an agentless architecture to query a comprehensive set of metrics from these databases, allowing DB’s excellent visibility into the true performance of the database – and especially visibility into latency based issues. Continue reading Confio Addresses a “Dark Corner” in Virtualized Database Performance

Why VASA is important to have in your VMware CASA

By Greg Schulz, Server and StorageIO @storageio

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 shown in table 1. Note that there is a three letter acronym (TLA) shown in Table 1 that is part of the VMware vSphere 5.0 release that can be confused with VASA called VSA (VMware Storage Appliance) however for now, let’s leave VSA for a future discussion. Continue reading Why VASA is important to have in your VMware CASA

Is it Time to Reorganize Data Center Operations?

Listening to Paul Maritz describe VMware’s vision for automated Data Center Operations at VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas last month (a review of which is in this post), caused a very important issue to surface in follow up conversation with several attendees at the show. The issue is the degree to which the current organization of Data Center Operations would prevent an enterprise from being able to attain the benefits of automated IT Operations. Continue reading Is it Time to Reorganize Data Center Operations?