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Hypervisor vendors up the ante with new storage features
There's a struggle between doing storage the "old way" and the new demands that virtual servers put on networked storage. Storage vendors have retooled their systems to be virtual machine (VM)-friendlier and startups offer VM-specific arrays, but now hypervisor vendors like VMware and Microsoft have enhanced their server virtualization platforms with storage features that help to integrate storage into the new paradigms of hypervisor management.
Whether your servers are virtualized or not, storage is the key to how well the data center infrastructure performs. Identifying storage performance bottlenecks and eliminating them is vital to restoring order and performance to an environment.
Hadoop is the poster child of the big data hullabaloo, but it seems contrary to traditional shared storage. But tapping into the Hadoop Distributed File System can bring these disparate worlds together.
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Hypervisors from VMware and Hyper-V have new storage capabilities that provide greater configuration flexibility and deliver a performance boost.
Performance bottlenecks can occur in different places in a storage system. Here's how to identify and eliminate them.
Big data analytics creates some challenges for storage managers, but effective integration into a storage environment can make them less daunting.
Survey finds 89% of users virtualizing storage are "Very satisfied" or "Satisfied." Software-defined storage also heavily deployed.
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The universe of data, according to a recent report, is expanding and if we're not careful we'll all end up in a data black hole.
There might be a debate over what constitutes a software-defined data center, but both sides need to include disaster recovery.
DR as a service, or cloud-based DR, makes testing a DR plan too easy to overlook.
IT departments can benefit from its storage vendors eavesdropping on their arrays.