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NFS a good match for VMware
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 9 Num. 4 June 2010
With server virtualization proliferating, most companies are hooking those virtualized environments into Fibre Channel SANs; but is that the best choice? We did research over the last 18 months asking IT professionals about their major priorities and all of them emphatically stated that implementing VMware was one of their top initiatives to significantly drive down costs and improve operations. But these IT professionals also said the biggest challenge they face with their VMware environments is networked storage. With dedicated data storage managers buried under a mountain of projects and daily operations that consume so much of their time, taking on new tasks is nearly impossible. Another important dynamic we've observed is that VMware administrators find themselves becoming quasi-storage administrators, which is somewhat akin to asking a brain surgeon to operate on someone's heart. This isn't due simply to the inherent complexity of most networked storage systems; it's an issue of specialization as well. Ironically NFS, the ...
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With a variety of solid-state implementations available, it's time to take a serious look at how the technology could enhance your storage environment.
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One of the by-products of Symantec's OpenStorage interface is a performance improvement in backup and recovery operations.
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Taneja Group senior analyst and consultant Jeff Byrne opines on how almost every IT shop has virtualized at least some of its servers, shifting much of the burden of server consolidation onto data storage systems.