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Vol. 9 Num. 4 June 2010

NFS a good match for VMware

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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Features in this issue

  • Companies are better prepared for disasters

    More than 50% of the respondents to our disaster recovery (DR) survey are very confident that their DR plans will save their company from disaster. But one-third don't even test their plans.

Columns in this issue

  • Backup is too hard

    Storage environments are getting more complex, which makes data protection even tougher. While backup software does more these days, it's still frustrating the hell out of users.

  • Are more Symantec OST-like APIs needed?

    by  Lauren Whitehouse

    One of the by-products of Symantec's OpenStorage interface is a performance improvement in backup and recovery operations.

  • NFS a good match for VMware

    by  Tony Asaro

    With server virtualization proliferating, most companies are hooking those virtualized environments into Fibre Channel SANs; but there may be a better alternative.

  • Virtual servers and their impact on data storage

    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.

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