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  • IBM launches Storwize V7000 storage virtualization platform

    IBM adds Storwize V7000 midrange storage virtualization platform, but it doesn't include data compression acquired from Storwize; also rolls out DS8800 enterprise system.

  • Using iSCSI storage with vSphere

    To realize the greatest benefits of a vSphere installation, you need networked storage. iSCSI is a good fit for vSphere; here's how to make it work.

  • SAN consolidation with director-class switches

    A single director-class switch can replace multiple smaller switches while offering growth flexibility, high availability and a bevy of advanced features.

  • iSCSI in VMware environments: Best practices

    Learn why you should treat iSCSI as a storage network, consider using only software initiators in iSCSi and why VMware vSphere 4 is a perfect fit for iSCSI.

  • Infrastructure stack alliances bring benefits and drawbacks to enterprise data storage

    IT infrastructure stacks created by storage and networking vendors try to eliminate enterprise data storage deployment and purchasing complexity, but can give users more to consider.

  • Can we survive consolidation?

    Dedupe, server virtualization and data archivers are great tools to control storage capacity growth, but they treat the symptoms and don't provide true consolidation. Don't throw them out; use them better.

  • Texas Memory Systems acquires storage virtualization IP from Incipient

    Solid-state drive vendor Texas Memory Systems has analysts envisioning a hybrid storage tier with the purchase of assets from storage virtualization startup Incipient.

  • Storage Decisions Session Downloads: Storage Systems & Storage Management Track (Chicago 2009)

    With spiraling capacities the norm, managing storage systems has become a challenging task. Traditional SRM tools are often adept on keeping tabs on the state of your storage infrastructure, but more focused applications are becoming increasingly available. Storage virtualization also promises to ease storage management and improve disk usage, but there are inherent issues that need to be fully understood before embarking on a virtualization project. Traditional methods of operational data protection such as RAID tend to be complex and difficult to configure and manage, but some storage vendors are offering compelling alternatives. In this track, we'll also examine power conservation for storage systems, a new requisite for most storage shops struggling to balance increased capacity and soaring energy costs.

  • Storage Decisions Chicago 2009 Session Downloads

    Download all the sessions that were presented to storage professionals at the recent Storage Decisions 2009 conference in Chicago on topics including backup, SANs, storage virtualization, storage management and disaster recovery.

  • Storage Decisions Session Downloads: Managing Storage Networks Track (Chicago 2009)

    The core of any networked storage infrastructure is the basic hardware components: storage arrays and the fabric that links them to client servers and other services. Over the past few years, the trend has been to networks built around director-class switches -- but how those directors are used is the key to whether they're just consolidation points to replace core-edge architectures or if they actually put more intelligence into the network.

    Storage systems, too, have undergone considerable change. iSCSI storage arrays have steady increased their presence in data centers and remote locations, and as iSCSI technology and implementations mature, their impact is certain to become more profound. And on the leading edge of storage are systems that eschew or greatly reduce the role of spinning disks, replacing them with solid state devices that run cool, use far less power and take up less space. In this track, we'll look at the implications of these recent developments.

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  • Storage networking equipment: 2010 Products of the Year finalists

    We reveal finalists in our storage networking equipment category covering switches, HBAs, NICs, virtualization appliances, security devices and caching appliances.

  • Enterprise data storage 2010 Products of the Year finalists

    Enterprise data storage Products of the Year finalists in the backup and disaster recovery (DR) software and services, backup hardware, disks and disk subsystems, storage management tools and storage networking equipment categories.

  • 10 tips for managing storage for virtual servers and virtual desktops

    Server virtualization and virtual desktops can make configuring and managing storage systems a lot tougher. These 10 tips can help ease some of the stress caused by managing storage in a virtual environment.

  • VirtenSys Inc. VIO 4000 Series I/O Virtualization (IOV) Switch

    The VirtenSys VIO 4000 Series consolidates, virtualizes and dynamically shares standard Ethernet NICs, Fibre Channel NICs or SAS controllers to relieve I/O bottlenecks. The VIO 4000 also dramatically reduces the number of tasks, cabling, and power and cooling resources needed to manage and provision servers.

  • Storage networks get virtual

    The benefits of virtualization can now be applied to storage networks. Read how new products make it possible to pool and share storage networking resources.

  • Virtual I/O aims to streamline network traffic

  • Switch-level storage virtualization, page 2

    Virtualization allows administrators to gather, organize, allocate and manage storage hardware without regard for the applications or servers that use it. When properly implemented, storage virtualization eliminates forgotten or partially -used disks, allowing superior storage utilization. This demands fewer drives, often translating into significant cost savings. Data can easily be transferred and migrated between storage resources. Virtualization also permits storage resources to be altered and updated on the fly without disrupting application performance, generally reducing downtime. Interest is building in virtualization at the switch level, promising better performance and interoperability.