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  • Get the best mix of servers and storage in the data center

    A fleet of servers is only as good as its connected storage. The right storage design for your data center depends on cost, simplicity and performance requirements.Continue Reading

  • HDS VSP G1000 array

    The Hitachi Data Systems VSP G1000 is a storage array designed for large enterprise SAN environments.Continue Reading

  • Choosing the best cloud server for your hybrid cloud

    Hybrid cloud hinges on data management and data movement, which is important to remember when choosing a cloud server.Continue Reading

  • What's new with EVO:RAIL appliance?

    VMware announced its hyper-converged infrastructure offering at VMworld 2014 but has already made some adjustments to the offering.Continue Reading

  • Here's where software-defined storage fits

    Any organization serious about building and maintaining a useful virtualized environment is concerned whether its IT investments are able to respond to advancements in cloud computing, software-defined storage, storage virtualization, converged infrastructure and other emerging data center technologies. Software-defined storage, in particular, has become one of the most discussed topics in the data center and virtualization sectors.

    This chapter looks specifically at how products in the software-defined storage category can make the management of storage less complicated, and, if properly implemented, can position a data center at the leading edge of technology for the foreseeable future. What's needed is a plan to create a virtualized infrastructure that’s sufficiently adaptable to future requirements. IT teams devote considerable time and precious IT dollars to making sure their virtualized infrastructure is efficient. They can't afford to find themselves with an environment that carries a high total cost of ownership or that can't adapt to change. Decisions about storage are an integral part of this process, and software-defined storage provides the type of flexibility that appeals to IT decision-makers interested in future-proofing an infrastructure.

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  • Are vSphere Virtual Volumes necessary with an EVO:RAIL appliance?

    Taneja Group's Tom Fenton explains how VVOLs work, and the storage differences between VVOLs and VSAN.Continue Reading

  • VMware VVOLs, VSAN changing the storage game

    Our Advisory Board weighs in on how VMware VVOLs, an addition released in vSphere 6, are changing the storage industry.Continue Reading

  • Hyper-converged storage systems=Storage + Compute + Networking

    Hyper-converged storage systems are preconfigured and integrated clusters of servers that share their internal storage. They boast convenience and flexibility, allowing rapid deployment of applications like databases and virtual desktop infrastructure. Hyper-converged bundles have limitations, however, such as scalability and the fact that they’re closed, siloed systems.

    Many companies now realize they have an untapped resource in their backup datastores. Backup data is often the most complete collection of corporate data. Backup vendors and others are now developing tools to access and use that data, turning what was once just insurance against disaster into a strategic corporate asset.

    Flash storage equals performance, and to squeeze out the ultimate IOPS, it should be installed directly in the server. We describe the alternatives, weighing their effectiveness and making use-case recommendations.

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  • VMware Virtual SAN 5.5

    VMware's Virtual SAN shares the bronze medal with Scality's Ring 5.0 in the 2014 Products of the Year storage system software category.Continue Reading

  • Are there differences between VMware’s EVO:RAIL partners?

    VMware has partnered with several companies to offer EVO:RAIL, and while the underlying technology is the same, there are subtle differences.Continue Reading

  • What do I need to create a VMDK file larger than 2 TB?

    What hypervisor and host system are required for VMDK files larger than 2 TB? Are there any potential problems to consider?Continue Reading

  • Jon Toigo on 'What is software-defined storage?'

    Like nearly everyone else, Jon Toigo has grappled with the definition of software-defined storage ... until he realized there are three.Continue Reading

  • Smarter hardware will make software-defined technology work

    Some vendors are making hardware sound like an afterthought, but software-defined technology depends on hardware innovation.Continue Reading

  • Talking about the future of VSAN with Duncan Epping

    VMware's Duncan Epping talks about the advantages of a virtual storage appliance, how VSAN works when an SSD drive breaks and more.Continue Reading

  • Finding where VSAN fits in with VMware SDDC

    Cormac Hogan and Duncan Epping's book on VSAN gives a basic introduction to the VMware SDDC and explains how VSAN keeps storage simple for virtualization administrators.Continue Reading

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