Storage virtualization News
July 16, 2015
When evaluating a new technology, some people like to go all in, with gusto, and adopt it hook line and sinker. Then there are folks whose MO is to take baby steps: Dip a toe in the water and do a lengthy proof of concept. What's right for any given organization depends on its temperament, needs, budget, skills -- any number of factors. One thing's for certain, there's no right answer.
This cover story in this issue of Modern Infrastructure delves into the different ways organizations implement cloud applications, whether replatforming or "lift and shift."
Sometimes, the question isn't how to implement this new technology, but whether to bother implementing it at all. "I'm a big believer in the natural balance that forms based on how people actually use things versus planning for how people might use things," Brian Madden said. So sit tight. What you need to do will become clear soon enough.
July 06, 2015
It's easy to understand why server virtualization has become so popular among IT admins. Virtual servers are flexible, mobile and can be deployed or decommissioned rapidly. However, managing storage for virtual environments can be difficult. Many shops struggle with managing storage for virtual servers, and even more could realize better performance with more sophisticated management. Storage management tools for virtual environments can capture and record data from hypervisors; extend visibility into storage, network and applications; and provide trending analysis to help keep resources in balance. These tools can help you take a proactive approach to storage management, reduce costs and improve performance.
RAID has formed the backbone of local data availability for nearly 30 years, but the technology is starting to show its age, and erasure coding has emerged as an alternative. Some even say it could even eliminate the need for traditional data backup.
Storage and backup administrators are a tough crowd. So it means something when users of Asigra and Veeam backup products return the two vendors to the winner's circle in a reprise of last year's Backup Software Quality Awards results.
June 24, 2015
Sphere 3D SnapCloud presents as a physically attached local NAS for read/write, backups and replication between hardware and cloud instances.
May 26, 2015
The new DataCore SANsymphony-V virtualization software tackles hyper-convergence, hybrid cloud storage, backup and dedupe.
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The proliferation of hyper-converged infrastructure is giving administrators more storage options for their virtual environments. Continue Reading
Can hyper-converged storage deliver on its promise? With this guide, gain a better understanding of hyper-converged architecture and what it means for storage. Continue Reading
VMware VVOLs change how virtual machine storage is consumed, allowing data protection features to be managed at the software level. Continue Reading
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VMware Virtual Volumes make storage array data services available to virtual machines. But what does it mean when a backup software product supports VVOLs? Continue Reading
Get tips on implementing a NAS system, find out where the technology works best and understand the need-to-know purchasing criteria. Continue Reading
Local storage helps address virtualization-related IO performance problems but raises potential security concerns, especially for cloud environments. Continue Reading
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Should data center managers pine for the good old days of direct-attached storage? Or is adding a little flash the way to counter-act the fundamental storage changes wrought by virtualization? Continue Reading
Bringing in a hyper-converged platform can present a complication in the data center where networking, virtualization and storage teams were once separated. Continue Reading
Virtualization and storage spark fears of a new era of black box opaqueness for today's network engineers. But hope remains. Continue Reading