Thin provisioning News
October 22, 2015
New Drobo NAS device -- the B810n -- is unveiled, presenting a single 64 TB namespace that can be divided into multiple SMB shares with thin provisioning.
June 05, 2015
Our annual Purchasing Intentions survey paints a rosier picture than last year for managers stretching their budgets to cover capacity storage purchase plans.
May 06, 2015
Dell Storage ships new entry-level SCv2000 arrays, ups performance and density in PS6610 and adds a new Microsoft-based software-defined storage option.
March 30, 2015
Northern Arizona University found software-defined storage vendor Nexenta just in time to fix their lagging XenDesktop environment.
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The descriptor file plays an essential role in a virtual machine disk file, pointing to the larger data file and other VMDK information. So, what do you do when it goes missing? Continue Reading
Thin provisioning is a commonly used feature to stretch storage resources, but it's also commonly abused. Continue Reading
VMware templates are known to save administrators time, but there are some tips and techniques you should follow to get the most out of them. Continue Reading
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One of the most important parts of setting up and managing a XenDesktop deployment is choosing which provisioning tool to use. Citrix provides one streaming option and another that creates VM clones. Continue Reading
It wasn't that long ago when the hyper-converged market was dominated by a small number of startups and, when it came to options, IT pros didn't have a lot to choose from. The hyper-converged market featured mostly single nodes which included storage, networking, compute and virtualization.
Today's hyper-converged market has greatly diversified, with most major vendors offering some form of hyper-converged technology in their products.
Other vendors have begun offering software-only hyper-converged products that pool all storage capacity seen by the hypervisor under a global namespace. These software-only products provide storage functionality in the form of thin provisioning or deduplication.
How do you know which hyper-converged product is right for you? This Handbook shows you the converged architecture options on the market today, seven criteria for choosing the right hyper-converged system for you, and how flash fits into the mix. After reading this Handbook, you'll have a better understanding of the technology to make a purchase decision.Continue Reading
This rundown of four small business NAS appliances dives into their available features to help you decide which product is right for your organization. Continue Reading
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It can be tempting to use creative designs in a vSphere deployment, but for small businesses, the rule of thumb for avoiding failure is to keep things simple. Continue Reading
Although thin provisioning promises to reduce the disk footprint of VMs, it can lead to an increase in disk capacity usage, making capacity monitoring absolutely essential. Continue Reading
This chapter offers guidance on how to keep virtual machines running efficiently. Critical to this process of virtualization capacity planning is appropriately provisioning resources. Best practices for capacity planning are detailed here so that an IT team will know for sure that it is giving its virtualization infrastructure enough resources to be effective without sizing machines in ways that will be wasteful. Since improving the utilization of hardware is the essential purpose of server virtualization, it would be ironic (and perhaps embarrassing) for an IT organization to discover that it is wasting resources by failing to size VMs correctly. Continue Reading
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It can be difficult to run an effective virtualized environment. Keeping it optimized and making good use of performance data are ongoing concerns for busy virtualization admins. This e-book series looks at best practices for getting the most out of a virtualization investment, with specific guidance offered on: capacity planning and virtual machine sizing; solving disk I/O and bottleneck troubles; and efficiently benchmarking and tracking performance. Continue Reading
Even though virtualization has become commonplace in today's data centers, provisioning storage for applications on virtual machines (VMs) often remains a pain point for IT professionals. Random I/O processes unique to virtual environments often put a strain on storage hardware and it's common for one, or even several, VMs to eat up bandwidth, leaving others without the power they need. In addition, configuring logical unit numbers and volumes when provisioning storage for virtual environments can be extremely complicated.
Today, vendors of emerging storage technologies are attempting to pave a smoother path toward better performance and capacity in virtual environments. Technologies such as hyper-converged storage aim to create a simpler configuration by shipping the hypervisor and storage in one box. Other products, deemed "software-defined storage," often pool storage to better utilize capacity and performance. But that doesn't mean managers don't still need to understand the unique set of challenges VMs place on storage. In this e-book, readers will learn how to cope with these challenges by understanding how virtualization changes the way storage should be provisioned and monitored. They will also learn how new technologies in the storage for virtual environment space can help and what types of applications they are most beneficial for, and how once murky technologies such as software-defined storage have grown to be more clearly defined as viable options for storing VMs.Continue Reading
VMware ESXi 5.5 enabled VMDK files larger than 2 TB, but huge VMs bring storage challenges. Continue Reading