October 18, 2016
Version 6.5 of VMware's VSAN hyper-converged platform aims to simplify VSAN deployment in remote offices and all-flash nodes, but the update lacks groundbreaking features.
October 05, 2016
Infinidat claims InfiniBox can scale to 5 PB effective capacity in a 42U array and has 'carrier-grade' iSCSI in its enterprise SAN array; it still revolves around spinning disk.
July 22, 2016
The pieces are starting to fall into place for even higher performing flash storage with lower latency through the use of Nonvolatile Memory Express (NVMe) over Fibre Channel (FC). Broadcom (part ...
January 25, 2016
Newly updated Load DynamiX Virtual Series tools offer the same GUI, workflow, statistics and API as its physical storage performance validation appliance.
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VSAN 6.5 users can take advantage of all-flash with a Standard license but still need a higher option if they want deduplication and compression. Continue Reading
Thanks to its straightforward approach to clustering, SCVMM is the obvious choice for deploying Hyper-V clusters, but there are a few requirements you'll need to meet before you can get started. Continue Reading
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Object storage is rapidly replacing proprietary SAN filers as the go-to choice for storage in the modern data center. But is it right for your virtual environment? Continue Reading
Before the virtual storage area network, there were Fibre Channel storage area networks and iSCSI. And, now it seems that an object storage system will better fit the bill. Continue Reading
Jumbo frames can help reduce network latency under the right conditions, but it's important to ensure your entire network is set up to support it. Continue Reading
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The VMware Host Client is faster and more secure than the vSphere Flash-based client, but it has yet to reach maturity. Here are some other tools you can use to manage ESXi hosts. Continue Reading
Historically, Fibre Channel technology has been a top choice for enterprises in need of a high-speed interconnect for SANs. With the introduction of iSCSI storage, however, the landscape shifted. Ethernet networking gained acceptance for block storage and became popular for file, and later cloud-based, object storage. It costs less, requires no dedicated switching and special training, and offers adequate performance for most business applications. But don't sound the death knell for Fibre Channel technology; market research indicates widespread use and a slow decline.
Most storage vendors today offer object-based storage, and interest in these systems is high. Object storage offers massive scalability, potentially better data management with extended metadata, cloud storage integration via support for RESTful APIs and lower overall storage costs. The trick, of course, is integrating object and all of its capabilities into environments still dominated by SAN, NAS, and applications that continue to expect file or block storage interfaces. But, it's being done.
Big data, Hadoop, MapReduce, data warehousing, business intelligence… All of these analytics applications place new demands on storage systems and often require new or modified storage structures. The special requirements of these analytics-on-a-massive-scale apps, and how to effectively manage their supporting storage infrastructures, are detailed in this issue of Storage magazine.Continue Reading
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Object stores offer scalability that traditional storage systems cannot match. The challenge is making them work in a block- and file-based world. Continue Reading
System Center Virtual Machine Manager supports multiple storage types, but it's up to the administrator to classify and provision that storage. Continue Reading
Deciding on the best way to present storage to a VM depends on a variety of factors and typically involves at least three types of administrators in the data center. Continue Reading