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.
January 08, 2016
The 14 finalists in the hard disk/hybrid storage systems category of the 2015 Products of the Year competition blend flash configurations with traditional spinning media.
December 11, 2015
Blending LAN and SAN networks cuts a lot of management headaches -- and miles of cable -- out of the data center.
November 04, 2015
Concrete building supply company Prosoco went with Maxta MxSP software-based hyper-convergence product after bottlenecks popped up with its Nexsan SAN running Hyper-V.
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Although there are few new Hyper-V features in Windows Server 2016, PowerShell Direct and improved storage resiliency are noteworthy. Continue Reading
After putting together the basic setup of a home lab for nested virtualization, here's how to add the storage. Continue Reading
Server virtualization increases the complexity of storage management and forces administrators to pay even closer attention to issues such as available bandwidth and overprovisioning. Approaching management and provisioning in the same way as in a traditional environment could be an invitation for poor performance, wasted capacity and risky data protection techniques. Each of the major server virtualization vendors takes a slightly different approach to storage management and configuration, which might dictate aspects such as recommended protocols, feature sets and data protection schemes. But in addition to this, storage administrators must be sure to construct storage architectures based on different requirements than what they might architect in a traditional, non-virtualized environment. They need to provide an increased level of performance because virtualization multiplexes data that was once sequential together, making it more difficult to read and write. Providing fault tolerance against hardware failures is also essential to keeping virtual machines (VMs) and their applications up and running. The VM storage also must commonly support either multi-path connectivity or storage replication so that running VMs can be moved between host servers on an as-needed basis with little to no downtime. This e-book will help storage administrators plan for these requirements before architecting storage for their virtual environments. Continue Reading
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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
Discover the benefits of using a network-attached storage device, how it differs from SAN and DAS technology, and how a NAS device might fit into your enterprise's storage plan. Continue Reading
Features for the Fujitsu Eternus DX89000 S3 SAN array include thin provisioning, mirroring and RAID. Continue Reading
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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
Get tips on implementing a NAS system, find out where the technology works best and understand the need-to-know purchasing criteria. Continue Reading
VSphere VVOLs allow virtual administrators to self-provision a pool of storage as they see fit. 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
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
Independent backup expert Brien Posey discusses using removable disk for small office backups and suggests some possible alternatives. Continue Reading