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Vol. 9 Num. 7 October 2010

Block vs. file storage to support virtual server environments

Here are the pros and cons of block-based and file-based storage deployments to help you decide how to support your virtual environment. Server virtualization is one of the most crucial technologies in IT today. And a robust and efficient storage infrastructure designed to support the virtual server environment is equally as important. Yet many users neglect this supporting framework when planning for server virtualization. If a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, IT needs to ensure that storage isn't the weak link in the virtualized application infrastructure chain. To realize the greatest economies of scale and achieve optimal performance, organizations must carefully weigh their options when choosing a storage protocol to support their virtual server environments. Which protocol should you choose? There's no absolute or standard answer to this question. Both protocols -- block and file -- have distinct advantages and specific limitations. Block-based storage is the more mature technology and currently has a larger ...

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  • 10 tips for managing storage for virtual servers and virtual desktops

    Server virtualization and virtual desktops can make configuring and managing storage systems a lot tougher. These 10 tips can help ease some of the stress caused by managing storage in a virtual environment.

  • Brighter outlook for storage budgets

    Budget concerns have eased slightly, and many storage managers are eyeing solid-state storage and cloud storage services. How does your shopping list compare to that of your peers?

  • Space and time are still backup bugaboos

    Our latest survey has readers saying too much capacity and too much stuff to back up is their biggest pain point when it comes to backup. Many of them are counting on data dedupe to ease their backup blues.

  • Integrate the cloud with your backup app

    Getting the sophistication of a backup app and the simplicity and scalability of cloud storage is possible today. But there are still some kinks to work out.

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