Data Storage Solutions for a Virtual Environment

  • January 15, 2010 15 Jan'10

    Looking ahead to the Consumerization of IT and virtualization in 2010

    After enjoying the last couple of hours of 2009 with my family, I thought how fitting it would be to end the year with a post! I've been incredibly busy this year and my lack of posts really shows ...

  • September 09, 2009 09 Sep'09

    Texas Memory Systems acquires storage virtualization IP from Incipient

    Solid-state drive vendor Texas Memory Systems has analysts envisioning a hybrid storage tier with the purchase of assets from storage virtualization startup Incipient.

  • September 02, 2009 02 Sep'09

    VMworld 2009: Storage admins grapple with growing VMware deployments

    As VMware server virtualization penetrates further into the data center, enterprise data storage managers find storage efficiency is often at odds with virtual machine performance.

  • August 31, 2009 31 Aug'09

    VMworld 2009: Storage vendors showcase new vSphere 4 products

    Storage vendors are adding support for VMware Inc.'s new vSphere 4, disaster recovery with Site Recovery Manager, as well as converged data center networks at VMworld 2009.

  • August 25, 2009 25 Aug'09

    EMC remakes 8 Gbps FC/10 GbE Clariion provisioning in VMware's image

    EMC RecoverPoint, Replication Manager and Navisphere will now allow provisioning and replication by virtual machine rather than by physical server or LUN.

  • June 23, 2009 23 Jun'09

    Pixorial's video-sharing website virtualizes network resources with Xsigo I/O Director

    Pixorial's video-sharing website combines virtualized Dell PowerEdge servers with Xsigo I/O Director and a dense, scalable SAN to add capacity and bandwidth dynamically.

  • March 03, 2009 03 Mar'09

    Storage best practices for virtual server environments

    Measuring and tuning storage performance has grown more challenging with the proliferation of virtual servers. Learn how RiskMetrics Group has adapted to its changing environment, and best practices for managing storage in virtual server ...

  • February 26, 2009 26 Feb'09

    FalconStor enhances VMware backups

    FalconStor rolls out an accelerator for VMware backups; Virtual Instruments unveils I/O optimization software for VMware; VirtenSys shows off I/O virtualization switch.

  • February 06, 2009 06 Feb'09

    F5 picks up pieces of file virtualization player Attune

    Sign of the times: Attune's intellectual property went on the auction block in December, and has been absorbed into F5's file virtualization portfolio.

  • October 01, 2008 01 Oct'08

    NetApp guarantees storage capacity savings for VMware users

    NetApp guarantees its arrays will require 50% less storage to host ESX servers than competing arrays. But you'll need to read lots of fine print to know your environment qualifies.

  • September 18, 2008 18 Sep'08

    Further news and reading from VMWorld

    A couple of additional storage announcements not captured in our VMWorld preview wrap: EMC Corp. said EMC Control Center (ECC)  6.1 will now support reporting on thin-provisioned volumes within ...

  • September 18, 2008 18 Sep'08

    VMWorld in Pictures

    As far as I could tell, they did not actually serve liquid genius here. A busy - and vast - show floor. Psst...roadmap stuff over here... Some of the storage roadmap stuff. Still undecided whether ...

  • September 10, 2008 10 Sep'08

    Dell array has nice surprise: VMware snapshot manager

    New EqualLogic iSCSI storage array packs three times the amount of disk as Dell's previous high-end SAN. The array also includes Auto-Snapshot Manager/VMware Edition, for automated replication and failover in VMware environments.

  • September 08, 2008 08 Sep'08

    File virtualization shops going strong, but market uncertain

    Users say the F5/Acopia ARX switch has become an important part of their environment, but the overall file virtualization market has cooled over the last few years.

  • August 15, 2008 15 Aug'08

    NetApp expert says pNFS not necessarily VMware solution

    After my article the other day about storage pros hoping for a VMware performance boost from pNFS, part of the new NFS 4.1 standard currently being ratified by IETF, I came across a response from ...

  • August 12, 2008 12 Aug'08

    VMware glitch locks up servers, fix won’t be available until tomorrow - Updated

    Don't you hate it when you go into iTunes and try to play a purchased song, and it won't let you until it authenticates...again? Well, take away the authentication step and leave things hanging, ...

  • July 24, 2008 24 Jul'08

    Blade server doubles number of VMware virtual machines

    Blade server doubles number of VMware virtual machines; Emulex offers virtual HBA management for Solaris 10.

  • July 02, 2008 02 Jul'08

    More server virtualization benchmark drama

    Last time on As the Benchmark Turns, we saw NetApp pull a fast one on EMC. This week's episode brings us into the torrid realm of server virtualization and Hyper-V. It began with a press release ...

  • June 11, 2008 11 Jun'08

    Symantec CEO: We know more about file systems than VMware

    Symantec CEO John Thompson sat down for a Q&A to talk about how SSDs will bury tape, coopetition with VMware and streamlining Symantec product lines.

  • May 29, 2008 29 May'08

    Xiotech Virtual View automates storage provisioning for VMware

    Xiotech's Virtual View can help users of its ICON disk array management software centrally manage storage resources used by VMware virtual machines. The provisioning application shows storage administrators which storage volumes and LUNs are ...

  • May 27, 2008 27 May'08

    Verari, Xsigo form I/O virtual connection

    Verari integrates Xsigo's I/O virtualization into its blade servers in an effort to reduce connections and increase manageability of I/O between blades and storage.

  • March 11, 2008 11 Mar'08

    VMware vs. Partners: chatter about conflict increases

    Our friends at Homeland Security are known to use the term "chatter" to refer to the level of terrorist communications they're intercepting at any given time. Any large consortium of humans will ...

  • February 12, 2008 12 Feb'08

    NetApp automates VMware snapshots, storage provisioning

    Updates to NetApp's software portfolio add new automated features and integration, but users and analysts say there's still room to tighten things up.

  • January 30, 2008 30 Jan'08

    Slowdown could push VMware into storage market

    It seems crazy, and in many ways it is. The company that essentially created the hottest market in IT has said it will grow 50% over the next year, and the company that owns it has projected $15 ...

  • January 16, 2008 16 Jan'08

    Storage and VMware walk virtual tightropes

    It all started with a pretty run-of-the-mill partnership agreement. FalconStor announced its storage virtualization, snapshot and replication software will support Virtual Iron's virtual servers ...

  • November 20, 2007 20 Nov'07

    VMware's storage strategy: Simplify management

    VMware executive Jon Bock discusses VMware's plans for better integrating its server virtualization software with enterprise storage.

  • September 28, 2007 28 Sep'07

    VMware storage headaches continue to plague users

    Widespread VMware deployments are causing storage professionals problems, ranging from grappling with new storage virtualization schemes to wrestling with backups.

  • September 21, 2007 21 Sep'07

    Brocade regroups for virtualization battle with Cisco

    Brocade says it will add services like data migration and encryption to the fabric by next year. Meanwhile, Cisco is already out in the market with similar products.

  • September 11, 2007 11 Sep'07

    Data storage products take center stage at VMworld

    A roundup of product announcements at VMware's annual VMworld conference from data storage vendors looking to take advantage of the server virtualization craze.

  • August 07, 2007 07 Aug'07

    File virtualization becoming a network service

    The $210 million acquisition of Acopia this week marks the third such merger between a file virtualization startup and a networking firm.

  • August 06, 2007 06 Aug'07

    F5 buys Acopia for $210M

    F5 joins the storage market with the acquisition of file virtualization switch company Acopia.

  • October 25, 2006 25 Oct'06

    File virtualization tops hot technology index

    The latest report from research firm TheInfoPro reveals file virtualization products are a hot commodity among the Fortune 1000, but many deployments are for one-time projects.

  • September 05, 2006 05 Sep'06

    Storage systems and virtualization - your fate is to disaggregate

    Storage analyst Tony Asaro says that today most storage systems are discrete, individual systems that are islands. Disaggregating the storage controller from the disk enclosures creates storage pools with greater flexibility, scalability and a leap ...

  • June 08, 2006 08 Jun'06

    VMware backup: room for improvement

    Users say that VMware backup needs to work better with storage software vendors.

  • May 17, 2006 17 May'06

    VMware users long for live data migration

    Users at Storage Decisions say they hope the forthcoming version of VMware will allow them to upgrade their storage without rebooting servers.

  • March 07, 2006 07 Mar'06

    Brocade spreads its wings, acquires NuView

    Extending itself way out of its comfort zone, SAN equipment maker Brocade has acquired file virtualization software vendor NuView for approximately $60M in cash.

  • March 03, 2006 03 Mar'06

    Storage Clips: Xiotech, Emulex support VMware

    Xiotech announced interoperability with its storage systems; Emulex formally joined a VMware development program.

  • February 06, 2006 06 Feb'06

    Asigra boosts VMware backup with 6.0

    Asigra announced version 6.0 of its flagship Televaulting software and according to users, Asigra's new way of backing up VMware servers is the most notable improvement.

  • January 31, 2006 31 Jan'06

    Top 10 requirements for effective server consolidation

    Many companies have server consolidation projects underway, because although server acquisition costs are low, there is a high total cost of ownership.

  • December 06, 2005 06 Dec'05

    Storage outlook '06: Consolidation rules

    In the first of a series of user profiles Schenck Business Solutions CIO and CTO, James Tarala, talks to about what's on his plate for storage next year.

  • November 23, 2005 23 Nov'05

    Users say virtualization switch worth the leap

    According to users, installing Acopia's virtualization switch requires new thinking around storage, but they say they expect it to save them big money in the long run.

  • August 16, 2005 16 Aug'05

    EMC acquires intelligent switch assets

    EMC confirmed it has acquired the assets of Maranti, a developmental shortcut to improving Invista, analysts say.

  • July 22, 2005 22 Jul'05

    Grid computing quietly takes over the storage world

    While you may not have noticed, grid computing is already making an appearance in the storage market, and will have a much bigger impact over time than most may realize.

  • July 15, 2005 15 Jul'05

    IBM storage chiefs speak out about tape, SVC

    Two of IBM's storage directors discuss the role of tape, why the midrange is hot, SVC versus Invista virtualization and the NetApp reseller deal.

  • June 20, 2005 20 Jun'05

    Users warm up to virtualized storage

    Support fears resolved, users take tentative steps toward virtualizing mixed vendor environments.

  • May 16, 2005 16 May'05

    EMC unveils Invista

    EMC will unveil its long-awaited storage router virtualization platform, Invista, in New Orleans, but users are unlikely to deploy it for virtualization.

  • April 15, 2005 15 Apr'05

    Users get down and dirty with virtualization

    A hands-on lab session at SNW gave users a feel for creating and provisioning virtual LUNs as well as some of the traps to watch out for.

  • March 29, 2005 29 Mar'05

    Storage Clips: NetApp unveils virtualization appliance

    NetApp ups virtualization ante; Mainframe users get open systems storage; SBE acquires iSCSI software company, PyX.

  • February 22, 2005 22 Feb'05

    Virtualization software: The hidden truth

    Is storage software driving down a road of complexity that managers will never be able to find their way back from?

  • September 22, 2004 22 Sep'04

    SD '04: Attendees give thumbs up to network virtualization

    Users at Storage Decisions voted overwhelmingly in favor of network-based virtualization, but many still have doubts over product reliability and costs.

  • August 05, 2004 05 Aug'04

    Tech Roundup: Virtualization

    While the merits of storage virtualization have been widely argued in recent years, users are now coming around to the notion that virtualization is a worthy and real technology. This tech roundup has the latest on virtualization.

  • June 09, 2004 09 Jun'04

    Merrill Lynch: Network-based virtualization saves money

    The financial services company checks out new technology from Acopia Networks to virtualize its storage and as a result expects to save significant costs

  • November 20, 2003 20 Nov'03

    Expert: How virtualization can work for you

    Bits & Bytes: Storage management expert Brett Cooper gives us his thoughts on a few issues regarding virtualization. Brett shares his expertise on how to effectively utilize virtualization technology, how it will make data management easier for ...

  • November 13, 2003 13 Nov'03

    Ten things you can do with virtualization

    Think virtualization is a technology without a cause? Think again. According to companies such as FalconStor, DataCore, and StorAge, users aren't buying into virtualization for virtualization's sake, but because it helps them solve any number of ...

  • September 30, 2003 30 Sep'03

    Storage hindering the evolution of the data center

    Call it utility computing, on-demand, autonomic or anything you want. It's the hot concept in storage and the data center as a whole, but the gurus and end users agree that, over the next five years, the complexity of storage networks may be both a ...

  • April 18, 2003 18 Apr'03

    SNW: Despite its age, virtualization lauded as next best thing

    Virtualization is a decades-old concept that has yet to take hold. But some experts insist that, within six months, the number of shops using virtualization will be staggering. Still, users are biding their time, saying they have no plans to be ...

  • September 23, 2002 23 Sep'02

    Users on virtualization: Hold on, I'm not ready yet

    While virtualization deployments are on the back burner for many users, they have confidence that viable solutions are yet to come.

  • July 18, 2002 18 Jul'02

    The here and now of virtualization

    SearchStorage expert Joel Lovell has a hard time believing that virtualization is not real, and is not readily available in today's environment. Instead, Joel sees a number of ways ...

  • June 24, 2002 24 Jun'02

    User demand outpaces virtualization realities

    Some users say that until vendors introduce fully integrated virtualization solutions, they'll pass on adopting the technology. But one analyst says that users who overlook the benefits of virtualization may be passed by.

  • June 03, 2002 03 Jun'02

    StorageTek offers consolidation and cloning tool

    StorageTek has released a Web-based software for rapid deployment and recovery of Linux virtual servers on Shared Virtual Array (SVA) subsystems using IBM's zSeries mainframe computing platform.

  • November 20, 2001 20 Nov'01

    Virtualization tough to grasp

    Virtualization is a practically perfect concept. But, confusion, sometimes perpetuated by vendors, is preventing it from becoming a reality for now.

  • September 07, 2001 07 Sep'01

    Virtualization: What are you getting for your money?

    Virtualization may be the hottest buzz word in the storage industry right now. But what exactly is it? How is it deployed? And what should you ask potential vendors to ensure you're getting your money's worth?

  • August 16, 2000 16 Aug'00

    Veritas invests in VMWare