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Getting to production is just the first step. Delivering exceptional user experience is the next, and that means there's work to be done - in the network. Bring on the NetOps!

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Virtualization, cheap memory, and private cloud technologies have coalesced to create the perfect storm for modern databases. In the last three years, these technologies have obliterated barricades...
How much flash (or DRAM) based Solid State Device (SSD) do you want or need? IBM recently took a flash step announcing it wants and needs more SSD capabilities in different packaging and functionality capabilities to meet the demands and opportunities of customers, business partne...
There is a new (free) book that I'm a co-author of along Bruce Grieshaber and Larry Jacob (both of LSI) along with foreword by Harry Mason of LSI and President of the Aug. 19, 2012 07:30 AM EDT  Reads: 10,418
Cost reduction is often perceived as the most compelling adoption driver for new technologies. However, in many cases, looking beyond bottom line benefits often uncovers additional intrinsic value. Such is the case for cloud storage. While frequently touted benefits of cloud storage...
Have you seen or heard the theme that Direct Attached Storage (DAS), either dedicated or shared, internal or external is making a comeback? Wait, if something did not go away, how can it make a comeback? IMHO it is as simple as for the past decade or so, DAS has been overshadowed...
Last Friday Eric Savitz over at Forbes reported that Dell may have put in a speculative bid for Fusion-IO (thanks to Don Jennings for spotting the article). The rumoured price was $33 a share, which is approximately a 50% markup on the share price at the time – we can only assume the ...

Virtualization can be a great boon to an organization’s data center, but it has to be managed correctly. The fact of the matter is that you can’t simply take servers, virtualize them, and then just expect to meet capacity. You need to measure, test, and tweak your virtua...

This is the first of a two part series on my latest experiences with HHDD and SSD's

About two years ago I wanted to start installing Apr. 30, 2012 06:00 AM EDT  Reads: 5,207

With hypervisors a ubiquitous component of nearly every IT deployment, virtual appliances present a compelling alternative to traditional physical appliances by offering a simpler and faster software deployment model. In recent years, many data storage vendors have jumped on the “virtu...
Spring 2012 StorageIO traveling out and about events are underway with activities already having occurred in New York City along with several online live and recorded web casts that you can find here and here. Other upcoming events and traveling to various venues include Dallas (SNW), ...
George Crump from Storage Switzerland recently wrote an article, arguing that it is better to deploy SSDs in a storage array instead of as a server cache. The article was sponsored by Pure Storage which happens to sell SSD based storage arrays.
72% of IT directors we surveyed recently think the biggest server backup challenge is complexity. Maintaining an effective backup process for critical data is a priority for many organizations, but despite rapid changes in technology in the last 10 years, the backup process has evolved...
Nearly every small, medium or large organization is heading down the path of adopting disk-based data protection as a way to solve their legacy problems of backup to tape. But what many of these organizations have yet to recognize is that as they adopt disk to store these post-producti...
Recently there was an interesting blog post by Scott Rsymond entitled “Where Are the Affordable Enterprise Online Backups?” I made a comment to it – to the effect that bandwidth and RTO (Recovery Time Objective) are incompatible. That caused some other comments to be made. I decided...
How will your internal controls over financial reporting be affected by virtualization? Will you be able to prove that the application running in your cloud today is the same application that was running there yesterday? While the benefits of virtualization are clear and measurable, wh...
This session looks at the predominant cloud computing service types (IaaS, SaaS and PaaS) and characterizes the shift in management responsibility that comes with adoption of each type. It also suggests some best practices, as used by early adopters, in how to monitor services delivere...
Three good examples are provided here from the virtualization tracks at the event: * "Top 10 Private Cloud Pitfalls" is a presentation from Surgient VP Brian Wilson. In it, he promises to "provide a practical framework to assess principle private cloud requirements and map those to ...
As a prime contract holder on NASA's SEWP IV GWAC, JRTI, Inc. works with a host of government agencies and end-users to design, deliver and support information technology solutions within the federal government market. JRTI has strategic alliances with leading IT providers like Dell, C...
In 2007, IDC estimated that 211 PBs of iSCSI storage was shipped worldwide. This grew to 500 PBs shipped in 2008 and was forecast to continue to grow in 2009 and beyond. But what those numbers do not reveal is that it is mid-sized enterprises who bought the majority of these iSCSI stor...
The message from the VC community is clear – "don't waste our seed money on network and server equipment." The message from the US Government CIO was clear – the US Government will consolidate data centers and start moving towards cloud computing. The message from the software and hard...
Doing more with less is a familiar refrain for IT professionals, and today’s challenging business environment has only increased the pressure on managers to achieve efficiencies, maximize performance and improve responsiveness of the data center. More and more frequently, IT is turning...
In most organizations, server utilization was in the low double digits. Very few businesses were able to utilize 80% or more of a server’s capacity, yet that server still consumed a lot of electricity and produced a lot of heat. Unfortunately, most applications are not designed to play...
Healthcare wealth is no different than any other form of wealth – it’s just a much more emotional microcosm. There is simply not enough medical care to go around. Not enough doctors, hospital beds, machines, drugs – not enough of any of it, and there very likely never will be. This isn...
Sun Microsystems and Emerson Network Power have joined up in a global alliance to help data centre operators drive efficiencies into new and existing facilities. In other words, the two companies have banded together to sell a package solution consisting of each other’s products for da...
3Par, a Fremont, Calif.-based maker of storage arrays for data centers, pre-announced lowered earnings for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2009 yesterday, blaming, among other things, the fact that customers don’t have access to the electricity needed to add 3Par gear to their dat...
New developments in mainframe automation and other technologies increasingly support the use of mainframes for delivering cloud-computing advantages -- and help accelerate the ability to solve recession-era computing challenges around cost, power, energy use and reliability.
EMC is proposing to outbid NetApp for Data Domain, the dedupe house that NetApp agreed to buy the week before last for $25 a share in cash and stock, a price valued at $1.5 billion. EMC is offering $30 a share, all cash, a total of $1.8 billion, more than it’s ever paid for anything. A...
DataCore Software announced that its SANmelody software is serving as the foundation of a replication and disaster recovery (DR) plan at Alameda County Medical Center (ACMC) that was orchestrated by DataCore partner Entisys. The IT environment at ACMC was fundamentally based upon produ...
FalconStor announced its expansion in the Software as a Service (SaaS) market, collaborating with HiNet - the Internet service provider (ISP) arm of Chunghwa Telecom, an information and telecom service provider in Taiwan - to make online backup services available to customers and small...
Hosting provider LeaseWeb has decided to use a FAS 3040HA mid-range platform by NetApp so that it will be able to offer its customers a complete storage-on-demand (SOD) solution. The platform will allow LeaseWeb to offer managed back-up and disaster recovery services.
Peer Software announced a partnership with Parallels. The companies are collaborating to enable customers to realize cost-savings through simplified IT infrastructures, using virtualization platforms and disaster recovery solutions with certified data protection, availability and conti...
Nexenta Systems announced a partnership with Broadberry Data Systems. Broadberry and Nexenta are partnering to deliver complete enterprise class storage solutions. Based upon NexentaStor, these solutions leverage the revolutionary ZFS file system and offer many advantages versus altern...
DataCore announced that Alchemy Plus is using DataCore's SANmelody solution to provide a hosted server virtualization farm environment for small businesses under a 'Pay as You Use' utility computing framework. Alchemy Plus' data center is located in Dingwall in the Scottish Highlands. ...
Health care organizations -- faced with a staggering influx of information from patient medical records and billing and claims to data on medical discoveries -- are turning to Dell and virtualization to help cure their data storage and management challenges. According to a recent repor...
It's no secret that data centers are faced with exponential storage growth, increasing operational costs, power and cooling limitations, and the need to provision and bring new applications online more rapidly to support critical business needs, many customers look to virtualization st...
Storage virtualization introduces a level of abstraction that sits between application servers and physical storage resources to provide centralized volume management and non-disruptive data mobility. These capabilities help storage managers improve productivity, capacity-utilization a...
As part of IBM's 'Project Big Green' offerings, IBM announced new storage virtualization software, its System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) 4.3 software, to manage and consolidate volumes of business data.
Kroll Ontrack announced its ability to perform data recovery services on VMware systems. Using newly developed proprietary technology, Kroll Ontrack conceived and developed capabilities specifically designed to recover folders and files on all types of virtual systems. This capability ...


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