What if you could release 4TB of storage in every 10TB with no business impact?

Good post by Andrew Dickerson (thank you)

What a waste of space!

If you’re responsible for data storage, you already know that storing and managing more than 30% annual data growth is eating up your budget faster than just about anything else in IT. In fact, industry analysts estimate that anything between 25% and 40% of the total IT budget will be spent on storage in 2014.

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Now’s the time for hyper-convergence

Post by Kate Davis (thank you)

The New Style of IT is an opportunity for change – change to propel your business, to prepare for what may come, to make environments more efficient and simplified.

One of the ways we’ve been enacting change for our customers is through convergence – a move to bring the components of the data center closer together by simplifying management, optimizing workloads and increasing efficiency.

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Short stroking disk drives to improve performance

Good Post by Erwin van Londen (thank you)

Reading a post from Hans DeLeenheer (VEEAM) which ramped up quite a bit including responses from Calvin Zito (HP), Alex McDonald (NetApp) and Nigel Poulton. The discussion started on a comment that XIO had “special” firmware which improved IO performance. Immediately the term “short-stroking” came up which leads to believe X-IO is cheap-skating on their technologies. I was under the same impression at first right until the moment I saw that Richard Lary is (more or less) the head of tech at X-IO together with Clark Lubbers and Bill Pagano who also come out of that same stable.

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What is Copy Data?

Good Post by George Crump (thank you)

Copy Data is the term used to describe the copies of primary data made for data protection, testing, archives, eDiscovery and analytics. The typical focus of copy data is data protection to recover data when something goes wrong. The problem is that each type of recovery requires a different copy of data. Recovery from corruption requires snapshots. Recovery from server failure requires disk backup. Protection from disk backup requires tape. Finally, recovery from a site disaster requires that all these copies be off-site. Add to the data protection copy problem, all the copies being made for test/development, archives, eDiscovery and now analytics. The end result: copy data is about much more than data protection and providing the capacity to manage all these copies has become a significant challenge to the data center.

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VMware shuffles deck with vCloud Air, vRealize changes

Post by Tom Walat (thank you)

VMware announced several new products and also realigned existing offerings with new names to shake things up at VMworld 2014.

As VMware has acquired companies and developed other virtualization technologies to expand its portfolio, this natural progression has resulted in some growing pains, namely in the realignment and rebranding of products.

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VSAN for Direct Attach Storage and VVOL for Enterprise Storage

Good Post by Hu Yoshida (thank you)

In June of last year 2013, VMware announced VSAN. VMware Virtual SAN is embedded in the VMware vSphere kernel and enables clusters of servers with direct attached hard disk drives and solid state drives (HDD and SSD) to create a shared datastore. The management architecture of VSAN enables administrators to specify storage attributes, such as capacity, performance, and availability, in the form of policies on a per VM basis.

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Docker Containers Performance in VMware vSphere

Post by Qasim Ali,  Banit Agrawal, and Davide Bergamasco (thank you)

“Containers without compromise” – This was one of the key messages at VMworld 2014 USA in San Francisco. It was presented in the opening keynote, and then the advantages of running Docker containers inside of virtual machines were discussed in detail in several breakout sessions. These include security/isolation guarantees and also the existing rich set of management functionalities. But some may say, “These benefits don’t come for free: what about the performance overhead of running containers in a VM?”

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vMotion (Huge) Enhancements in vSphere 6

Good Post by Romain Decker (thank you)

My first contact with vMotion goes back to a demo in 2004. I can still remember how the presenter connected to a Windows VM in RDP, launched a movie, migrated the VM to another host and powered off the 1st ESX…and the movie was still running! :)

VMware vSphere live migration, or vMotion, allows you to move an entire running virtual machine from one physical server to another, without downtime.

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Gartner: Top 10 Technology Trends for 2015 IT can’t ignore

Post by Michael Cooney (thank you)

Gartner defines its Strategic Technology Trends as those technologies that have the most potential to drive great change in the enterprise IT arena in the next three years.

Indeed this year’s crop has that potential as trends like software-defined networks and 3D printing take center stage in Gartner’s list.

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HGST Helps ‘Drive’ VMware VSAN

Post by Pedro Hernandez (thank you)

VMware has lined up plenty of industry support for its Virtual SAN (VSAN) software-defined storage platform. Only one company offers a full line of certified enterprise hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SSDs), claims HGST.

VSAN, the EMC’s subsidiary’s first software-defined storage product, officially arrived in March after a six-month beta program. The storage software boasts seamless integration with VMware vSphere, allowing the company’s customers to extend storage virtualization capabilities to their virtualized server environments.

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