What’s All The Fuss About Hyper-Converged Infrastructure?

Post by Anita Kibunguchy (thank you)

Technology has made it so easy that customers looking to purchase a product or service need to simply look online for reviews. Did you know that 80% of people try new things because of recommendations from friends? It’s the reason why e-commerce companies like Amazon have thrived! Customers want to hear what other customers have to say about: The product, their experience with the brand, durability, support, purchase decisions, recommendations … the list goes on. This is no different in the B2B space. That is why IT Central Station is such an invaluable resource for customers looking to adopt new technologies like hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) with VMware Virtual SAN. Customers get a chance to read unbiased product reviews from the tech community which makes them smart and much more informed buyers.

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Flash, Trash and data-driven infrastructures!

Post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

I’ve been talking about two-tier storage infrastructures for a while now. End users are targeting this kind of approach to cope with capacity growth and performance needs. The basic idea is to leverage Flash memory characteristics (All-flash, Hybrid, hyperconvergence) on one side and implement huge storage repositories, where they can safely store all the rest (including pure Trash) at the lowest possible cost, on the other. The latter is lately also referred to as a data lake.

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Pure Storage FlashArray//m

Post by Justin Warren (thank you)

What I like most about the FlashArray//m is the combination of very dull things that combine to make this an interesting piece of infrastructure.

I tweeted out a cheeky picture of a 6509 with a Pure Storage logo on it, because that’s what the FlashArray//m reminds me of: a modular chassis with a backplane that was the workhorse core switch at multiple clients for over a decade. I quite liked them. We’ve had modular chassis like this for years in networking and server gear, so it’s somewhat astounding that storage doesn’t do this, at least, not in the same ubiquitous way (software based things on x86 servers notwithstanding).

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EMC implies that SANs may not be so great for hosting virtual machines after all

Good Post by Steve Kaplan (thank you)

The inventor of the storage array, EMC, has indicated that a hardware-designed architecture is perhaps no longer the best solution for hosting a virtualized datacenter. The Register reported today that EMC will utilize ScaleIO as a VMware kernel module.

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How To Get Out Of the Storage Hardware Buying Game

Post by Colm Keegan (thank you)

For many organizations the time may finally be right for getting out of the storage hardware buying game. The idea of consuming storage as a utility is nothing new. In fact, the premise of utility based storage was brought to market in the late 90s during the height of the dot com bubble but the idea never really gained traction and hence, it lay relatively dormant for nearly a decade afterwards. But now it is possible for IT organizations to leverage low-cost, secure cloud storage resources to save time, money and the aggravation of constantly going through the storage refresh cycle.

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X-IO: Software-Defined what?

Good Post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

X-IO, born in 2007 and based in Colorado Springs (CO), is the result of the fusion of XioTech and the Advanced Storage Architecture division of Seagate (yes, the Hard Disk vendor). It’s not a proper startup actually (XioTech was born in 1995) but it does have most of the characteristics, of which the most important seems to be innovation.

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Software-Defined Storage Optimized for Hyper-V

Post by George Crump (thank you)

The power of server virtualization comes from the abstraction of hardware resources, which, in turn, efficiently delivers those resources to virtual machines. Thanks to that abstraction, these virtual machines are now free to move across physical hosts in order to enhance resource load balancing and maintain high availability. The abstraction creates a new layer for which infrastructure needs to tune itself for the virtual machine (VM).

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Storage is changing, thinking about a new strategy

Very good post by Enrico Signoretti (thank you)

Today’s business needs are quickly changing. IT is in charge of the infrastructure that should serve these needs but traditional approaches are no longer aligned with the requests. It’s not about what works and what doesn’t, it’s all about TCA and TCO: the way you buy infrastructure (storage in this case), provision, access and manage it.

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