The Storage Requirements for 100% Virtualization

Post by George Crump (thank you)

After a rapid move from test to production, virtualization of existing servers in many companies seems to slow down. While it is true that most data centers have adopted a virtualize first philosophy, getting those older, mission critical workloads virtualized seems to be a thorny issue. These applications are often at the heart of an organization’s revenue or customer interaction and tend to be unpredictable in the resources they require. This is especially true when it comes to storage and networking.

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The paradigm shift in enterprise computing 10 years from now.

Good post by Erwin van Londen (thank you)

The way businesses arrange their IT infrastructure is based based upon 3 things: Compute, Networks and Storage. Two of these have had a remarkable shift in the way they operate over the last decade. The keyword here was virtualization. Both Compute and Networking have been torn apart and put together in a totally different way we were used to from the 70 to the early 2000’s.

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Docker: What do Storage Pros need to know?

Good post by George Crump (thank you)

Docker was created to solve the problems that organizations face when they implement server virtualization on a wide scale; overhead and inefficiency. These challenges occur because virtualization is a sledgehammer to the problem it was designed to solve; allow multiple applications to run simultaneously on the same physical hardware in such a way that if one application fails the rest of the applications are not impacted. This is the real goal of virtualization, isolation of applications so that a misbehaving application does not impact another application or its resources.

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Is a Copy a Backup?

Good post by W.Curtis Preston (thank you)

Are we breaking backup in a new way by fixing it?  That’s the thought I had while interviewing Bryce Hein from Quantum. It made me think about a blog post I wrote four years ago asking whether or not snapshots and replication could be considered a backup.  The interview is an interesting one and the blog post has a lot of good points, along with quite a bit of banter in the comments section.
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Data Protection: All Starts with an Architecture

Post by Edward Haletky (thank you)

At The Virtualization Practice, we have systems running in the cloud as well as on-premises. We run a 100% virtualized environment, with plenty of data protection, backup, and recovery options. These are all stitched together using one architecture: an architecture developed through painful personal experiences. We just had an interesting failure—nothing catastrophic, but it could have been, without the proper mindset and architecture around data protection. Data protection these days does not just mean backup and recovery, but also prevention and redundancy.

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2014: Validation of Hyper Convergence – 2015 Hyper Converged Goes Mainstream

Good post by Gabriel Chapman (thank you)

Looking back on 2014 I saw it as  the year that Hyper Convergence  has come into its own as a legitimate data center technology. It’s rare that I don’t run into a customer in my day to day discussions that is not evaluating one of the current Hyper Converged vendors, or looking to adopt or develop a strategy for how Hyper Converged can become part of their IT infrastructure to some extent.

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Overcoming challenges when integrating Disk Backup Appliances with Veeam

Post by George Crump (thank you)

There is a new breed of backup applications that is gaining acceptance in data centers of all sizes, including the enterprise: VM Specific Backup Applications. These solutions were designed from the ground up, with virtualization in mind and they do their best to fully exploit the virtual environment. According to Storage Switzerland’s research, this new category of products, led by Veeam, represent the fastest growing segment of the data protection market. The challenge facing IT designers is making sure the rest of the environment can take full advantage of the capabilities of these new software solutions.

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HP XP7 Active-Active High Availability Solution ChalkTalk

The HP XP7 Storage was introduced earlier in 2014 and now gets a very cool enhancement: Active-Active HA uses XP7 multi-array virtualization to allow active active access to virtual LUNS across two XP7 arrays. Learn more in this ChalkTalk from HPStorageGuy Calvin Zito.

Low expectations yield disappointing technology ideas

Good Post by Jon Toigo (thank you)

Warmed-over or half-baked technology ideas might produce profits for the vendors that manufacture them, but they won’t solve storage puzzles.

Maybe it’s a sign of the times: the earnings reports of leading storage array vendors are in the tank, product announcements tend to be humdrum “incremental releases,” and unemployed smart guys are contacting me to ask if I know of any job opportunities. Makes you wonder if the Great Recession is really over.

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Peak-y NAS?

Post by Martin Glassborow (thank you) – Have a look at the Comments also.

So it seems that IBM have finally decided to stop reselling NetApp filers and focus on their own products; I’m also waiting for the inevitable announcement that they will stop selling the rebadged Engenio products as well as there is fairly large cross-over there.

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