Taneja Group | Hypervisor
Join Newsletter
Forgot
password?
Register
Trusted Business Advisors, Expert Technology Analysts

Items Tagged: Hypervisor

Profiles/Reports

EMC Acquires VMWare - Opinion

On December 15th, EMC announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire VMWare, a privately held software company based in Palo Alto, California, for $635M in cash. The deal represents EMC’s third, major software purchase in less than six months, the previous two being Legato and Documentum.

 

Publish date: 03/01/04
Profiles/Reports

VMware VI 3

Server virtualization, as the name implies, has been categorized by the industry as a largely server-related phenomenon. However, Taneja Group sees this as short sighted. Server virtualization and the infrastructure transformation it begets to a virtualized, consolidated, centrally-managed infrastructure has far reaching ramifications to the areas of data protection, disaster recovery, and high availability.

Publish date: 07/01/06
news

Open source hypervisors on VMware shops’ radars

Hypervisors based on open source code will get new consideration from users in the next 12 months, according to the results of SearchServerVirtualization.com's 2011 Virtualization Decisions survey.

  • Premiered: 10/12/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchServerVirtualization.com
Topic(s): TBA Hypervisor TBA VMWare
news

Virtualization management in 2012: All about multi-hypervisor

Heterogeneous hypervisor support and more comprehensive offerings will be mandatory as the virtualization management industry consolidates in 2012, according to IT pros and experts.

  • Premiered: 01/04/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchServerVirtualization
Topic(s): TBA Hypervisor TBA Virtualization TBA multi-hypervisor
news / Blog

SanDisk: Unique Flash Integration with VMware

SanDisk is the first major vendor to break-through the challenges of integrating flash with the hypervisor without disrupting the way the administrator manages virtual servers or virtual server storage.

  • Premiered: 08/15/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): SanDisk FlashSoft Flash VM VMWare Hypervisor
Profiles/Reports

Dell AppAssure 5: Unified Platform for Business Resiliency

Backup applications with large user bases have been vendor cash cows because their customers are reluctant to change such deeply embedded products. As long as the backup worked, it was out of sight and out of mind.
But the field is rapidly changing.

The push to virtualize applications saw traditional backup foundering. Traditional backup in the virtual arena suffered from heavy operational overhead on server, application host, network, and storage levels. The growing amount of VMs and virtualized data had a serious impact on storage resources. For example, each VMDK file represented an entire VM file system image, typically at least 2GB in size. File sizes led to issues for bandwidth, monitoring, and storage resources.

In response, some vendors developed innovative virtual backup products. They made virtual backup much more resource-efficient and easily manageable. Increased performance shrank backup window requirements, provided effective RPO and RTO, simplified the backup process and improved recovery integrity.  These tools changed the virtual data protection landscape for the better.

However, many of these startups offered limited solutions that only supported a single type of hypervisor and several physical machines. This left virtual and physical networks essentially siloed – not to mention the problem of multiple point products creating even more silos within both environments. Managing cross-domain data protection using a variety of point products became inefficient and costly for IT.

Traditional backup makers also scrambled to add virtualization backup support and succeeded to a point, but only a point. Their backup code base was written well before the mass appearance of the cloud and virtualization, and retrofitting existing applications only went so far to provide scalability and integration. There was also the inability to solve a problem that has plagued IT since the early days of backup tape – restore assurance. It has always been risky to find out after the fact that the backup you depended on is not usable for recovery. With data sets doubling every 18 months, the risk of data loss has significantly risen.

More modern backup solves some of these problems but causes new ones. Modern backup offers automated scheduling, manual operations, policy setting, multiple types of backup targets, replication schemes, application optimization, and more. These are useful features but they are also costly and resource-hungry: roughly 30% of storage costs go to IT operations alone. Another problem with these new features is their complexity. It is difficult to optimize and monitor the data protection environment, leading to a conservative estimate of about 20% failure in backup or recovery jobs. 

In addition, most data protection products offer average-to-poor awareness and integration into their backup tape and disk targets. This results in difficulty in setting and testing Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) for business applications. The last thing that IT wants is to cripple application recovery, but it is challenging to set meaningful RTO and RPO settings across multiple environments and applications, and extremely difficult to test them.
Even newer VM backup products are inadequate for modern enterprise data centers with physical and virtual layers running critical applications. Combine this with complex and mixed IT environments and it presents a very serious challenge for IT professionals charged with protecting data and application productivity.

What we are seeing now is next generation data protection that protects both virtual and physical environments in one flexible platform. Dell AppAssure is a leading pioneer in this promising field. AppAssure is rewriting the data protection book from limited point products to a highly agile data center protection platform with continual backup, instantaneous restore, backup assurance and a host of additional benefits.
 

Publish date: 06/27/13
news

How Delicate is Your Virtual Egg Basket?

Some have said there is nothing new under the sun, that it all comes around in circles. We think server virtualization has taken us to places we've never been before, but there is some truth to that old adage about having seen it all before.

  • Premiered: 07/15/13
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Virtualization TBA Cloud TBA Storage TBA Server Virtualization TBA Big Data TBA Data protection TBA Backup TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA Data Center TBA Hypervisor TBA VMWare TBA VMWare vCloud TBA Cisco TBA Juniper TBA McAfee TBA Symantec TBA software-defined TBA HyTrust TBA Private Cloud TBA private data center TBA performance optimization
news

Virtualizing Hadoop Impacts Big Data Storage

Hadoop is soon coming to enterprise IT in a big way. VMware’s new vSphere Big Data Extensions (BDE) commercializes its open source Project Serengeti to make it dead easy for enterprise admins to spin and up down virtual Hadoop clusters at will.

  • Premiered: 07/17/13
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Enterprise Storage Forum
Topic(s): TBA Virtualization TBA VMWare TBA Hadoop TBA Project Serengeti TBA vSphere TBA Big Data TBA NAS TBA SAN TBA DAS TBA HDFS TBA HVE TBA Apache TBA scale-out TBA Hypervisor TBA EMC World 2013 TBA EMC World TBA virtualizing Hadoop TBA Project Savannah TBA OpenStack TBA KVM
news

QLogic Enhances Integration for Fibre Channel in VMware vSphere 5.5

Industry Leader in Fibre Channel Adapters and Caching SAN Adapters Introduces VMware Native Driver Support and New Web-Based Version of QLogic QConvergeConsole Plug-in for VMware vCenter Server.

  • Premiered: 08/26/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: The Wall Street Journal
Topic(s): TBA VMworld 2013 TBA VMWorld TBA Qlogic TBA Fibre Channel TBA vSphere TBA VMWare TBA FabricCache TBA SAN TBA Hypervisor
news

15 years of virtualization - what's next for VMware

VMware announces the next steps in turning virtualization into a cloud solution

  • Premiered: 08/27/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Radar
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA Hypervisor TBA Software-Defined Networking TBA Hybrid Cloud
news

What does the next big thing in technology mean for the data center?

There are plenty of technologies touted as the next big thing. Big data, flash, high-performance computing, in-memory processing, NoSQL, virtualization, convergence, software-defined whatever all represent wild new forces that could bring real disruption but big opportunities to your local data center.

  • Premiered: 03/19/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA data TBA Data Center TBA Big Data TBA Storage TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA HPC TBA High Performance Computing TBA NoSQL TBA Virtualization TBA convergence TBA software-defined TBA Hadoop TBA scale-out TBA Apache TBA analytics TBA scalability TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA hyper convergence TBA Platform as a Service TBA PaaS TBA Hypervisor TBA Hybrid
Profiles/Reports

Fibre Channel: The Proven and Reliable Workhorse for Enterprise Storage Networks

Mission-critical assets such as virtualized and database applications demand a proven enterprise storage protocol to meet their performance and reliability needs. Fibre Channel has long filled that need for most customers, and for good reason. Unlike competing protocols, Fibre Channel was specifically designed for storage networking, and engineered to deliver high levels of reliability and availability as well as consistent and predictable performance for enterprise applications. As a result, Fibre Channel has been the most widely used enterprise protocol for many years.

But with the widespread deployment of 10GbE technology, some customers have explored the use of other block protocols, such as iSCSI and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), or file protocols such as NAS. Others have looked to Infiniband, which is now being touted as a storage networking solution. In marketing the strengths of these protocols, vendors often promote feeds and speeds, such as raw line rates, as a key advantage for storage networking. However, as we’ll see, there is much more to storage networking than raw speed.

It turns out that on an enterprise buyer’s scorecard, raw speed doesn’t even make the cut as an evaluation criteria. Instead, decision makers focus on factors such as a solution’s demonstrated reliability, latency, and track record in supporting Tier 1 applications. When it comes to these requirements, no other protocol can measure up to the inherent strengths of Fibre Channel in enterprise storage environments.

Despite its long, successful track record, Fibre Channel does not always get the attention and visibility that other protocols receive. While it may not be winning the media wars, Fibre Channel offers customers a clear and compelling value proposition as a storage networking solution. Looking ahead, Fibre Channel also presents an enticing technology roadmap, even as it continues to meet the storage needs of today’s most critical business applications.

In this paper, we’ll begin by looking at the key requirements customers should look for in a commercial storage protocol. We’ll then examine the technology capabilities and advantages of Fibre Channel relative to other protocols, and discuss how those translate to business benefits. Since not all vendor implementations are created equal, we’ll call out the solution set of one vendor – QLogic – as we discuss each of the requirements, highlighting it as an example of a Fibre Channel offering that goes well beyond the norm.

Publish date: 02/28/14
news

Working with VMware's Virtual SAN

Here are five tips that will help make your experience with VMware vSAN more productive.

  • Premiered: 08/12/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN Appliance TBA Storage TBA Tom Fenton TBA HDD TBA vCenter TBA vSphere TBA vCops TBA Hypervisor TBA converged storage TBA convergence
news

Siloing stifles data center growth

It's time to knock down those silos, one by one. IT is transforming from a siloed set of reactive cost centers into a service provider with a focus on helping the business compete.

  • Premiered: 09/16/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Data Center TBA tech target TBA Mike Matchett TBA Virtualization TBA HP TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA VSA TBA IT infrastructure TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA convergence TBA Hypervisor TBA VCE TBA Dell TBA IBM TBA hyper convergence TBA software defined infrastructure TBA Maxta TBA Hybrid
news

Explaining Virtualization to Your Mom in 5 Easy Steps

She may not get it, but you'll have a great time anyway.

  • Premiered: 10/08/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA Tom Fenton TBA Hypervisor
Profiles/Reports

Scale Computing HC3 And VMware Virtual SAN Hyperconverged Solutions - Head to Head

Scale Computing was an early proponent of hyperconverged appliances and is one of the innovators in this marketplace. Since the release of Scale Computing’s first hyperconverged appliance, many others have come to embrace the elegance of having storage and compute functionality combined on a single server. Even the virtualization juggernaut VMware has seen the benefits of abstracting, pooling, and running storage and compute on shared commodity hardware. VMware’s current hyperconverged storage initiative, VMware Virtual SAN, seems to be gaining traction in the marketplace. We thought it would be an interesting exercise to compare and contrast Scale Computing’s hyperconverged appliance to a hyperconverged solution built around VMware Virtual SAN. Before we delve into this exercise, however, let’s go over a little background history on the topic.

Taneja Group defines hyperconvergence as the integration of multiple previously separate IT domains into one system in order to serve up an entire IT infrastructure from a single device or system. This means that hyperconverged systems contain all IT infrastructure—networking, compute and storage—while promising to preserve the adaptability of the best traditional IT approaches. Such capability implies an architecture built for seamless and easy scaling over time, in a "grow as needed” fashion.

Scale Computing got its start with scale-out storage appliances and has since morphed these into a hyperconverged appliance—HC3. HC3 was the natural evolution of its well-regarded line of scale-out storage appliances, which includes both a hypervisor and a virtual infrastructure manager. HC3’s strong suit is its ease of use and affordability. The product has seen tremendous growth and now has over 900 deployments.

VMware got its start with compute virtualization software and is by far the largest virtualization company in the world. VMware has always been a software company, and takes pride in its hardware agnosticism. VMware’s first attempt to combine shared direct-attached storage (DAS) storage and compute on the same server resulted in a product called “VMware vSphere Storage Appliance” (VSA), which was released in June of 2011. VSA had many limitations and didn’t seem to gain traction in the marketplace and reached its end of availability (EOA) in June of 2014. VMware’s second attempt, VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN), which was announced at VMworld in 2013, shows a lot of promise and seems to be gaining acceptance, with over 300 paying customers using the product. We will be comparing VMware Virtual SAN to Scale Computing’s hyperconverged appliance, HC3, in this paper.

Here we have two companies: Scale Computing, which has transformed from an early innovator in scale-out storage to a company that provides a hyperconverged appliance; and VMware, which was an early innovator in compute virtualization and since has transformed into a company that provides the software needed to create build-your-own hyperconverged systems. We looked deeply into both systems (HC3 and VSAN) and walked both through a series of exercises to see how they compare. We aimed this review at what we consider a sweet spot for these products: small to medium-sized enterprises with limited dedicated IT staff and a limited budget. After spending time with these two solutions, and probing various facets of them, we came up with some strong conclusions about their ability to provide an affordable, easy to use, scalable solution for this market.

The observations we have made for both products are based on hands-on testing both in our lab and on-site at Scale Computing’s facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. Although we talk about performance in general terms, we do not, and you should not, construe this to be a benchmarking test. We have, in good faith, verified all conclusions made around any timing issues. Moreover, the numbers that we are using are generalities that we believe are widely known and accepted in the virtualization community.

Publish date: 10/01/14
news

HP adds StoreVirtual, EVO: RAIL hyper-converged appliances

HP rolled out three hyper-converged appliances aimed at the SMB market, including a box that conforms to VMware EVO: RAIL specs.

  • Premiered: 10/16/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA HP TBA VMWare TBA EVO:RAIL TBA StoreVirtual TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA ConvergedSystem TBA vSphere TBA Hypervisor TBA Virtual SAN TBA VSAN TBA Storage TBA scale-out TBA Virtualization TBA hybrid storage TBA High Performance TBA HPC TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA Arun Taneja
news

5 Tips for Working with the Scale Computing HC3 Hyperconvergence Appliance

Is this all-in-one virtualization box a good choice for an SMB?

  • Premiered: 10/28/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Scale Computing TBA HC3 TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA KVM TBA Hypervisor TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA Performance TBA converged TBA convergence TBA Datacenter TBA Infrastructure TBA Infrastructure Performance
news

Use storage system features to granularly manage virtual machines

Arun Taneja explains the importance of managing storage granularly and which vendors are meeting the demand for VM-level visibility.

  • Premiered: 11/18/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA LUN TBA SAN TBA replication TBA Hypervisor TBA VMWare TBA VVOL TBA QoS TBA NexGen TBA Fusion-IO TBA Gridstore TBA Maxta TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence
news

5 Ways to Clear Out IOP Bottlenecks

A look at three explicit indicators and two manual tests you can perform to know if your multipath driver is causing problems to your array's capabilities.

  • Premiered: 11/18/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Tom Fenton TBA Virtualization TBA Virtualization Review TBA EMC TBA PowerPath TBA ESXi TBA XtremeIO TBA Brocade TBA IOPS TBA ESX TBA Hypervisor TBA AFA TBA All Flash TBA all flash array TBA Datacenter