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Riverbed Optimization for the Cloud – Weaving together the connectivity behind the hybrid cloud

There’s little doubt today that the concept of cloud is an irresistible force that is altering the landscape upon which IT systems are built and integrated. The fact is, the cloud is already here in data centers today, as the footprint of IT has rapidly changed and is quickly becoming a mix of services drawn from both public and private clouds. Whether it is by a small degree, or a large degree, the potential of using many of this first generation of Internet-scattered, public cloud services has opportunistically drawn in many users, even within the most stoic and unchangeable of institutions. In this Solution Brief, we’ll examine how one vendor – Riverbed – is turning their technology to the integration of these cloud services with the traditional infrastructure; an area where they are particularly enabled to deliver with their rich history of optimizing connectivity and capabilities across systems scattered around the globe.

Publish date: 07/25/11
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The Rise of the Programmable Data Center

A "programmable" data center could allow IT administrators to more holistically manage servers, storage, and networking components.

  • Premiered: 08/06/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: SlashDot.org
Topic(s): TBA Data Center TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Servers TBA Mike Matchett
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InfiniBand networking for storage and converged data centers

InfiniBand networking has expanded from its high-performance computing roots to take on emerging, more mainstream use cases in today's enterprise data center.

  • Premiered: 10/29/12
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA InfiniBand TBA Jeff Byrne TBA Data Center TBA high-performance computing TBA HPC TBA Networking TBA Storage
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HP the innovation company has resurfaced, and they have a message for you: hardware still matters.

I recently had the chance at VMware PEX to spend some extended in-depth time with HP in a bootcamp session intended for their field and channel. I've blogged a bit already on a couple of observations stemming from this, but there is at least one other observation to be had.

  • Premiered: 03/01/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Cloud Virtualization HP VMWare convergence hyperconvergence Networking Storage Compute Management
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What are they hiding?

When vendors aren't willing, or act genuinely funny, about having their solution tested, what do you think?

  • Premiered: 08/29/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): Technology Validation Testing Lab Performance Useability Storage Virtualization Compute Networking SSD
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Five Takeaways from VMworld 2013

VMworld 2013 was the biggest yet, but as in prior years, technology stole the show.

  • Premiered: 09/04/13
  • Author: Jeff Byrne
Topic(s): VMWare VMWorld Storage Networking SDDC
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A Sneak Attack on Big Data Center Makers

Nutanix is among a small group of companies, including SimpliVity and Scale Computing, that in the past two years have lured smaller businesses away from traditional data centers with promises of big savings.

  • Premiered: 12/05/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Bloomberg Businessweek
Topic(s): TBA SimpliVity TBA Scale Computing TBA processing TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Compute TBA Data Center TBA Nutanix TBA HP TBA EMC TBA EBay TBA Facebook TBA Arun Taneja
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Networking Challenges to the Distributed Enterprise

Networking has always posed vexing challenges for the enterprise, even in the old days when entire data environments were confined on-site infrastructure. Now, with the front office looking to integrate branch offices, colocation providers, partners, suppliers and even customers under a unified, cloud-based infrastructure, the distributed enterprise is creating entirely new levels of network complexity.

  • Premiered: 12/06/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Enterprise Networking Planet
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA SDN TBA Software-Defined Networking TBA Virtualization TBA Cloud TBA Backup TBA distributed enterprise TBA distributed infrastructure
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Riverbed Announces SteelFusion 3.0, the First Branch Converged Infrastructure that Centralizes Data

SteelFusion radically improves branch economics by fusing servers, storage, virtualization and networking into a single solution speeding provisioning by up to 30x and recovery by up to 96x

  • Premiered: 04/15/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: WSJ - MarketWatch
Topic(s): TBA Riverbed TBA SteelFusion TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA convergence TBA Data Center TBA Data Recovery TBA Backup TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Virtualization TBA Server Virtualization TBA SAN TBA NetApp TBA EMC
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Hyper-converged infrastructure starts to offer greater choice

A hyper-converged infrastructure tightly integrates storage, compute, networking and server virtualization resources in the same box, and now products are starting to offer more points of differentiation. Arun Taneja, founder and consulting analyst at Taneja Group in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, surveyed the hyper-converged product landscape in this podcast interview. He explained the distinction between hyper-converged and converged systems, updated the list of products that meet his definition of hyper-convergence, discussed the latest choices users will find for hypervisors and hardware, and offered his predictions on the direction hyper-converged storage products could take.

  • Premiered: 06/02/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA hyper convergence TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA Compute TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Server Virtualization TBA Virtualization TBA WAN Optimization TBA SimpliVity TBA Nutanix TBA Scale Computing TBA VMWare TBA VSAN TBA LUN
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In the Cloud Era, The Era of Convergence Is Upon Us

The era of IT infrastructure convergence is upon us. Every major vendor has some type of offering under this category. Startups and smaller players are also "talking" convergence. But what exactly is convergence and why are all the vendors so interested in getting included in this category? We will explain below the history of convergence, what it is, what it is not, what benefits accrue from such systems, who the players are, and who is leading the pack in true convergence.

  • Premiered: 06/10/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA Virtualization Review TBA Virtualization TBA IT infrastructure TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA convergence TBA Networking TBA HDD TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Hybrid Array TBA Hybrid TBA Cloud Computing TBA Cloud Storage TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA Hadoop TBA Storage Virtualization TBA Compression TBA RTO TBA RPO TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA Remote Office TBA ROBO TBA Compute TBA hyperconvergence TBA Server Virtualization
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Ready or not, converged infrastructure systems are here

Converged infrastructures assemble components from multiple IT domains into one integrated system by combining virtualization, storage, networking and compute. A management framework is also included that allows orchestration of the entire infrastructure so that each constituent technology doesn't have to be managed separately. But from that set of basic parameters, the individual flavors vary significantly, and those different flavors are well worth a closer look.

  • Premiered: 07/08/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Jeff Boles TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA Networking TBA Compute TBA Virtualization TBA VCE TBA VMWare TBA Cisco TBA EMC TBA Scale Computing TBA SimpliVity TBA Storage TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA Data Center TBA Cloud TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Deduplication TBA Data Deduplication TBA convergence TBA Nutanix TBA hyper convergence
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Five VM-Level Infrastructure Adaptations

It used to be that IT struggled to intimately understand every app in order to provide the right supporting infrastructure. Today, server virtualization makes the job much easier, because IT can now just cater to VMs. By working and communicating at the VM level, both app owners and infrastructure admins stay focused, using a common API to help ensure apps are hosted effectively and IT runs efficiently.

  • Premiered: 07/21/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA Infrastructure TBA Server Virtualization TBA API TBA VMWare TBA Virtual SAN Appliance TBA VSAN TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VVOL TBA LUN TBA Backup TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA convergence TBA hyperconvergence TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA HP TBA IBM TBA VCE TBA SimpliVity TBA Scale Computing TBA Nutanix TBA server TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Cloud TBA Tintri TBA Mike Matchett
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Why a storage reference architecture matters in software-defined IT

Software-defined and hyper-converged storage don't eliminate the need for vendor reference architectures.

  • Premiered: 12/11/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA software-defined TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA reference architectures TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA EMC TBA VNX TBA replication TBA DataCore TBA SAN TBA SANsymphony TBA convergence TBA Virtualization TBA Storage TBA Server Virtualization TBA Data protection TBA DP TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Networking TBA Compute TBA Data Deduplication TBA flexibility
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When private clouds reach compute capacity, consider cloud bursting

Cloud bursting may have received some hype for its potential in the enterprise, but there are a few factors you should consider before bursting to the public cloud.

  • Premiered: 12/19/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA cloud bursting TBA Arun Taneja TBA TechTarget TBA Storage TBA Public Cloud TBA Data Center TBA Private Cloud TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Server Virtualization TBA Virtualization TBA Networking TBA Security TBA Unitrends TBA Amazon AWS TBA AWS TBA Amazon TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA Azure
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The hyper-converged infrastructure bandwagon picks up speed

Hyper-converged systems are quickly gaining attention -- and sales -- because they offer many advantages over traditional storage products.

  • Premiered: 02/12/15
  • Author: Jeff Kato
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Jeff Kato TBA TechTarget TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyper-convergence TBA Data Center TBA Compute TBA Networking TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA Deduplication TBA WAN Optimization TBA WANO TBA Compression TBA Storage Virtualization TBA Data protection TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Nutanix TBA Scale Computing TBA SimpliVity TBA VMWare TBA EVO:RAIL TBA Dell TBA HP TBA DataCore TBA StoreVirtual VSA TBA VSA TBA Gridstore TBA Maxta
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InfiniBand Updates Specs Preparing for 10000 Node Exascale Clusters

We've long been fans of InfiniBand, watching as new generations of enterprise class scale-out clusters and storage solutions learn from the HPC world how to achieve really high-speed interconnection. InfiniBand itself may never win the popular market race against Ethernet, but newer generations of Ethernet are looking more and more like InfiniBand. And parts of the IB world, namely RDMA and RoCE, have swept into datacenters almost unaware (e.g. look under the hood of SMB 3.0).

  • Premiered: 03/10/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
Topic(s): InfiniBand IBTA Exascale Networking HPC RoCE RDMA
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Idealstor launches hyper-converged box for SMBs, focuses on price

The backup vendor is the latest to enter the hyper-converged storage market with a two-node, low-cost system.

  • Premiered: 05/27/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Idealstor TBA SMB TBA hyper-converged TBA Storage TBA Backup TBA Compute TBA Networking TBA HCS TBA HDD TBA Virtual storage TBA VSA TBA virtual storage appliance TBA Hypervisor TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA Jeff Kato
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Integrate cloud tiering with on-premises storage

Cloud and on-premises storage are increasingly becoming integrated so cloud is just another tier available to storage administrators.

  • Premiered: 06/02/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA Storage TBA Mike Matchett TBA Public Cloud TBA elasticity TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Performance TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Cloud Storage TBA EFSS TBA Amazon EBS TBA AWS TBA Amazon Web Services TBA Amazon TBA EFS TBA Elastic Block Storage TBA Block Storage TBA Elastic File Store TBA SoftNAS TBA API TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA OpenStack TBA Maxta TBA Nexenta TBA Qumulo TBA Tarmin TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization
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HP hyper-converged product upgraded, EVO:RAIL dropped

HP launches new ConvergedSystem 250-HC StoreVirtual appliances, as hyper-convergence strategy shifts to one product.

  • Premiered: 08/07/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA HP TBA hyper convergence TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyper-converged TBA hyperconverged TBA StoreVirtual TBA VSA TBA EVO:RAIL TBA VMWare TBA ConvergedSystem TBA HP ConvergedSystem TBA OneView TBA Compute TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Virtualization TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA 3PAR TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA KVM TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA Helion TBA CloudSystem TBA Hybrid TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Cloud