Items Tagged: Server+Virtualization
IBM Makes the V-word Respectable Again - Opinion
The word “virtualization” came into vogue a few years ago with the usual fanfare, hype and the expectation that it would solve all the horrendous storage management problems the industry was facing. Virtualization was to be the cure for all ills.
MaXXan ships MVX320 - Company Profile
MaXXan this month became the first vendor to actually GA an intelligent director class product. While the architecture is sound and the product has most of the required features for such a product, and the use of standard OTS network processors, rather than custom designed ASICs gives them the ability to upgrade and ship faster than others, MaXXan finds itself in a very interesting position.
McData Acquires Sanera Nishan - Opinion
On August 25, 2003, McData announced its intentions to acquire Nishan Systems for $83M in cash (plus $2M in debt) and Sanera for $102M in cash. McData also announced that they have invested $6M in Aarohi Communications, a storage networking chip vendor.
Server Blades - Technology In Depth
Blade servers are a next generation, modular computing architecture aimed at driving operational efficiencies by reducing overall management and physical data center costs. The first generation of blades, geared towards edgeapplications, promised to deliver savings through their ultra-dense, low power consumption design.
Cloverleaf Intelligent Storage Networking System - Product Profile
Over the course of 2003, the concept of placing “intelligent” storage management in the heart of the networked fabric has shifted from longstanding industry pipedream into deployed reality. On the end user side, this long-awaited reality is driven largely by an unprecedented requirement to get control over heterogeneous environments and budget-busting management inefficiencies.
Cloverleaf Delivers Muscle To Storage Integrators - Opinion
Though it may hurt the brain to contemplate, the mission-critical design requirements of the enterprise storage integrator exceed those of the individual enterprise data center by several magnitudes. The reason is simple: With dozens or hundreds of customer environments at any given time, economic success depends on bullet-proofing all aspects of the storage architecture against random acts of unreliability.
Candera: Storage Tiers and ATA - Technology Brief
Taneja Group sees many end users deploying multiple classes of storage devices, or “storage tiers” in order to increase the economies and overall utilization of their storage environment. In most of these cases, we see users leveraging lower costs ATA and serial ATA (SATA) arrays alongside more expensive fibre-channel storage fabrics.
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.
As the virtual infrastructure storms onto the scene, what has been a major stumbling block in the past for operations management is now becoming a crushing blow.
EMC Invista: The Power of Network-Based Virtualization - Technology in Depth
There was a time when virtualization was one of the dirty words in the storage industry. Who can forget the enormous expectations around virtualization that existed several years ago? That hype only fizzled, and the broken promise of virtualization left many storage managers disappointed.
Due in large part to its growing deployment on servers, virtualization is now affecting all major resources and functions in the data center.
QLogic Buys Troika - Opinion
On October 19, 2005 QLogic announced its intention to buy Troika Networks for $36.5M. Based on the calls we have received thus far it is apparent that vendors and users alike are wondering why QLogic did this and what the implications are for users long term. Here is how we see it.
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.
IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller 4.1 - Solution Profile
Storage virtualization has come a long way in the past five years. After a false start in 2001, fraught with inflated expectations and product deficiencies, the category fell into infamy. Several vendors disappeared, many others repositioned themselves to focus on the Small Medium Business (SMB) space and yet others reinvented themselves with completely different products. Only one company stayed true to the promise of virtualization from the very beginning. That is IBM. With the SAN Volume Controller (SVC) product, launched in July, 2003, the company nurtured the market, in spite of the fact that many in the market didn’t even want to say the V-word anymore. IBM persisted, albeit mostly with their own customers, fundamentally because the customer could see the potential of storage virtualization and could count on IBM to support them through the early learning cycles.
Emulex 765-S: High Performance SPAID-based Storage Virtualization at a Disruptive Price Pt - Profile
This spring, Emulex announced availability of the Model 765-S Intelligent Services Platform. We believe that the Emulex 765-S Intelligent Services Platform has the potential to be quite disruptive to the pricing environment for storage virtualization products. Traditionally, most storage virtualization products have had high-end price points, limiting their adoption to core data centers and the largest of enterprises. When paired with LSI’s StoreAge SVM software, the platform represents a full-fledged split-path storage virtualization solution with excellent performance.
Earlier this month, Cisco and EMC, along with VMware announced the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) Coalition.
My colleague Jeff Boles and I recently attended the first EqualLogic User Conference in Dallas.
David Marshall and I weigh in on what the Citrix-McAfee virtualization security announcement means.
Of all the news in VMware's vSphere-related announcements this week, the one item that may have the biggest long-term customer impact is VMware's move to per-VM licensing for vCenter management products.
Dave Marshall and I have been talking about the current stall in virtualization uptake and how we can break through to the next wave of virtualization over at InfoWorld.