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VM-aware, hyper-converged storage to make room for more hypervisors

So far the "VM" in VM-aware storage stands more for VMware than for virtual machine. Most vendors in this market develop their systems for VMware vSphere, the dominant hypervisor on the market.

  • Premiered: 03/29/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA hypervisors TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA hyperconvergence TBA Tintri TBA SimpliVity TBA Nutanix TBA Virtualization TBA VM TBA Scale Computing TBA Jeff Byrne
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EMC World 2013: EMC ViPR has vendor on software-defined storage route

EMC World 2013 opened today with the launch of EMC ViPR, the company's software-defined storage technology that combines storage virtualization and cloud management.

  • Premiered: 05/06/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage Virtualization TBA Virtualization TBA Cloud Management TBA Virtual Appliance TBA Amazon S3 TBA OpenStack TBA EMC TBA EMC Atmos TBA VMware vSphere TBA VMWare TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Multi-tenancy TBA metering
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VMware vSOM: Stepping Stone to Software-defined Data Center?

Where does VMware's vSOM (short for vSphere with Operations Management) fit in the virtualization company's software-defined data center strategy? And what's the upside for channel partners? The VAR Guy goes searching for answers.

  • Premiered: 05/03/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: thevarguy.com
Topic(s): TBA Virtualization TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA Data Center TBA Software Defined Data Center
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Big Virtualization: VMware is Virtualizing Hadoop

VMware today announced advancements that will allow vSphere to manage Hadoop clusters.

  • Premiered: 06/26/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: NetworkWorld.com
Topic(s): TBA Hadoop TBA VMWare TBA vSphere TBA VMware vSphere TBA Big Data TBA Virtualization
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Don't Miss These VMworld 2013 Sessions

With 358 sessions, time is money. Here are five sessions where your time will be well spent.

  • Premiered: 07/01/13
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA VMWorld TBA VMworld 2013 TBA VDI TBA PCoiP TBA Virtualization TBA SDN TBA Network Virtualization TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA ITaaS TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Hadoop
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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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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
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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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5 Ways vSphere 6 Will Change the Datacenter

vSphere 6 has more than 650 new features. Here are five of the ones that have the ability to transform your environment.

  • Premiered: 02/20/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA vSphere TBA VMware vSphere TBA Tom Fenton TBA vSphere 6 TBA Datacenter TBA VVOL TBA Virtualization TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA vGPU TBA virtual desktop
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Making your Virtual Infrastructure Non-Stop: Making availability efficient with Symantec products

All businesses have a core set of applications and services that are critical to their ongoing operation and growth. They are the lifeblood of a business. Many of these applications and services are run in virtual machines (VM), as over the last decade virtualization has become the de facto standard in the datacenter for the deployment of applications and services. Some applications and services are classified as business critical. These business critical applications require a higher level of resilience and protection to minimize the impact on a business’s operation if they become inoperable.

The ability to quickly recover from an application outage has become imperative in today’s datacenter. There are various methods that offer different levels of protection to maintain application uptime. These methods range from minimizing the downtime at the application level to virtual machine (VM) recovery to physical system recovery. Prior to virtualization, mechanisms were in place to protect physical systems and were based on having secondary hardware and redundant storage systems. However, as noted above, today most systems have been virtualized. The market leader in virtualization, VMware, recognized the importance of availability early on and created business continuity features in vSphere such as vMotion, Storage vMotion, vSphere Replication, vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM), vSphere High Availability (HA) and vSphere Fault Tolerance (FT). These features have indeed increased the uptime of applications in the enterprise, yet they are oriented toward protecting the VM. The challenge, as many enterprises have discovered, is that protecting the VM alone does not guarantee uptime for applications and services. Detecting and remediating VM failure falls short of what is truly vital, detecting and remediating application and service failures.

With application and service availability in mind, companies such as Symantec have come in to provide availability and resiliency for them. Focusing on improving how VMware can deliver application availability, Symantec has developed a set of solutions to meet the high availability and disaster recovery requirements of business critical applications. These solutions include Symantec ApplicationHA (developed in partnership with VMware) and Symantec Cluster Server powered by Veritas (VCS). Both of these products have been enhanced to work in a VMware-based virtual infrastructure environment.

Publish date: 04/13/15
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VMware Virtual Volumes and their Impact on the Datacenter

Join us for the first in a series of fast-paced and informative 60-minute webinars, as we discuss with VMware one of the hottest topics in the datacenter: VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVol). VVol is the industry's first solution to enable native virtual machine-awareness across a broad range of SAN/NAS arrays. VVol is packaged as a feature in nearly all VMware vSphere Editions and is being embraced by storage partners at an unprecedented rate. IT professionals, especially those involved in datacenter operations, are showing great interest in implementing VVol in their own environments. 

This moderated session features Juan Novella and Ken Werneburg, VVol experts from VMware, who will discuss VVol technology, the rapidly expanding ecosystem, and the impact this game-changing capability will have in the datacenter. Attendees will be encouraged to submit their questions during the session.

Panelists:
Juan Novella, Product Marketing Manager – Storage; VMware
Ken Werneburg, Senior Architect - Technical Marketing; VMware

  • Premiered: 04/30/15
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Tom Fenton, Taneja Group; Juan Novella, VMware; Ken Werneburg, VMware
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMWare Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VVOL Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMware VVOLs Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): SAN Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): NAS Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Storage Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): vSphere Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMware vSphere Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Datacenter Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Virtual Machine Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VM Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Tom Fenton
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What are protocol endpoints in vSphere VVOLs and how do they work?

VMware's new VVOLs feature allows storage functionality to be distributed on a per-VM basis. Protocol endpoints are integral to proper allocation.

  • Premiered: 04/28/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA VMWare TBA vSphere TBA VMware vSphere TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VVOLs TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA ESXi TBA LUN TBA SAN TBA NAS TBA multipathing
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What storage problems can vSphere Virtual Volumes solve?

VSphere VVOLs allow virtual administrators to self-provision a pool of storage as they see fit.

  • Premiered: 04/28/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Tom Fenton TBA vSphere TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VMware Virtual Volumes TBA Storage TBA virtual administrator TBA Virtualization TBA Data Center TBA NFS TBA Fibre Channel TBA FC TBA iSCSI TBA Ethernet TBA LUN TBA SPBM TBA Storage Policy Based Management TBA Snapshots TBA cloning TBA replication TBA QoS TBA VM-centric
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What do I need to know about implementing vSphere VVOLs?

VSphere VVOLs are making a splash in the storage market. Taneja Group expert Tom Fenton answers questions regarding updates to firmware and software.

  • Premiered: 04/30/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VMware Virtual Volumes TBA vSphere 6 TBA HP TBA IBM TBA NEC TBA SANBlaze TBA VMFS TBA NAS TBA SAN TBA Storage
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How can storage arrays take advantage of vSphere VVOLs?

Virtual Volumes allow storage features to be provisioned to VMs, but the available feature set depends on the hardware.

  • Premiered: 05/21/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VMware VVOLs TBA VMware Virtual Volumes TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VVOLs TBA Tom Fenton TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA vSphere TBA VMware vSphere TBA Storage TBA Dell TBA EqualLogic TBA RAID TBA Snapshots TBA Performance
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DP Designed for Flash - Better Together: HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage and StoreOnce System

Flash technology has burst on the IT scene within the past few years with a vengeance. Initially seen simply as a replacement for HDDs, flash now is triggering IT and business to rethink a lot of practices that have been well established for decades. One of those is data protection. Do you protect data the same way when it is sitting on flash as you did when HDDs ruled the day? How do you take into account that at raw cost/capacity levels, flash is still more expensive than HDDs?  Do data deduplication and compression technologies change how you work with flash? Does the fact that flash technology is injected most often to alleviate severe application performance issues require you to rethink how you should protect, manage, and move this data?

These questions apply across the board when flash is injected into storage arrays but even more so when you consider all-flash arrays (AFAs), which are often associated with the most mission-critical applications an enterprise possesses. The expectations for application service levels and data protection recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) are vastly different in these environments. Given this, are existing data protection tools adequate? Or is there a better way to utilize these expensive assets and yet achieve far superior results? The short answer is yes to both.

In this Opinion piece we will focus on answering these questions broadly through the data protection lens. We will then look at a specific case of how data protection can be designed with flash in mind by considering the combination of flash-optimized HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HPE StoreOnce System backup appliances, and HPE Recovery Management Central (RMC) software. These elements combine to produce an exceptional solution that meets the stringent application service requirements and data protection RTOs and RPOs that one finds in flash storage environments while keeping costs in check.

Publish date: 06/06/16
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Making Your Virtual Infrastructure Non-Stop with Veritas Products

All businesses have a core set of applications and services that are critical to their ongoing operation and growth. They are the lifeblood of a business. Many of these applications and services are run in virtual machines (VM), as over the last decade virtualization has become the de facto standard in the datacenter for the deployment of applications and services. Some applications and services are classified as business critical. These business critical applications require a higher level of resilience and protection to minimize the impact on a business’s operation if they become inoperable.

The ability to quickly recover from an application outage has become imperative in today’s datacenter. There are various methods that offer different levels of protection to maintain application uptime. These methods range from minimizing the downtime at the application level to virtual machine (VM) recovery to physical system recovery. Prior to virtualization, mechanisms were in place to protect physical systems and were based on having secondary hardware and redundant storage systems. However, as noted above, today most systems have been virtualized. The market leader in virtualization, VMware, recognized the importance of availability early on and created business continuity features in vSphere such as vMotion, Storage vMotion, vSphere Replication, vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM), vSphere High Availability (HA) and vSphere Fault Tolerance (FT). These features have indeed increased the uptime of applications in the enterprise, yet they are oriented toward protecting the VM. The challenge, as many enterprises have discovered, is that protecting the VM alone does not guarantee uptime for applications and services. Detecting and remediating VM failure falls short of what is truly vital, detecting and remediating application and service failures.

With application and service availability in mind, companies such as Veritas have come in to provide availability and resiliency for them. Focusing on improving how VMware can deliver application availability, Veritas Technologies LLC. has developed a set of solutions to meet the high availability and disaster recovery requirements of business critical applications. These solutions include Veritas ApplicationHA (developed in partnership with VMware) and Veritas InfoScale Availability (formerly Veritas Cluster Server). Both of these products have been enhanced to work in a VMware-based virtual infrastructure environment.

Publish date: 09/04/15
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Unitrends Release 9.0 Beta Sets New Industry Standard for the User Experience

Unitrends, a leader in enterprise-level cloud recovery, today announced Release 9.0 Beta, the data protection software powering its physical and virtual backup appliances as well as Unitrends Cloud.

  • Premiered: 08/21/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: SYS-CON Media
Topic(s): TBA Unitrends TBA Cloud TBA Data protection TBA Virtualization TBA Unitrends Cloud TBA Backup TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA file recovery TBA Recovery TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA Jim Whalen TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA RPO TBA RTO
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Free Report - Better Together: HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and StoreOnce System Opinion

Flash technology has burst on the IT scene within the past few years with a vengeance. Initially seen simply as a replacement for HDDs, flash now is triggering IT and business to rethink a lot of practices that have been well established for decades. One of those is data protection. Do you protect data the same way when it is sitting on flash as you did when HDDs ruled the day? How do you take into account that at raw cost/capacity levels, flash is still more expensive than HDDs?  Do data deduplication and compression technologies change how you work with flash? Does the fact that flash technology is injected most often to alleviate severe application performance issues require you to rethink how you should protect, manage, and move this data?

These questions apply across the board when flash is injected into storage arrays but even more so when you consider all-flash arrays (AFAs), which are often associated with the most mission-critical applications an enterprise possesses. The expectations for application service levels and data protection recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) are vastly different in these environments. Given this, are existing data protection tools adequate? Or is there a better way to utilize these expensive assets and yet achieve far superior results? The short answer is yes to both.

In this Opinion piece we will focus on answering these questions broadly through the data protection lens. We will then look at a specific case of how data protection can be designed with flash in mind by considering the combination of flash-optimized HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP StoreOnce System backup appliances, and HP StoreOnce Recovery Management Central (RMC) software. These elements combine to produce an exceptional solution that meets the stringent application service requirements and data protection RTOs and RPOs that one finds in flash storage environments while keeping costs in check.

Publish date: 09/25/15
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VMware vSphere 6 release good news for storage admins

VMware's vSphere 6 release shows that the vendor is aiming for a completely software-defined data center with a fully virtualized infrastructure.

  • Premiered: 10/05/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA software-defined TBA Software-Defined Data Center TBA SDDC TBA Virtualization TBA virtualized infrastructure TBA VSAN TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VMotion TBA high availability TBA Security TBA scalability TBA Data protection TBA replication TBA VMware PEX TBA Fault Tolerance TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA Provisioning TBA Storage Management TBA SLA TBA 3D Flash TBA FT TBA vCPU TBA CPU