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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

Astute Networks' Appliance Eliminates Virtual Machine I/O Performance Barriers...


  • Premiered: 09/11/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Astute Networks Press
Topic(s): TBA Astute Networks TBA VM TBA IO TBA Virtual Server TBA virtual desktop TBA VDI

Are Your Critical Business Services Protected?

In many ways, Information Technology (IT) has become the centerpiece of business operations across the globe.  This dynamic is both an opportunity and a threat to IT organizations.  On one hand, IT has a very important seat at the table as businesses decide where to invest or deploy new offerings and services.  On the other hand, IT organizations now become responsible for ensuring that these business services, and the data that drives them, are always available.

To ensure availability, IT must have a comprehensive business continuity plan in place, especially for critical operations that the business requires.   However, business critical services are no longer just a matter of managing a single application or workload running on a solitary server.  Instead, business critical services are often sets of interwoven components made up of multiple physical and virtual servers that depend upon one another.    Seldom does a business critical application stand alone, or act with complete independence from other systems in the data center. 

This complexity introduces challenges and compromises that the business is little prepared to understand or recognize.  Often, when it comes to business continuity, issues are not recognized until it is too late.  Many systems may have had a more manageable approach to continuity in the physical world.  Now, with the agility characteristics that virtualization introduces, viewing, controlling and protecting the complete business service, especially when that service is made up of multiple physical and virtual components becomes a larger challenge.  Considering the intersection of the business critical applications that run on physical and virtual infrastructure, IT needs a better capability for viewing and protecting the entire service being delivered to a business. 

In this solution brief, we’ll look at what a Business Service is comprised of, and the challenges and options for business continuity across disparate physical and virtual infrastructure.

Publish date: 04/12/13

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

What's the Cost to Your Business of Not Using Flash Storage?

Flash delivers speedy, versatile storage that enables game-changing application performance.

  • Premiered: 10/20/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: BizTech Magazine
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA Flash TBA Storage TBA SSD TBA HDD TBA Performance TBA NetApp TBA High Performance TBA Low latency TBA Nutanix TBA Virtualization TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA convergence TBA hybrid flash TBA Hybrid Array TBA EMC TBA XtremeIO TBA Deduplication TBA VDI TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA PCIe TBA Big Data TBA Virtual Server

StorTrends Intros All-Flash Storage Arrays

Atlanta-based StorTrends has released two new storage devices that feature all-flash storage area network (SAN) arrays.

  • Premiered: 03/16/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Campus Technology
Topic(s): TBA StorTrends TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA All Flash TBA SAN TBA Storage TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Backup TBA Virtual Server TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Arun Taneja TBA Performance TBA High Performance