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SimpliVity prepares 'hyper-converged' OmniCube

SimpliVity Corp. came out of stealth today, promising an integrated stack of storage, compute and networking in 2U appliances that can be managed through VMware's vCenter console.

  • Premiered: 08/20/12
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchVirtualStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA SimpliVity TBA OmniCube TBA convergence TBA VMWare TBA vCenter TBA Arun Taneja
Profiles/Reports

Increasing Virtualization Velocity with NetApp OnCommand Balance

Why do so many virtualization implementations stall out when it comes to mission-critical applications? Why do so many important applications still run on dedicated hardware? In one word – performance. Virtualization technologies have proven incredibly powerful in helping IT deliver agile “idealized” services, and doing so by efficiently sharing expensive physical resources. But mission-critical applications bring above-average requirements for performance service quality that can greatly challenge virtualized hosting.

Maintaining good performance (as well as availability, et.al.) requires solid systems management. Hypervisor management solutions like VMware’s vCenter Operations Management Suite provide a significant advantage to virtualization administrators by centralizing and simplifying many traditionally disparate management tasks, including fundamental performance monitoring for system health and component utilization. Yet when it comes to assuring performance for mission-critical applications like transactional databases and email – the kinds of apps that depend heavily on multiple IT domains of resources – straight hypervisor-centric solutions can fall short. Solving complex cross-domain performance issues like resource contention, virtual-physical competition, and assuring sufficient “good performance” headroom can require both deeper and wider analysis capabilities.

In this paper we’ll first review a high-level management perspective of performance and capacity to explore what it takes to support mission-critical application performance service levels. We’ll examine the management strengths of the most well known hypervisor management solution – VMware’s vCenter Operations Suite - to understand the scope and limitations of its performance and capacity management capabilities. Next, we will look at how the uniquely cross-domain (storage and server, virtual and physical) model-based performance management capabilities of NetApp’s OnCommand Balance complements a solution like vCenter Operations. The resulting combination helps the virtualization admin and/or storage admin become more proactive and ultimately elevate performance management enough to reliably virtualize mission-critical applications.
 

Publish date: 10/29/12
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Jeff Boles from Taneja Validates Symantec Business Continuity for VMware Environments

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Speakers:

Jeff Boles, Sr. Analyst
Mike Reynolds, Sr. Product Marketing Manager

Summary:

Symantec is the only vendor that can solve the application awareness problem for high availability and disaster recovery in virtual environments without compromising native VMware tools such as vMotion, Site Recovery Manager (SRM) and Dynamic Resource Scheduler (DRS). This webcast featuring Jeff Boles from the Taneja Group, will discuss the hidden availability challenges for virtualized data centers, and discuss the best-in-class approach to building a high availability virtual infrastructure for today's business critical applications.

Symantec's unique business continuity solution for VMware environments will help you virtualize business critical applications by:

Recovering applications without a virtual machine reboot
Integrating with native VMware tools including vMotion, DRS, SRM and vCenter
Failing over from physical to virtual machines or vice versa
Reducing downtime for planned maintenance
Learn how Symantec will keep your applications protected and highly available.

Register to view the recording.

  • Premiered: 03/21/13 at OnDemand
  • Location: OnDemand
  • Speaker(s): Jeff Boles
  • Sponsor(s): Symantec
Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Symantec Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Jeff Boles Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMWare Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Virtualization Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VM Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): high availability Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): DR Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Disaster Recovery Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): VMotion Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Site Recovery Manager Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): SRM Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): Dynamic Resource Scheduler Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): DRS Topic(s): TBA Topic(s): vCenter
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Hyperconvergence tackles storage and server strain

The simplicity of all-in-one data center offerings makes hyperconvergence popular with smaller businesses. After spending more than a decade selling IT shops on the benefits of separate server and storage environments, IT infrastructure vendors are starting to take a different tack, bundling servers and storage -- and in some cases, networking -- into Lego-like modules. The big plus is, they scale for capacity and performance, and they're managed as a single system.

  • Premiered: 05/20/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA hyper convergence TBA Storage TBA Data Center TBA scalability TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA vCenter TBA VCE TBA vBlock TBA NetApp TBA FlexPod TBA Nutanix TBA SimpliVity TBA Scale Computing TBA SAN TBA VMWare TBA OmniCube
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Internet of Things data will boost storage

IT departments can benefit from storage vendors eavesdropping on their arrays to help them curb the amount of Internet of Things data inundating their storage shops.

  • Premiered: 06/09/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Mike Matchett TBA IoT TBA Internet of Things TBA Big Data TBA data sensor TBA Storage TBA Splunk TBA VMWare TBA vCenter TBA Log Insight TBA Automation TBA Glassbeam
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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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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
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Quick and Easy vCenter Metrics With ESXtopNGC Plugin

A guide to installing and using this indespensible -- and free -- tool.

  • Premiered: 12/01/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA ESX TBA vCenter TBA VMWare TBA Storage TBA Virtualization
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Breaking Down vSphere 6

Analyst Tom Fenton says the flagship VMware product has a host of upgrades that should please admins.

  • Premiered: 02/02/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA VDI TBA VVOL TBA SDS TBA software defined TBA software-defined TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA VMDK TBA LUN TBA Hypervisor TBA VMotion TBA vCenter TBA ESXi TBA vCPU TBA cloning TBA instant clone
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A Quick Peek Into VMware Integrated OpenStack

VMware has added a lot of value to the open source, private cloud platform.

  • Premiered: 02/03/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA OpenStack TBA Private Cloud TBA Cloud TBA Storage TBA VIO TBA vSphere TBA vRealize TBA vCenter TBA high availability TBA HP TBA Red Hat TBA IBM TBA Datacenter TBA Data Center
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How To Create VMware Virtual Volumes

VVOLs, as they're known, could revolutionize your datacenter. Learn how they work and how to set them up.

  • Premiered: 02/26/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VMware Virtual Volumes TBA VMware VVOLs TBA VVOLs TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA LUN TBA API TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA SAN TBA NAS TBA Array TBA storage container TBA vCenter TBA Dell TBA NexGen TBA ESXi TBA Hitachi TBA HDS TBA NetApp
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vSphere 6 Now Available

The latest version of the VMware Inc. flagship product, vSphere 6, is available as of today. It's the first major update of vSphere since version 5.5, which came out about three years ago.

  • Premiered: 03/12/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA VMWare TBA Virtualization TBA VM TBA Tom Fenton TBA VMware VVOLs TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA Storage TBA high availability TBA HA TBA Hypervisor TBA VM-aware TBA vCenter TBA Fault Tolerance TBA vCPU
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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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Infinidat comes out of stealth with PB-scale InfiniBox, funding grab

Moshe Yanai's newest venture launches its InfiniBox hyperscale storage array and says it already has close to 100 customers.

  • Premiered: 04/29/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Infinidat TBA InfiniBox TBA hyperscale TBA Storage TBA Block Storage TBA Fibre Channel TBA FC TBA iSCSI TBA NAS TBA OpenStack TBA Amazon TBA S3 TBA RAM TBA Dell TBA VMWare TBA vCenter TBA replication TBA remote replication TBA Snapshots TBA Thin Provisioning TBA analytics TBA application performance TBA Arun Taneja
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HP ConvergedSystem: Solution Positioning for HP ConvergedSystem Hyper-Converged Products

Converged infrastructure systems – the integration of compute, networking, and storage - have rapidly become the preferred foundational building block adopted by businesses of all shapes and sizes. The success of these systems has been driven by an insatiable desire to make IT simpler, faster, and more efficient. IT can no longer afford the effort and time to custom build their infrastructure from best of breed D-I-Y components. Purpose built converged infrastructure systems have been optimized for the most common IT workloads like Private Cloud, Big Data, Virtualization, Database and Desktop Virtualization (VDI).

Traditionally these converged infrastructure systems have been built using a three-tier architecture; where compute, networking and storage, integrated at the rack level gave businesses the flexibility to cover the widest range of solution workload requirements while still using well-known infrastructure components. Emerging onto the scene recently has been a more modular approach to convergence using what we term Hyper-Convergence. With hyper-convergence, the three-tier architecture has been collapsed into a single system appliance that is purpose-built for virtualization with hypervisor, compute, and storage with advanced data services all integrated into an x86 industry-standard building block.

In this paper we will examine the ideal solution environments where Hyper-Converged products have flourished. We will then give practical guidance on solution positioning for HP’s latest ConvergedSystem Hyper-Converged product offerings.

Publish date: 05/07/15
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NexGen Storage Unveils Industry’s First NVMe Ready VM-level Quality of Service to Guarantee Virtual

NexGen Storage today announced its new Quality of Service (QoS) Manager for vCenter Server 6 and new VM-level QoS, the industry’s first and only VM-level QoS designed for VMware Virtual Volumes and PCIe Flash.

  • Premiered: 06/30/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Business Wire
Topic(s): TBA NexGen TBA Storage TBA NVMe TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA QoS TBA Performance TBA vCenter TBA VMWare TBA PCIe TBA Arun Taneja TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VVOL
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In the Cloud Era, The Era of Convergence Is Upon Us

What exactly is convergence and what is making vendors scramble to get included in this category?

  • Premiered: 06/10/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA IT infrastructure TBA convergence TBA Storage TBA HDD TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Storage Virtualization TBA Virtualization TBA Cloud TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Hybrid Array TBA Hybrid TBA Backup TBA Hadoop TBA Cloud Storage TBA Hybrid Cloud Storage TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Capacity TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA RTO TBA RPO TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyperconverged TBA VCE TBA VMWare TBA Cisco TBA EMC
Profiles/Reports

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
Profiles/Reports

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
Profiles/Reports

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