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Is it Time to Upgrade VMware Storage?

It is no secret that one of the most difficult challenges with virtualization is managing the storage where VMs reside. The problem starts with the fact that VMware has historically known very little about the storage VMs are using. This

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Can Scale-Up Storage be Scaled-Out?

Is it possible to scale-out your scale-up storage solution even though it wasn’t built to do that? The only question is how you’re going to scale it out. Most methods of scaling (both out and up) add to complexity. So

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Flash Memory Summit Video – Overcoming Flash Confusion

At the Flash Memory Summit IT professionals have no shortage of options when it comes to implementing flash. There are all-flash arrays, hybrid arrays, server side flash, and memory. The challenge is understanding which type of flash should be used

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Today’s Data must be Mobile

Data mobility was once the stuff of dreams – but no more. The days of data a user creates, manages, and eventually deletes living all in one place are no more. Data management applications that acknowledge this are the new

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Aligning Data Demands to Storage Supply

Today’s applications have varying storage needs, including performance, protection, and long term retention. In a perfect world, you would store data on the storage system that best meets each of these needs. But the real world delivers a lot of

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Curing Storage Blindness

As modern organizations struggle to keep up with the ever-growing data deluge, they have been forced to deploy and overprovision different types of storage in order to meet their Service Level Agreements (SLA), leading to unprecedented storage sprawl. Storage consolidation

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What does your data need?

Have you ever needed to get somewhere really quickly? Consider the things that go through your mind. This parallels how storage management is typically done in today’s data centers. But we could do better. For example, what if you lived

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What’s the Next Big Thing in Storage After Flash?

Flash storage is fundamentally changing the data center. It is allowing databases to meet the demands of users and virtual infrastructures to achieve new levels of virtual machine (VM) density. But what comes next after flash? Is it another advancement

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The Road to Data Mobility – Consolidation, Storage Virtualization or Data Virtualization?

Storage consolidation is a lost cause. Why? The reason is that both the storage hardware and the use cases for that hardware are too different from each other. I outlined the problems in detail in my blog The Need for

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