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Virtual Instruments – Realizing Full Value of Your EMC Storage Deployments

One request I never hear from IT professionals is give me more tools. They are inundated with tools from every vendor in their environment. Every component in the data center generates data about how it’s operating. The problem is none

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Primary Data adds NFS services to VSAN

Primary Data Briefing Note VSAN customers now have access to file sharing services for their VMs with new functionality from Primary Data. As mentioned in a previous post, VMware is marketing VSAN as a hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) product; install VMware

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VMware Feeling the HCI Pinch

Read between the lines of VMware’s latest VSAN announcement and you can learn a few things. The first thing I see is that VMware is definitely feeling the pinch — or at the very least worried they will feel the

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vSphere tackles the Hyperconverged Infrastructure World: VMware VSAN 6.2

VMware is releasing VSAN 6.2, the third major release of VSAN since its introduction in August of 2014. (Like other VMware companion products, the release number is tied to the vSphere release number it is associated with.) This release gives

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The Top 5 StorageSwiss Articles for 2014

This is it, the final entry of the year for Storage Switzerland and where we announce the top 5 articles for 2014. But before we do, we want to wish all our readers a safe New Year’s Eve and a

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Memory Bus Flash delivers vSAN Performance Acceleration

Software defined storage solutions like vSAN are gaining increased attention. But vSAN systems can only support one flash device. The challenge is one flash device may not be enough to handle all the I/O throughput from multiple applications. In this

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Nexenta explains the economics behind Software-Defined Storage

Nexenta is a software-only, software-defined storage (SDS) solution that enables users to create storage systems with the x86-based hardware of their choice and disk or flash-based arrays, with support recently added for all-flash arrays. Based on the ZFS file system,

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Does Flash make everything in VMware Better?

Bacon makes everything taste better – at least for a lot of folks. At VMworld we met up with Micron, the flash manufacturers who are calling themselves “VMware’s bacon”. Their point is that flash makes everything in a virtual server

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Server-Side, Converged Storage vs. Shared Storage

As I discussed at a recent event and covered in one of our top-read articles, “How Will Storage Controller Technology Evolve in 2014?“, this may be a year of significant change in the way we architect storage. There are three

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OnApp Scale Out SAN For The Cloud

Scale It As They Come Building a cloud infrastructure capable of meeting the varied performance, availability and resiliency demands of a vast customer base is daunting for even the most seasoned data center professionals. And yet, this is precisely what

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