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A Review of Horizon View 5.3 Limits and Maximums

Giving continuity to my Horizon View Limits and Maximums series (VMware View 4.0 | VMware View 5.0 | Horizon View 5.2) I am now releasing an updated version for Horizon View 5.3. As an administrator or architect you should always ensure your designs are within the product’s Maximums and Limits in order to be entitled to VMware Support. […]

VMware: Virtual SAN & Disk Groups

I had a number of questions and queries on VSAN over the past week at VMworld 2013 in Europe. Many of these questions related to the role of disk groups. I will try to answer a number of them in this post. The first question is what purpose do disk groups serve? Disk groups may […]

Virtual SAN & support for VMware Horizon View Desktops

We had an interesting announcement here at VMworld EMEA yesterday, where the audience was told that Horizon View version 5.3 will support and have interoperability with Virtual SAN (VSAN). This was a timely announcement as our performance engineering team just released some very impressive VDI numbers using VMware’s new Virtual SAN storage system and View […]

Why Infrastructure Is Converging

Converged infrastructure is hot! In September alone, Cisco purchased Whiptail to “accelerate Cisco …momentum in converged infrastructure,” VMware announced VSAN, VCE unveiled “true” converged infrastructure, and Nutanix won Best of VMworld – Gold for the 3rd year in a row. But what exactly is converged infrastructure, and why is its importance escalating? Convergence Defined The […]

Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform compared to VMware VSAN 1.0

This post is part of a series of posting on the VMworld 2013 announcements. See this post for an overview of what has been announced. At VMworld 2013 VMware announced a new product named Virtual SAN or VSAN. VSAN allows to create a distributed storage out of local storage. VSAN is an additional solution in […]

What’s New in VMware vSphere 5.5 Storage

As with any vSphere launch, there are a bunch of new storage related features announced. This year a little different as there are some considerable updates which I wanted to share with you. Virtual SAN (VSAN) vSphere Flash Read Cache 62TB VMDKs and vRDMs 16Gbit FC E2E Support Microsoft Cluster Services Enhancements PDL AutoRemove VAAI […]

Virtual SANs: Scale Out’s Next Iteration

Storage system design often seems as if it’s stuck in the Big Iron era of mainframes, a consolidated world of enormous, expensive machines managed by a high priesthood of experts. Yet as computing has become virtualized and democratized, with distributed systems knitted into self-service clouds where every developer can create his own dedicated sandbox, mainframes have […]

PHD Virtual’s FREE Utilities

PHD Virtual have had several free utilities for some time now but i thought I would shine a light on them as they are very useful! VirtualSAN Virtual SAN appliance for VMware ESX 3 Server provides the benefits of shared VMFS storage without the cost of a SAN. Utilizing otherwise unused local storage in the […]

Set up your first Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Host

Now that Windows Server 2012 is the current release of Windows server, you may decide that your next Microsoft virtualization host is going to run the latest version of Hyper-V. The article covers what may be familiar territory for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V administrators-the basic setup of a single virtualization host. There are a few […]

QLogic’s Frees SSDs from Server Slavery with Mt. Rainier

Qlogic’s Mt. Rainier connects multiple server-based SSDs into what amounts to a virtual SAN, freeing them from single-application dominance to provide very high-speed, aggregated storage capacity across the data center, says Ryan Klein, senior director at the Fibre Channel and Ethernet switch, adapter, and chip provider. He and Cameron Brett, QLogic’s director of solutions marketing, […]

VMware Distributed Storage and VDI

In today’s market we are seeing a clear change in storage architectures and the drivers for change are new technologies such as SSD/Flash and new applications, which have different requirements from the storage subsystem. Some of the storage architectures that we are seeing in the market are the traditional ones such as SAN/NAS, gateways to […]

DataCore Software and n|Frame to Speak at Upcoming Indianapolis VMware User Group Conference – Companies to Cover Data Center Virtualization and Cloud IT

DataCore Software, the industry’s premier provider of storage virtualization software, today highlighted its presence at the upcoming VMware User Group (VMUG) in Indianapolis. The event takes place Thursday, July 28, 2011, at the Indiana Convention Center. DataCore is a Gold Sponsor at the Indianapolis VMUG User Conference and will host a speaking session titled “Storage […]

New Microsoft Case Study Details How DataCore Storage Virtualization Software and Hyper-V Combine to Enable Cloud Service Provider AcXess to Save Millions

Today at Microsoft Management Summit 2011 in Las Vegas, DataCore Software, the industry’s premier provider of storage virtualization software, announced that cloud services provider AcXess is using DataCore’s SANsymphony™ software to create a dynamic, resilient virtual storage infrastructure that cost-effectively supports the company’s Microsoft® Hyper-V™ server virtualization environment and its business model. AcXess has built […]

SANpulse Launches SANatomy for Comprehensive Assessment of SAN-Based Storage Infrastructures

Paving the path to the next generation data center through people, process and technology, SANpulse Technologies, Inc. today announced SANatomy™ software for information-driven report automation that provides comprehensive storage infrastructure analysis for physical and virtual environments. SANatomy delivers structured reporting on SAN-based storage infrastructures, enabling ongoing operational validation and delivering information necessary to speed storage […]

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