Do We Need 25 GbE & 50 GbE?
Efforts to bring 25 GbE and 50 GbE to market are underway. Is there a strong case for these non-IEEE solutions? For cloud service providers, there is.
Data Backup: Beyond Band-Aids
With the deluge of data, organizations need to focus their data protection efforts on comprehensive data footprint reduction, not just deploying technologies like deduplication.
Switched Networks Vs. Dedicated Links
Direct links run much faster than traditional switched networks. Using software-defined networking with dedicated links can help in the quest for storage bandwidth.
Features such as instance storage are taking the virtual out of virtualization. The performance gains are tremendous, but the techniques open cloud security risks.
Waiting For VMware VVOLs
VMware's Virtual Volumes functionality would help solve storage management problems in virtualized environments. But, like Vladmir and Estragon endlessly waiting for Godot, we're still waiting for VVOLs.
Will Ethernet Take Over The Spinning Disk?
With its open Ethernet drive architecture, Western Digital's HGST subsidiary joins Seagate's Kinetic drives in using an Ethernet port to access an object store on the disk.
Cloud Storage: Pick The Best Option
Looking for cloud storage for personal or business use? This guide compares four of the most popular and relevant cloud storage options available today.
Hard Disk: Not Dead Yet
Even with the arrival of flash storage, don't count out the venerable hard disk. Disk still offers a lot of advantages.
Speeding Up Storage Networks
With SSDs pushing the limits of networks, it's time to consider how compression and deduplication could help speed storage traffic.
VMware vSphere Storage APIs: A Guide
Get clarity on features in vSphere 5.5 that improve storage performance through storage array integration, storage awareness, and clientless guest backup and recovery.
IT Is A Quantum World
System administrators need to take a quantum mechanical view when weighing the probability of new failure modes that come with new technologies such as deduplication.
Windows Storage Gets Flashy
A partnership with Violin Memory to meld Windows Storage Server into an all-flash array boosts Microsoft's storage play.
The Fall Of The Storage Tiers
With drives and storage appliances rapidly evolving, traditional tiered storage classifications are no longer useful in the enterprise. We need a new system for classifying storage devices based on usage.
Sorting Through Storage Industry Hype
Vendors are pushing new storage technologies, such as software-defined storage and new types of NAND flash storage, while users try to make sense of a fast-changing storage landscape.
VMware's VSAN Benchmarks: Under The Hood
VMware touted flashy numbers in recently published performance benchmarks, but a closer examination of its VSAN testing shows why customers shouldn't expect the same results with their real-world applications.
All-Flash Arrays: The VDI Solution?
The huge performance provided by all-flash arrays is a boon for virtual desktop infrastructure, but don't be fooled by unrealistic calculations.
Is RAID Fading Into The Sunset?
With the arrival of faster networks and SSDs, RAID can no longer keep up. Data protection alternatives such as replication and erasure codes are gaining traction.
Best of Interop 2014 Product Award Winners
The Best of Interop Awards recognize innovative hardware and software that represent technological advancement in a specific category. The Interop judging team poured through 129 submissions in nine categories, including networking, mobility, and security. This year we chose to mix this up a little by creating a separate storage category and adding a whole new SDN category. Awards were also presented for Grand Award winner, Best Startup, and Audience Choice. See who took home the prize this year
Interop: Find The Fun
Attending a technology conference can be hard work, but Interop is making fun an integral part of the agenda.
Understanding VMware VAAI Offloads And Unloads
In the short time that VAAI has allowed storage administrators to offload tasks from servers to storage arrays in virtualized data centers, the functionality has evolved to produce arrays that eliminate most I/O.
3 Survival Tips For Women In IT
The technology industry -- especially the networking field -- can be an awfully isolating place for a woman. I offer three ways to cope.
What Is Storage QoS?
Storage QoS ensures specific performance levels for applications and workloads. Will it push datacenters to 100% virtualization?
Real-World Advice On SDN Migration
Enterprises considering SDN can heed real-world advice and deployment architectures from three organizations with successful network migrations.