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Content posted in March 2013
Whiptail Breaks Vendor Lock-in On Storage Replication
Commentary  |  3/29/2013  | 
Replication between data centers typically required customers to buy two of the same storage arrays from a vendor. Storage company Whiptail has added heterogeneous replication to its array, which lets customers use Whiptail and any other system.
DIY Storage: Why I Built My Own SAN
Commentary  |  3/29/2013  | 
I built my own SAN to meet some storage needs at my job. In a series of posts I’ll cover the reasons why, how I did it, and the hardware and software I used.
As The PayPal Vs. VMware Story Turns
Commentary  |  3/29/2013  | 
PayPal is adopting OpenStack for its cloud infrastructure, but it's not necessarily dumping VMware for virtualization infrastructure. Here are some conclusions from this saga.
Meeting The MSP/CSP Storage Challenge
Commentary  |  3/28/2013  | 
As customers push for more storage and hosting solutions, managed and cloud service providers are turning to a software-defined approach to purchasing resources. Here's how it works.
In IT, Everything Old Is New Again
Commentary  |  3/27/2013  | 
Software-defined storage? Old news. Non-volatile memory? Same deal. Rogue business units that get around IT with a credit card and outside resources? I was doing it long before SaaS showed up.
IBM Pulse 2013: Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  3/27/2013  | 
Three compelling themes emerged from IBM’s annual gathering: the continued diffusion of the data center, the need for open cloud standards and the rise of data-driven IT intelligence.
False Disk Drive Failures Are a Real Problem
Commentary  |  3/26/2013  | 
New information shows disk drives report false failures with alarming frequency. False failures have real costs for data center operators. Here’s what the industry can do about it.
Drive Form-Factor SSDs Make A Comeback
Commentary  |  3/26/2013  | 
Looking to improve server-side performance in your enterprise? Recent advances suggest it might be time to give drive form-factor SSDs another look.
How APIs Transform Data Center Management
Commentary  |  3/26/2013  | 
APIs are helping to usher in new mechanisms for making data center management more automated and scalable. They’re also key to network virtualization and private clouds.
Unpatched Remote Access Tools: Your Gift To Attackers
Commentary  |  3/22/2013  | 
Three-year old "TeamSpy" espionage campaign should be a wake-up call. Lock down your remote-access tools, or else.
CommVault Simpana 10 Drills Into Information Management
Commentary  |  3/21/2013  | 
CommVault Simpana 10 extends customers' ability to use stored data for applications such as search, e-discovery and healthcare data management.
VMware Vs. Amazon? Try VMware Vs. OpenStack
Commentary  |  3/20/2013  | 
Does VMware want to be a big player in Amazon's public cloud territory, or is the new vCloud service a defensive move to counter an OpenStack insurgency? I say the latter.
Can Ruckus, San Jose Revive Municipal Wi-Fi?
Commentary  |  3/19/2013  | 
San Jose's downtown is newly awash in Wi-Fi from Ruckus Wireless. But is a catchy slogan and established technology enough to triumph in the failure-prone municipal wireless space?
Harvest The Benefits Of Storage Virtualization
Commentary  |  3/19/2013  | 
IT departments that do not enthusiastically embrace storage virtualization are essentially wasting money.
Vidyo Rethinks Enterprise Video Conferencing
Commentary  |  3/18/2013  | 
Vidyo provides enterprises with a software alternative to proprietary, and often expensive, video conferencing systems.
VMware's NSX End Game Is Hybrid Clouds
Commentary  |  3/15/2013  | 
NSX, VMware's data center network virtualization platform, is really about public and hybrid clouds, where VMware has plans for growth. Here's why.
Storage Vendors, Flash Manufacturers, Buy Into Startups
Commentary  |  3/15/2013  | 
Storage startups are getting interest—and money—from storage vendors and flash manufacturers. But investment doesn’t always mean the promise of viability.
Schneider Electric Targets Data Center Lifecycle
Commentary  |  3/14/2013  | 
Schneider Electric has launched a new business unit and consulting business that aims to improve data center energy efficiency by better integrating design, construction and operations.
How Server-Side Storage Memory Impacts VDI Costs
Commentary  |  3/14/2013  | 
Server-side storage memory can provide a cost-effective solution to VDI projects if you overcome challenges in mobility and data protection. Here's how.
Symantec 4.0: A New Strategy
Commentary  |  3/13/2013  | 
Symantec has announced a new initiative, Symantec 4.0, that will revise both its product and corporate strategies. We'll look at what it means for the company and its customers.
GE Targets Data Centers With New Business Unit
Commentary  |  3/12/2013  | 
GE has launched a new business unit called Critical Power that combines products and services for industries such as data centers and telco providers that require reliable, efficient electrical systems.
BYOD Security: Do You Really Need MDM?
Commentary  |  3/11/2013  | 
IT is being stampeded into adopting MDM to protect mobile devices. But it's not a silver bullet, and it may be overkill for many needs where conventional wireless network security best practices will suffice.
Mersive Cuts Wires for Projection Systems
Commentary  |  3/7/2013  | 
Mersive's Solstice software lets mobile devices connect wirelessly to projection systems and flat screens, eliminating the need for cords and adapters in conference rooms and campuses. But we're still a ways away from ubiquitous connectivity.
EMC Amps Up Flash Product Line
Commentary  |  3/6/2013  | 
EMC announced new high-performance PCIe SSDs to extend its range of flash drives, and said its all-flash array, XtremIO, is now available for customers. The company also rebranded its server-side caching software.
Don't Trade High Availability for Flash Performance
Commentary  |  3/5/2013  | 
The rise of SSDs has also resurrected the single-controller architecture--along with its single point of failure. IT shouldn't gamble on high availability just for flash's amped-up performance.
Aerohive Launches Cloud-Managed Switches
Commentary  |  3/5/2013  | 
Aerohive Networks widens the field of cloud-managed switching, which has largely been ruled by Meraki. Aerohive's three new switches unify both wired and wireless network access.
Why Flash Storage Excels In Virtual Environments
Commentary  |  3/4/2013  | 
All-flash systems do more than replace a lot of hard drives. They let you create extremely dense virtual server environments that eliminate physical server hosts.
Next-Generation Firewalls 101
Commentary  |  3/1/2013  | 
Next-generation firewalls combine application awareness and deep packet inspection to give companies more control over applications while also detecting and blocking malicious threats.


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