Category Archives: Best Practices

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How Flash Changes Enterprise Storage

Flash-based solid-state drives (SSD) have no moving parts, are more reliable, have faster read times, and offer consistent IO performance (latency) during high utilization, compared to traditional hard drives. Most of us have seen the most immediate impact of SSD … Continue reading

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Storage Admins Evolve

Storage administrators are changing and evolving. Will you be left behind? Find out what’s changing and what you can do to prevent becoming obsolete.

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Introduction to vSphere Storage

In my last two articles, I covered NFS configuration and troubleshooting (see Connecting vSphere to NFS the Easy Way and vSphere NFS Troubleshooting Basics) but before I delve back into more advanced topics, I’d like to take a step back … Continue reading

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When is it cheaper to use SSD vs. HDD?

For many applications, either solid-state drive (SSD) or hard-disk drive (HDD) is sufficient, and the choice comes down to cost. When determining which way to go, buyers want to know: How do we calculate this cost? And how does this … Continue reading

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Deciding When to Virtualize Tier-One Applications

Virtualization may be the best direction to go for your company, but like any good thing, there are always exceptions. Whether or not to virtualize tier-one applications is a question every company must carefully review. Virtualizing IO or throughput-intensive SQL … Continue reading

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vSphere NFS Troubleshooting Basics

In my previous article covering “Connecting vSphere to NFS the Easy Way,” I talked about how connecting vSphere to a NFS network attached storage (NAS) is the easiest way to get shared storage up and running. Additionally, I pointed out … Continue reading

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Connecting vSphere to NFS the Easy Way

While most admins that come from a Windows server background don’t typically think of NFS for storage, when it comes to vSphere (ESXi), a NFS network attached storage (NAS) is by far the easiest shared storage option to use. I’ll … Continue reading

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