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Storage Virtualization: An Overview

The concept of virtualization has been around for some time. Virtualization is really just the abstraction of an actual entity or construct into logical representations of those entities or constructs. Most of the time, the term “virtualization” is tied to … 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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Datacenter infrastructure will adapt to virtualization or die trying

In 2009, virtualization crossed an important threshold. According to IDC, this was the first year that new virtual server deployments exceeded physical server deployments. For every physical server sold, more than one new virtual machine (VM) was created. This trend … Continue reading

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Performance Reserves: Managing Performance like Capacity

“I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes The storage industry provides excellent visibility into capacity … 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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Are you driving virtualization with eyes wide shut?

As virtualized environments grow larger and more complex in design and architecture, it’s imperative to be able to spot current and potential bottlenecks that could lead to performance degradation and outages. Without a bird’s-eye view of your environment, you may … Continue reading

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Implementation challenges with VDI

There are a few challenging technical areas that every VDI environment must overcome at some point. I have deployed VMware View 4 with great success and I’m looking forward to deploying VMware View 5 soon. Although the installation of VMware … Continue reading

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Virtualizing 110 percent

Last month, I attended a meeting of Wisconsin VMware User Group (WIVMUG), sponsored by Tintri and Mitel. I enjoyed the opportunity to meet virtualization users and talk about Tintri. But my interest was unexpectedly piqued by the presentation from the … Continue reading

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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is here to stay

The virtual desktop has been getting a lot of attention these days, but what are the true advantages and disadvantages of virtualizing the end user’s work environment?

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The elephant in the virtual datacenter room – VM alignment

VM alignment — it’s the to-do item almost every VM admin has buried on a sticky note somewhere, but is too time-consuming and daunting to tackle. And it’s a problem that poses real challenges as virtualization spreads into more mainstream … Continue reading

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VMware’s direction on Cloud Computing Shows at VMworld 2011

VMworld 2011 drew 19,000 people with another big event offering the latest technology, vendors and announcements, even in the wake of the bad weather on the East Coast. This is one of my top go-to events of the year, where … Continue reading

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Tintri VMworld recap – Best of VMworld Finalist, Hardware for Virtualization

VMworld was a great show for us! Among the highlights were the great conversations with users, bloggers, analysts partners (and even competitors!).  We were also excited to take home a Best of VMworld Finalist award! We owe a huge thanks … Continue reading

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What to expect from Tintri at VMworld

Our hair is figuratively on fire here at the Tintri offices while we make our final preparations for VMworld. We’re really excited to be a sponsor! We’ve had tremendous interest in VM-aware storage from around the world, and have just … Continue reading

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