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Virtualization and Storage: Overview, Vendor Solutions

There’s no denying that virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V have revolutionized the way in which computing resources are deployed. Physical servers were usually under-utilized and took time and effort to deploy. These servers also consumed data center space, power and cooling. Virtualization reduced hardware costs, reduced the environmental requirements by saving on power and cooling and improved the ... Read More »

Compellent – The Inevitable Acquisition

Well, the announcement has been made and it’s official, Dell and Compellent are in talks over a “merger” which basically means Dell acquiring Compellent for around $27.50 per share.  The press release can be found here.  Even as recently as a couple of weeks ago, Compellent were denying acquisition rumours. Compellent’s share price has risen dramatically in the last couple ... Read More »

Is RAID Dead? No – Next Question

Portakabin Modular Construction I had a small discussion today with a few folks on Twitter that was a forerunner to a Wikibon “Peer Incite” discussion on whether RAID was still relevant or not (hence the title of this post).  It seems to me that perhaps the Wikibon discussion was a good way to introduce a “RAID beating” technology to the ... Read More »

Symantec Disaster Recovery Study 2010

I was recently briefed on the latest Symantec Disaster Recovery Study (2010), the details of which can be found here.  Some 1700 companies (of 5000 employees or more) were interviewed about various aspects of their backup environments.  As usual with these kind of surveys, there were some interesting results (I guess there have to be interesting results otherwise the surveys ... Read More »

Guest Post: Closing the Server/Storage Virtualisation Gap

This is a guest post from Anand Babu (AB) Periasamy, CTO and co-founder of Gluster Inc. In the virtualization foot race, the server has clearly been playing the role of the hare, with storage—a.k.a., the tortoise—bringing up the rear. The technology innovation in server virtualization got a lengthy headstart on storage and has continued to outpace it ever since, making ... Read More »

Storage Beers – with vBeers

Storage Beers will informally take place with vBeers this week on Thursday 2nd December at The Cittie of Yorke in Holborn; details here: http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/44/446/Cittie_of_Yorke/Holborn I’ll be there from around 6pm in the main bar; look out for me @storagebod, or @kiwi_si (assuming he’s not late). Should be fun – all welcome as we buy our own beers (or soft drinks ... Read More »