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Virtual Machine Replication on Block Arrays

I had a tweet this morning from Leo Tudisca following on from the latest Infosmack Deep Dive podcast discussing storage and virtualisation.  Leo’s question was regarding sub-LUN virtual machine replication and how it can be achieved.  This requirement is something I’ve been mulling over for some time and can’t remember if I’ve committed my thoughts to words.  If I have ... Read More »

VAAI – Offloading or Maintaining Control?

During last week’s HP Discover 2011 event, Nigel Poulton (@nigelpoulton) raised a very interesting point regarding the way VMware potentially intend to control the storage space through VMFS and the apparent contradiction in terms of also pushing off tasks to the storage array through VAAI.  I thought it worth expanding on these discussions in more detail as the difference and ... Read More »

HDS Join the Converged Infrastructure Club

Yesterday HDS announced (via this press release) their entry into the converged infrastructure market.  The solution offerings go under the name Hitachi Unified Computing Platform and comprise reference architectures and orchestration software to bring the whole thing together.  While I think it is a good thing that HDS are starting to deliver unified solutions, I’m not sure the initial approach ... Read More »

HP Discover 2011 – Day 2 – Chat With Devang Panchigar and Enrico Signoretti

In this second podcast from HP Discover 2011, I chat to Devang Panchigar, blogger at storagenerve.com and Enrico Signoretti, blogger at juku.it.  We discuss HP’s Converged Infrastructure offerings and how they match up to others in the marketplace.   Podcast Powered By Podbean Disclaimer:  As a blogger/attendee, HP paid for my flights, hotel and most meals.  I have not been ... Read More »

Solving the VDI I/O Problem

In my post on last year’s HP tech day (Enterprise Computing HP Blades Tech Day) I raised my skepticism on the ROI of desktop virtualisation or VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) solutions.  One of the reasons for my concern was the excessive costs for deploying the storage needed to support I/O to hundreds or thousands of virtual desktops.  The issues aren’t ... Read More »

Using The Dynamic Memory Feature on Microsoft Hyper-V

Microsoft recently released service pack 1 (SP1) of Windows Server 2008 R2, which includes the Dynamic Memory option.  This new feature is meant to aid memory management across a Hyper-V host with multiple guests.  Previously the memory assigned to a guest was static and couldn’t be changed without a power off and reboot of that guest. I’ve upgraded The Storage ... Read More »