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Enterprise Computing: What Next For Virtualisation?

Earlier this month, Texas Memory Systems announced they had acquired the intellectual assets of Incipient, a company that produced SAN virtualisation hardware and software.  With Incipient gone, EMC hardly bothering to mention Invista, what is the future of SAN LUN virtualisation?  I talked about Incipient last year, here and here when discussing the costs of performing migrations.  As I said at the time, ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies – Part V

This is the final post in a series on Enterprise Data Migration Strategies.  Previous posts: Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies – Part I Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies – Part II Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies Part III Enterprise Computing: Data Migration Strategies – Part IV Previously we’ve discussed how to plan, structure and organise migrations.  In this post, I’ll touch on some ... Read More »

Replacing the Virtualisation Component – II

Thanks to Chuck who pointed out to me SVC’s ability to move virtual WWNs between nodes during replacement. At some stage in the future I may get to play with SVC but I haven’t so far, so this feature eluded me. Question: is SVC the *only* block virtualisation appliance to offer this functionality and is it a seamless operation or ... Read More »

InVista – EMC’s Problem Child

Remember when EMC offered a fabric-based storage virtualisation product called InVista? Apparently they still do, as a customer of mine mentioned recently. Unfortunately they had trouble getting any sort of decent reference site for the product and weren’t that impressed. I had a quick check on EMC’s site and the last press release for the product I could find was ... Read More »

SAN Virtual Appliances

LeftHand, FalconStor, Arkeia and Datacore all now offer VMware appliance versions of their products. I’m in the process of downloading them now and I’m hoping to install over the next few days and do some testing. I’ve previously mentioned some VM NAS products which I’ve installed but not reported back on. I’ll try to summarise all my findings together. It ... Read More »

Using Virtualisation for DR

It’s good to see virtualisation and the various products being discussed again at length. Here’s an idea I had some time ago for implementing remote replication by using virtualisation. I’d be interested to know whether it is possible (so far no-one from HDS can answer the question on whether USP/UVM can do this, but read on). The virtualisation products make ... Read More »