1. Data Center

    Blazing Fast Network Virtualization with Superconvergence

    VMware's acquisition of Nicira in 2012 and Cisco's major push with ACI were confirmation that software-defined networking and network function virtualization were coming to a data center near you. SDN solutions like NSX work their magic by making use of an overlay network to virtualize a network… Read More

    By James D. Green
  2. Data Center

    The Continuing Convergence of Infrastructure

    As technology has evolved and our ideas around how IT infrastructure should be managed have matured, infrastructure has continued to converge. The main drivers for this convergence have been operational efficiency and predictability. When converged infrastructure was introduced, the provisioning and… Read More

    By James D. Green
  3. Data Center

    The Cloud Is A Journey, Not a Destination

    You’ve all heard the mantra that enterprise IT workloads are marching slowly (or quickly, in some cases) but surely to the cloud.  In this context, the assumption is that workloads are exiting the local data center and making their way to public cloud providers such as Amazon and Microsoft.  Whi… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  4. Data Center

    Meet Container-Defined Storage from Portworx

    As agility in the data center increases with increasing adoption of container-based provisioning, some have noticed a major infrastructure component lagging behind: storage. Enterprise storage is notoriously slow-moving from a provisioning perspective; beyond that, most or all of the storage platfor… Read More

    By James D. Green
  5. Data Center

    About "Modern Storage Strategies for SQL Server"

    James Green and I recently announced the launch of the Gorilla Guide to Modern Storage Strategies for SQL Server. Storage and SQL Server go hand in hand, but rarely do the technologists involved have the background on the technologies involved. Infrastructure administrators usually do not have a ba… Read More

    By David Klee
  6. Data Center

    New eBook! The Gorilla Guide to Modern Storage Strategies for SQL Server

    The intersection of storage infrastructure and database platforms is one of the most critical yet misunderstood relationships in the entire data center. And it's not getting any easier for storage admins or DBAs. The volume of data retained and accessed by today’s organizations is exploding a… Read More

    By James D. Green
  7. Data Center

    The Transformation of NetApp

    There may be some of you who (like me) essentially "wrote off" NetApp as being one of those companies that stopped innovating and will slowly "go by the wayside". This is easy to do when all you hear about is "the hot new thing" from "the hot new startup" (which for some time, wasn't NetApp). Just… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  8. Data Center

    Exploring 10-year Trends

    Storage is the cornerstone of data center. Without it, the world as we know it today wouldn’t exist. The data that we store is extremely important to our businesses and even to our families. As such, the storage industry - and storage administrators in particular – are notorious for moving very… Read More

    By James D. Green
  9. Data Center

    Bridging the Cloud Gap: Hybrid Cloud is the Technical and Financial Choice

    For years, we’ve heard the mantra of “to the cloud” in which pundits have said, with absolute certainty, that a journey to the public cloud is inevitable and will be the platform of choice for every business in the not-too-distant future. Nope.  Not gonna happen. Here’s what will happ… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  10. Data Center

    New eBook! The Gorilla Guide to Hyperconvergence for the SMB

    IT is changing for businesses of all shapes and sizes. IT professionals are being asked to do more with less, and to do it faster. Especially with a small staff, this can be a serious challenge. In the new Gorilla Guide to Hyperconvergence for the SMB, you’ll learn about technological advantages t… Read More

    By James D. Green
  11. Data Center

    Latency: The King of Storage Performance Metrics

    Storage vendor 1: “Our array can deliver 1 million IOPS!” Storage vendor 2: “Well, our array can deliver 1 billion IOPS, so take that!” This might be the start of the latest round of storage gang violence as storage vendors fight over who can do more IOPS.  Or, it could be those same… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  12. Data Center

    Analyzing Your VMware Data Center with the Power of SaaS-based Analytics

    Last week I was able to schedule a briefing with my friend Irfan Ahmad. Irfan is co-founder and CTO of CloudPhysics, which is what we discussed during my briefing. If you haven’t heard of CloudPhysics, perhaps you’re familiar with some other major projects that Irfan has led like development of… Read More

    By James D. Green
  13. Data Center

    The Next Evolution of Data-Aware Storage

    I recently had the opportunity to be briefed on DataGravity's freshly released Version 2.2 update. It comes with a number of really interesting features to extend the already impressive capabilities of the Discovery Series arrays. Of note in this release: Hyper-V support, file fingerprinting, user… Read More

    By James D. Green
  14. Data Center

    ZeroStack - Attacking the Datacenter Problem From All Directions

    In case you don’t know, I’m a big fan of hyperconvergence. It may be one of the hottest and most innovative areas in enterprise technology today. What makes it even more exciting is that there are many hyperconvergence solutions out there (more than I can count on all my fingers). Just when I th… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  15. Data Center

    Six (or more) Degrees of Hyperconverged Infrastructure

    [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='36' color='#ffffff' background_color='#777575' border_color='']T[/dropcaps]here seems to be a lot of arguments around what is and isn’t hyperconverged, with vendor after vendor saying things like, “Oh, vendor X isn’t really hyperconverged because they don’t… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  16. Data Center

    Make IT Relevant By Managing Technical Debt

    [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='36' color='#ffffff' background_color='#777575' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]T departments are wallowing in debt… technical debt. Just like those that have racked up massive credit card bills, technical debt can be debilitating and results in an IT function that st… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
  17. Data Center

    How the Cloud is Changing IT

    [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='36' color='#ffffff' background_color='#777575' border_color='']V[/dropcaps]irtualization is just one major trend impacting IT. It’s tough to deny that the cloud has also affected IT. Consider this: Business units and IT departments can acquire services simply by… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  18. Data Center

    A Flash Storage Technical and Economic Primer

    [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='36' color='#ffffff' background_color='#777575' border_color='']F[/dropcaps]lash memory is a type of non-volatile memory storage, which can be electrically erased and programmed. What was the event that precipitated the introduction of this new storage medium? Well… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  19. Data Center

    An Introduction to Hybrid Storage Arrays

    [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='36' color='#ffffff' background_color='#777575' border_color='']H[/dropcaps]ybrid storage arrays leverage a combination of spinning disk and flash disks to create systems that feature many of the performance benefits of flash coupled with the capacity benefits inher… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  20. Data Center

    Isn’t Linear Scaling Wasteful?

    [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='36' color='#ffffff' background_color='#777575' border_color='']I[/dropcaps]n conversations with my customers surrounding hyperconvergence, some of the sharper folks will ask an important question about the hyperconvergence model. “If I buy a node with both comput… Read More

    By David M. Davis
  21. Data Center

    How Complexity is Killing Efficiency In Your Data Center

    [dropcaps type='normal' font_size='36' color='#ffffff' background_color='#777575' border_color='']W[/dropcaps]hen it comes to operating a data center - be it a private cloud infrastructure for a global enterprise or a small server closet in an SMB - there are a few things that are always true. One o… Read More

    By David M. Davis