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The fundamental Green problem of all data centers is that they cost a fortune to power up, which in turn produces heat which then costs a fortune to cool down. Within this vicious circle a bastion was set up to counter this, namely ‘Green Storage', which has mostly taken shape in the form of virtualized storage, data deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, DC power and SSDs. Add to the circle power conservation techniques such as server virtualization and archiving onto nearline storage, and you have most companies claiming they are successfully moving towards being ‘Green'. Hence bring forth the proposition of MAID storage and many users would not see the need for it. Further reluctance towards the technology would also come from the fact that MAID has now somewhat tragically become synonymous with being merely a disk spin down technique, despite having the ... (more)

The Essential Cloud Considerations

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer Thinking about jumping on the cloud? True, I’ve had no qualms in showing my skepticism towards the marketing of ‘cloud computing’ and it being the mere repackaging of solutions which have existed for years, but the fact is it still addresses a concept and reality that exists and one which holds numerous benefits. Indeed abandoning an existing on-site IT infrastructure for a cloud provider that most often or not can’t offer the same level of security, control or performance is not an easy decision but one which CIOs and IT executives are seriously ... (more)

Converged Infrastructure or Reference Architectures?

This last fortnight there’s been a cacophonyof hyperbole and at times marketing fluff from vendors and analysts withregards to Reference Architectures and Converged Infrastructures. As IBM launchedPureSystems, NetApp & Cisco decided it was also a good time to reiteratetheir strong partnership with FlexPod.  In the midst of this, EMC decidedto release their new and rather salaciously titled VSPEX. From the remnants andashes of all these new product names and fancy launch conferences, theresultant war blogs and Twitterati battles ensued. As I poignantly watched onfrom the trenches ... (more)

Software Defined Shouldn’t Be About Infrastructure

The term "software defined" has taken many forms in recent months from Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC), Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) to even component vendors adopting the tagline to exalt their own agenda with Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Software Defined Storage (SDS). Yet ironically the majority of the vendors adopting the tagline are also dealing with infrastructure product lines that a "software defined" approach is aiming to make irrelevant. The emergence of the cloud illuminated to the industry that the procurement, design and deployment of the infras... (more)

XenDesktop or VMview - Is It Time for Your Desktop to Be Virtual?

PCs are part of everyday life in just about every organization. First there's the purchase of the hardware and the necessary software followed by an inventory recorded and maintained by the IT department. Then normal procedure would dictate that the same IT department would then install all required applications before delivering them physically to the end user.  Then over a period of time the laptop/PC would be maintained by the IT department with software updates, patches, troubleshooting etc. to ensure full utilization of employees. Once the PC/laptop becomes outdated, the IT ... (more)