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The best method of Storage virtualization has been one of the most debated and argued issues within the industry. Nobody argues that while it is nothing more than an abstraction between the storage device and its application, the benefits that come with it such as consolidation, ease of management, online migrations etc. make it a fundamental aspect of the constantly non-heterogeneous emerging world of storage. Of course virtualization is on everyone's lips with the advent of VMotion and Vstorage offered by the Server-based storage virtualization solution of VMware. Veritas Volume Manager and SUN's ZFS are others which come to mind which have made virtualization an inbred of the Storage management arena. But it was not so long ago back in the pre- VMAX days that most of the debate revolved around whether virtualization should be via the SAN or via the Array. HDS pu... (more)

VDI - Citrix? VMware? Or should you even care?

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 Once the PC/laptop becomes outdated, the IT ...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)

Hitachi Reaches For The Clouds

Hitachi Data Systems recently showcased the new Hitachi Content Platform penned ‘the Cloud-friendly' replacement to the hardware formerly known as HCAP. So what is different about the HCP compared to its predecessor apart from the removal of ‘Archive' from its title and is this a really Hitachi's way of embracing cloud computing? As up and coming vendors enter the game pushing products strictly focused on cloud computing, the entrance of the major storage vendors is as guaranteed as Paris Hilton attending another A-list celebrity bash i.e. she might not be invited but you just t... (more)

Will the SUN Set on the Hitachi Data Systems OEM Relationship?

Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo On January 26th just prior to the official announcement of Oracle’s takeover of SUN Microsystems, I confidently predicted in my article “SUN’s Oracle Merger” with regards to SUN’s storage portfolio that “One certainty is that the OEM partnership with HDS’ enterprise arrays will continue.” Perhaps it’s time to eat some humble pie. If current indications are anything to go by, it’s more than likely that the SUN agreement of reselling HDS Enterprise Storage may be coming to an abrupt end. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! ... (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)