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
HDS pu... (more)
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 Once the PC/laptop becomes outdated, the IT ...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 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)
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.
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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
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)