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What Is Your Reason for Virtualization and Cloud, Anyway?

Gear shifting in a modern car is a highly virtualized application nowadays. Whether you’re driving a stick or an automatic, it is certainly not the same as your great grandaddy’s shifting (assuming he owned a car). The huge difference between ... Read more
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F5 Friday: ARX VE Offers New Opportunities

Virtualization has many benefits in the data center – some that aren’t necessarily about provisioning and deployment. There are some things on your shopping list that you’d never purchase sight unseen or untested. Houses, cars, even furniture.... Read more
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Another Guest Post on F5 Fridays

As you all know, I try to keep my marketing spiel for F5 to a minimum here. I don’t hesitate to mention when F5 has a product that will solve your problem, but try to focus on the problem and technical solutions. But sometimes I want to crow... Read more
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Here Comes Payback Time. Prepare for Storage Shortages.

The last couple of years have been painful, to say the least. Some call them unprecedented, financially, but I do believe that is pushing the descriptor a bit far, since there have been plenty of instances where business pretty much en-masse... Read more
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Building the Hydra – Array Virtualization is not File Virtualization

So I’m jealous that Lori works D&D references into her posts regularly and I never have… Until today! For those who aren’t gamers or literary buffs, a Hydra is a big serpent or lizard with a variable number of heads  (normally five ... Read more
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What is a Strategic Point of Control Anyway?

From mammoth hunting to military maneuvers to the datacenter, the key to success is control Recalling your elementary school lessons, you’ll probably remember that mammoths were large and dangerous creatures and like most animals they were quite... Read more
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Clouds Are Like Onions

Which of course are like Ogres. They’re big, chaotic, and have lots of layers of virtualization. In discussions involving cloud it is often the case that someone will remind you that “virtualization” is not required to build a cloud. But... Read more
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WILS: Three Ways To Better Utilize Resources In Any Data Center

Cloud computing is, at its core, about using resources in the most operational and financially efficient manner possible. It’s about spreading resources around and sharing them to achieve greater scalability with fewer investments in hardware and... Read more
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Disk May Be Cheap but Storage is Not

Remember at trade shows oh, a few years back now, the “hot” vendor swag was 256MB USB keys. I’m sure many of you spent time trying to collect them as fervently as kids collect Pokeman cards (or whatever the CCG du jour may be). Just a few years... Read more
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How to Build a Cloud Without Using Virtualization

Leveraging Java EE and dynamic infrastructure to enable a shared resource, on-demand scalable infrastructure – without server virtualization Many pundits and experts allude to architectures that are cloud-like in their ability to provide... Read more
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Storage Security – It’s not who’s responsible, it’s who’s responsible.

Since I first started covering storage, back around the turn of the century (sounds more impressive than it is, no?), the argument has been ongoing in far more organizations than you could imagine about who should “own” storage security. Does it... Read more
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The Revolution Continues: Let Them Eat Cloud

The consensus seems to be, at least from the myriad surveys, studies, and research, that cloud as a model is the right answer, it’s just the location that’s problematic for most organizations. Organizations aren’t ignoring reality; they k... Read more
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Seagate BlackArmor NAS 440 – 4TB of Tasty Goodness

Lori and I have a larger home network, with several servers, multiple switches, two WAPs, and eight or so clients. Thrown into the middle of all of that is an aging Infrant Technologies (now NetGear) ReadyNAS, 1 Terabyte. The ReadyNAS, from before... Read more
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Reason #5 That You Need File Virtualization

If you’re just joining this series, there is a complete list of the Reasons to date on my team member page.Are we at reason #5 already? Wow. Okay, this is another one that salesmen will tell you because it is truly compelling, but it is truly a... Read more
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Reason #4 That You Need File Virtualization

I took the easy topic this week, and things are so crazy it’s still late in the day that I’m posting this. My apologies. This one also focuses more on ARX than previous ones – this is because replication is a differentiator for many vendors’... Read more
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Reason #3 That You Need File Virtualization.

If you’re just joining this series, check out Reason #1 and Reason #2 That You Need File Virtualization Tiering is the one benefit that a sales person will tell you about, so I was putting it off a bit, but it is the one thing I’ve had requests... Read more
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Reason #2 That You Need File Virtualization

If you’re just joining us, the first article in this series is here.While desktop management is a volume issue – touch enough desktops and something is likely to break – Reason #2 is more about complexity. Our data centers are like the cloverleaf... Read more
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Building an elastic environment requires elastic infrastructure

One of the reasons behind some folks pushing for infrastructure as virtual appliances is the on-demand nature of a virtualized environment. When network and application delivery infrastructure hits capacity in terms of throughput - regardless of... Read more
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F5 ARX and Data Domain - Reduced Expense, Streamlined Storage

We get the opportunity to interview people on occasion, and when we signed a partnership with Data Domain, I became intrigued. The two technologies definitely could be complimentary, but I wanted to understand the how/why of our partnership. Rick... Read more
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The Many Faces of Storage Virtualization

I started a blog post about this topic over a week ago, and it grew into a huge article instead of a blog post. I'm hoping to have it ready for posting as an article yet this week, but there are some tidbits I thought I'd share outright.... Read more
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VIrtualize This!

Well, my guest view for SDTimes went live yesterday or today. You have all heard the story from me before - Approach Virtualization and every other buzzword du jour with a bit of skepticism. Generally speaking, buzzwords get that way because... Read more
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Virtualized Storage - Cleaning up invisibly.

Last week while Joe and I were at our Lowell offices (formerly Acopia, now known as the F5 Data Solutions group), I learned a lot that I didn't previously know about our ARX directory-level virtualization product. Now I'm not new to the... Read more
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Travel-n-Learn. That's the life.

So I'm sitting in the airport in Boston, going home after a three day stint here learning about the ARX and getting some other stuff done that Joe and I had on our agenda. I'm coming home with a ton of fodder for how to utilize ARX in your... Read more
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