Ideas in IT come in waves, and recently I've been hearing about a great capability: On-demand live replicas of production virtual machines. Want to test your DR environment? Spin up a live sandbox in the cloud or at a service provider using VMware ESX. And if there's a real disaster, you can always run there for real! VM-Enabled DR Disaster recovery (DR to us IT folks) is … [Read more...] about Live DR Replicas On-Demand
FalconStor Software announced this week that Network Storage Server (NSS), their SAN virtualization solution, now supports VMware VAAI. This is big news for two reasons: Is the first time a smaller storage company has added VAAI support, and this is the first software virtualization product to do so. Users of this FalconStor solution will be able to use the three ESX 4.1 VAAI … [Read more...] about FalconStor Brings VAAI Support To Every Storage Array
Lots of my IT infrastructure management clients are talking about how the advent of Ethernet/IP and virtualization is changing the roles of storage, server, and network administrators. The evolution of the storage role in particular in enterprise IT organizations has been a topic of particular interest to me for a while: I definitely remember thinking about this as iSCSI and … [Read more...] about Changes in Technology Drive Changes in IT Organizations and Roles
Last week, after the Exec Event in Palo Alto, I joined my friend W. Curtis Preston for his first Backup Central Live! event. Curtis has spent years educating IT pros about data protection, this was the first week of a new series of self-produced events. And let me tell you, although I've seen him present dozens of times, Curtis was really in his element here. He held the packed … [Read more...] about See W. Curtis Preston’s Backup Central Live!
The industry is buzzing with rumors that Isilon will be the next big storage acquisition now that 3PAR is safely in HP's hands. The alleged buyer, EMC, is itself surrounded by rumors of becoming a shared feast for Oracle and Cisco. But there are much more accessible and tasty items on the enterprise IT acquisition menu, and the lower cost of entry makes them much more likely to … [Read more...] about Why FalconStor, Overland, and Sepaton Ought To Be Acquired Before Isilon