VMware officially launched their next-generation (version 5) enterprise server virtualization product line this week under the "vSphere 5" name. As I've been doing for the last few major VMware releases, I'm focusing this post on the storage changes present in vSphere 5. For more information on earlier updates, see my articles: Storage Fixes in VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update … [Read more...] about Storage Changes in VMware vSphere 5
Many storage challenges focus on correlating high-level uses of data (such as applications) with the nuts and bolts of storage infrastructure. These discussions often revolve around the conflict between data management, which demands an ever-smaller unit of management, and storage management, which benefits most from consolidation. Developing data management capability that is … [Read more...] about Granularity: The Hidden Challenge of Storage Management
Last week was cut short by attendance at EMC's "Record Breaking" product launch. I covered the shenanigans and marketing antics already, and will dive deeper into the technical and product announcements later. Next week I'll be at The Exec Event in Palo Alto, but have some posts ready to roll while I'm away! My writing Is NFS A Viable Protocol For Converged … [Read more...] about Back From the Pile: Interesting Links, January 21, 2011
Did some pNFS proponent slip a love potion into the coffee at EMC? Suddenly it's pNFS time at the company known for its reluctance to embrace file sharing and filesystems in general. The purple prose is flying, with Chad Sakac declaring himself "a big fan of the application of NFS" and Chuck Hollis extolling the "inherent simplicity and ease-of-management of NFS." The NetApp … [Read more...] about Is NFS v3 Really That Bad?
EMC's Iomega unit today released the 12-drive rack-mount storage product we have all been waiting for. It was never a question of whether Iomega could produce such a beast: The EMC LifeLine software and Iomega hardware were definitely up for it. The question was always if EMC would direct Iomega to fill the gaping hole in their storage lineup between the 4-drive ix4-200r and … [Read more...] about Iomega Graduates and Goes to Work with the ix12-300r