This regular series features highlights from the week. My writing: How Will Thunderbolt Affect Enterprise Storage? Introducing Storage for Virtual Environments (From My Seminar) Other great stuff: 1394, DMA, and BitLocker Open-FCoE: Will Software Initiators Win Again? NetApp’s Purchase of Engenio VMware View Client for iPad Released VMware’s … [Read more...] about Back From the Pile: Interesting Links, March 11, 2011
A few months ago, DCIG released their Virtual Server Backup Software Buyer's Guide. Although some were critical of the process and results of this guide, I appreciate the effort involved in pulling together the data. Personally, I would rather have a single source for data, even if I didn't agree with the recommendations! Now I have been asked to write an article for … [Read more...] about How To Select a Virtual Server Backup Product?
VMware officially launched their next-generation (version 4) enterprise family of products today under the "vSphere 4" name. As I've been doing for the last few major ESX releases, I'm focusing this post on the storage changes present in vSphere 4. For more information on earlier updates, see my articles: Storage Fixes in VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update 2 Storage … [Read more...] about Storage Changes in the VMware vSphere 4 Family
VMware packed a lot into their 2008 VMworld conference, including an outline of their "three pillars" strategy, focused on vClient, vCloud, and something they are calling the Virtual Datacenter Operating System. While it is debatable if this last item really is an operating system, it's certainly a major strategic change in messaging. VDC-OS is divided into four … [Read more...] about What is VMware VDC-OS vStorage?
VMware just released Update 2 for VMware ESX Server 3.5 (Virtual Infrastructure), and it includes some storage fixes of note: Support for Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) for filesystems Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 guests. This means VMware services like VCB and SRM can now signal Windows Server to quiesce filesystems before creating a clone or snapshot and … [Read more...] about Storage Fixes in VMware ESX Server 3.5 Update 2