As my friend Stu Miniman pointed out, a recent VMware video suggests the company is about to jump into networking in a big way. Dubbed "vFabric," This new offering would be a generic hypervisor for virtual network devices, from load balancers to security appliances, and would presumably be integrated with the existing vNetwork Distributed Switch functionality. This appears to … [Read more...] about A VMware Hypervisor For Networkers?
Like clockwork, VMware has cranked out another update to their flagship enterprise product, ESX 3.5. The last update came out in early November, 2008, and included some major new functionality. What's in store this time to intrigue storage folks? Not much. 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 ESX 3.5 Update 4
Note: Every one of these items has previously been discussed by Microsoft. I can't yet talk about any other storage features I might have seen... iSCSI Quick Connect - No more fumbling through tabs and popups, just enter an IP address and you're connected! Yeah, baby! Wire-speed 10 Gb iSCSI - The software iSCSI initiator can saturate a 10 Gb Ethernet link to a … [Read more...] about 10 Cool Storage Features From the 2009 Microsoft MVP Summit
This is the second entry in my Top-Ten in Storage series. Not every innovative product can succeed in the market, and no matter how good some ideas seem, they can fail to make much of an impact. The truth is, people buy solutions, not technologies. This list includes products so cool, so ahead of their time, that they just couldn't fail. But they did. … [Read more...] about Top Ten Coolest Enterprise Storage Flops
Although it's been available for a while now, Windows Server 2008's storage changes aren't widely reported. TechTarget's Dave Raffo wrote a piece about it today, Windows Server 2008's hidden storage features, including some quotes from me, but it's still less than clear. So let me sum up: Server Message Block (SMB) 2.0 is probably the biggest news. Microsoft re-worked … [Read more...] about Windows Server 2008 Changes Storage