Storage Optimization with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

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Last week I attended the Red Hat Summit in Boston. One message I took home from this event is that Red Hat is betting big on cloud. Products like Red Hat OpenStack and services like Red Hat OpenShift Online represent new investments for the company in this area. But you can’t invest in the cloud without investing in core infrastructure components. To that end, Red Hat announced Red Hat Enterprise…

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VMware Performance and Deduplication

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Last week I talked about deduplication and its advantages for VMware environments.  One question I heard from a reader, “if the savings are as great as you’re saying, why isn’t deduplication in VMware environments everywhere today?”  And on the surface, I think the answer is simple, the key challenge to VMware deduplication is performance.   IT organizations have come to understand how deduplication saves on storage costs, but they are generally…

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The Case for VMware and Deduplication

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We’ve all watched over the past several years as VMware virtualization has revolutionized IT, instigating the most significant consolidation of computer hardware assets in history. What you may not know is that VMware deployments offer one of the most attractive use cases for data optimization in a primary storage environment. A great example of this comes from our friends over at NetApp®. Shortly after releasing their deduplication feature, NetApp’s customers…

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Virtual environments – the storage hogs!

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One of the key findings from a Gartner report from late last year, (Virtual Machines and Market Share Through 2012) stated that ‘by year-end 2010, enterprises with 100 to 999 employees will have a higher penetration of virtual machines deployed than the Global 500. Concurrently, there will be a growing percentage of small businesses that leverage virtual machines provided by cloud-computing service providers; this will become a major trend in…

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2010 Predictions

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The 2008/2009 years saw rapid expansion and adoption of some key technologies such as deduplication, virtualization and cloud. Each has been fodder for the industry analyst communities and the technology press that have called each a new frontier and the savior of the IT budget! In fact, each is helpful and each has been impactful. However, they are at the early stages of their lifecycle and broad adoption is still in the future. Albeit near future in some cases!

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