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    Opinion: Protect, *then* Perfect – An Inverted Approach to DR

    Ed Note: The following is an opinion post by Shannon Snowden, Senior Technical Marketing Architect at Zerto. One thing has been made clear to me while designing and implemention DR solutions like V… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Opinion: The Infrastructure Continuum Continues

    Editor's Note:  The introduction of VMware VSAN into the marketplace has vast implications for hyperconvergence and software-defined storage sectors.  We've invited the leading players in converged… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    VMware VSAN - 5 Reasons It's Unique: Video Interview, Pricing, Slide Deck, & VSAN Links

    Today, VMware officially launched their new sofware-defined storage solution for vSphere virtual machines - VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN). Along with the release of VSAN is the release of vSphere 5.5 Upda… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Big Data is Coming After Your Data Center And That’s a Good Thing

    There’s a nasty little irony in the world of IT.  While business units seek IT’s assistance in creating and leveraging data-based metrics programs to provide deep level analytics into how to impr… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Exclusive Video: Exploring the Guts of the Nutanix Architecture

    Recently, during ActualTech Media's first Road Show, David Davis and I had the opportunity to meet with a variety of technology companies pioneering new ways to do IT.  Over the past couple of years,… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Just Released! Free eBook From Nutanix & Scott D. Lowe

    I'm incredibly proud to announce the availability of the Software-Defined Storage for Dummies eBook, now available for free download. Developed in partnership with Nutanix, a leading player in the… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    Managing your Virtual DataCenter – 4 Key Strategies

    While recently studying for VMware Advanced Professional Datacenter Design exam, I had the chance to study documents in the VCAP-DCD blueprint. Some of these documents provide insights into effective… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Video Blog - You Too Can Be a Data Protection Super Hero

    This week Jason Buffington of Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) posted a nice video blog (I really like this format). In the blog, Jason talks about how non-IT people tend to have very high expectations… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Coho Data Brings SDN to SDS for a Killer Combination

    Coho Data, one of the newly unveiled start-ups focused on providing scale-out storage, sends their CTO Andy Warfield to tackle a group of cutting-edge tech bloggers and analysis during Storage Field D… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Nimble Storage's Scale To Fit and Proactive Wellness Features Simplify IT

    This week, Gestalt IT hosted a number of bloggers and analysts at Storage Field Day 4. One of the companies that we visited was Nimble Storage, a soon-to-be public that was actually launched at a prev… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe
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    VMware Metro Storage Cluster Explained - Part 2: The Potential Solution

    In part 1 of this series, I discussed a typical dual-site scenario where storage replication is used to synchronously mirror a volume or LUN object between data centers. The goal is to mitigate the… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    VMware Metro Storage Cluster Explained - Part 1: The Challenge

    What is a Metro Storage Cluster? First and foremost, vMSC stands for vSphere Metro Storage Cluster, that is, a vSphere HA/DRS cluster stretched over distance. After attending Duncan Epping & Lee… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Calling Out the Phony War: vSphere & Hyper-V

    With the release of vSphere 5.5, it’s inevitable there will be a lot of blogging by vendors comparing their products to vSphere. That is expected and not surprising. It’s the job of vendor “Evan… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    High Availability in vSphere 5.5 Series – VMware vSphere App HA

    From a traditional vSphere HA standpoint, the jump from Sphere 5.1 to vSphere 5.5 has not brought with it major enhancements.  Host monitoring and virtual machine monitoring have stayed pretty much t… Read More

    By David M. Davis
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    Virtualization Pro of the Month: Chris Wahl

    Editor's Note: Welcome to the first interview in our monthly Virtualization Pro of the Month series!  Our inaugural Pro of the Month is Chris Wahl. Chris has acquired over a decade of IT experien… Read More

    By Scott D. Lowe