Virtualisation and storage

  • February 25, 2009 25 Feb'09

    Virtualisation: A remedy for hard times

    Technical teams need re-assess how they optimise their environment. Virtualization --with its reduction in the physical footprint in terms of space, power and cooling -- can help.

  • January 21, 2009 21 Jan'09

    How virtualisation affects backups

    Server virtualisation presents us with a new problem in the backup arena. How do we capture information, and what strategy do we adopt? SMBs have three main options: Backup at the host level, backup within the virtual machine and backup via snapshot...

  • January 14, 2009 14 Jan'09

    The realities of virtual tape libraries

    VTLs are a bit like losing coins in the car: You know they're between the seat and the handbrake, but you can't see them.

  • December 10, 2008 10 Dec'08

    For server virtualisation, Microsoft bets against VMotion

    In competing against VMware, Microsoft seems to be betting that at the low to middle end of the market, it makes more sense to utilise planned downtime when data migration is necessary instead of paying the additional cost of VMotion or Storage ...

  • October 16, 2008 16 Oct'08

    Configuration, provisioning storage skills in short supply on VMware projects

    According to users at Storage Expo, the key challenge for many storage managers today may be ensuring that their storage engineers know how to configure and provision storage for a virtualised server environment.

  • July 30, 2008 30 Jul'08

    NetApp dedupes data on rivals' primary storage

    NetApp extends its free data deduplication to its V-Series gateways, making it possible for its customers to dedupe their primary storage. But users say what's missing is a GUI and data dedupe for VTLs.

  • July 28, 2008 28 Jul'08

    With server virtualisation, storage often suffers

    Many companies are finding that after they jump on the server virtualisation bandwagon that the wheels are falling off and that their storage isn't working like it did before.

  • July 28, 2008 28 Jul'08

    3PAR shrinks virtual desktop storage

    3PAR's software package allows users of its high-end disk arrays to store a single "golden image" of virtual desktops and hold that image in cache for better boot performance.

  • July 03, 2008 03 Jul'08

    Managing virtual hard disks in Hyper-V

    This tip covers the different types of VHDs in Hyper-V and explains how to work with them using Management Console, virtual hard disk wizard and other Hyper-V tools.

  • July 02, 2008 02 Jul'08

    Friction grows between storage vendors, VMware

    As the booming server virtualisation market spawns new competitors to VMware, how virtual machines connect with storage is becoming a matter of contention among vendors.

  • March 06, 2008 06 Mar'08

    Green IT gripes from CeBIT

    Europeans are said to be more concerned about green IT issues than Americans, but that's not the sentiment I discovered at CeBIT in Germany this week.

  • February 11, 2008 11 Feb'08

    European distributor extends FalconStor's reach into UK

    European IT distributor, Magirus has extended its distribution agreement with storage management software company FalconStor to cover the UK market in a move welcomed by resellers.

  • January 28, 2008 28 Jan'08

    How recession-proof is your IT budget?

    As uncertainty grips the economy IT departments need to budget for possible recession – with storage key to helping the business through hard times.

  • August 01, 2007 01 Aug'07

    Kent Police pick San for back-up, explore virtualisation

    Kent Police have bought a £120,000 EqualLogic storage area network from Infrasys to manage "exponential growth" of the force's data storage needs. Not only is it saving incremental costs now, but the force expects the system to pay for itself within...

  • October 31, 2006 31 Oct'06

    HDS pushes virtualisation benefits, citing Vic health win

    Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has won a contract worth nearly $10 million with The Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS), which will use the company's Universal Storage Platform to manage, data across its heterogeneous storage systems.