If you need to get up to speed on the significance of RDMA, look no further than Chin-Fah Heoh excellent post on the subject. Also for reference, the first Google result for RDMA is the “Radio Disney Music Awards”. I believe Chin-Fah is referring to Remote Direct Memory Access. Otherwise his post is very confusing.
Windows Storage Server is one of the most interesting products from Redmond, a specialized version of Windows Server with integrated storage target capabilities, including iSCSI, NFS, SMB, and single-instance storage (file-level deduplication). Although Windows Server 2008, with its many storage feature updates, was released last year, the updated version of Windows Storage Server was still under construction until last month. But Windows Storage Server 2008 is available to manufacturers today.
I’ve just come back from a NetApp training course; good course and recommended for anyone who wants to pick up some storage fundamentals, it covers all the NetApp bases and by the end of it, you should be fairly confident to do pretty much all the day-to-day routine tasks that you might be asked to do as an administrator of a NetApp array.
EMC today announced its next generation Celerra NAS. EMC is pushing the technology towards unified storage, deduplication and virtual provisioning giving away some bells and whistles at no cost.
We think of web apps as what belongs in the â€œcloudâ€. Virtualization is changing this so that both small and enterprise apps are a fit. To me there can be an internal cloud and an external cloud. As virtualization continues to evolve, we will see the lines blur between both.
When is a solution integrated and when is it a Frankenstein-like mashup of tangled tech? Apparently, that line is crossed when itâ€™s your competitorâ€™s offeringâ€¦ In my time in the storage industry, Iâ€™ve seen enough franken-storage come and go to make me skeptical whenever a new â€œintegratedâ€ solution is announced. But a lot of this stuff works just fine, so I also know that integrated solutions arenâ€™t always bad!
Most physical to virtual migrations (P2V) of servers end up as virtual machines with the partitions encapsulated in virtual disk (.vmdk or .vhd) files. But what if the physical server already has a partition that’s configured through an iSCSI connection to the SAN, and what if that’s the same SAN that the new VM will […]