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  • Optimize data center processes without hyper-converged

    IT can simplify tasks, including storage provisioning, VM lifecycle, data protection and others, with automation to create better data center efficiency. Continue Reading

  • Working in a virtual machine environment: VM-aware storage

    How can storage administrators decide if a virtual machine-aware appliance can cure their virtual server storage headache? This guide walks users through the basics. Continue Reading

  • VMware VVOLs helps with provisioning storage

    Sick of dealing with LUNs and NAS mount points? Virtual machine-aware storage and VMware Virtual Volumes can save you.

    Storage vendors today recognize the unique challenges with provisioning storage while delivering performance that virtualizing servers puts on storage systems. And that means administrators no longer need to stick with a traditional SAN or NAS to satisfy those requirements. Technologies such as VM-aware storage and converged infrastructures are examples of storage for virtual environments today that make integration and performance less problematic for administrators. And VVOLs can turn legacy storage arrays into VM-aware systems.

    VM-aware storage places a hypervisor integration software layer on top of a conventional storage array, integrating the storage with the underlying virtualization platform. As with hyper-converged systems, the hardware vendor must support the hypervisor you are using.

    Hyper-converged systems are specifically designed for use with virtual servers. All the major components -- CPU, storage, network and so on -- are certified to work with one another and to be compatible with the hypervisor vendor's software. The storage is preconfigured to provide optimal performance.

    VVOLs were added to the vSphere 6. They allow for provisioning storage and for data to be managed at the virtual machine level, but they require support from hardware array vendors.

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  • IT storage administrator sees more business than bytes

    The days of the storage guru may be winding down, and yet, while some storage skills have become obsolete, the storage administrator is no less important to bottom line. Continue Reading

  • Prepare your environment for HCI platform installation

    Deploying an HCI stack is a transformation in IT infrastructure management. Admins must get VMs in order and plan the migration to get data centers ready for HCI. Continue Reading

  • Everything you need to know about storage snapshots

    The role of storage snapshots in data protection is growing. Essentially, groups of disk blocks -- physical in an array or virtualized within a software-defined storage or virtual appliance -- storage snapshots embody what a file system or volume looked like at a specific moment. So if you are performing instant recovery, flat backup or any type of continuous data protection, storage snapshots are going to be a part of the picture.

    Switching cloud storage providers isn't often a breeze, and one of the biggest headaches of all when doing so is data migration -- especially if you've got hundreds of terabytes, or even petabytes, of data stashed away. Fortunately, there are tools, approaches and third parties that can ease the transition process.

    Technology convergence in the modern data center is reshaping traditional IT jobs and responsibilities. Consequently, storage know-how, while still very valuable, is no longer the only area of expertise a storage professional needs to be proficient in to succeed. The good news is there are plenty of ways to take your career into your own hands to adapt to this new reality.

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