Storage Area Network - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/2129 en How VMware wants to reinvent the SAN http://www.infoworld.com/d/storage/how-vmware-wants-reinvent-the-san-238276?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>VMware has released Virtual SAN (Storage Area Network), which the company says will usher in a new era of policy-driven and virtual machine-centric storage provisioning.</p> <p>SANs are typically made of disparate storage components aggregated to create a pool that can be tapped by compute resources. Traditionally, SANs have been set up using external storage boxes which are then controlled by a switch; they're ideal for dynamic storage needs.</p> Storage Virtualization Storage Virtualization Storage Area Network Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:23:35 +0000 admin 238276 at http://www.infoworld.com Storage on a budget: GlusterFS shines in open source storage http://www.infoworld.com/d/storage/storage-budget-glusterfs-shines-in-open-source-storage-237042?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>One alternative to buying expensive storage-area networks or other hardware-based dedicated storage is to deploy open source storage software on existing server hardware. For this test, we evaluated three such open source storage products: GlusterFS 3.3, Ceph 0.72, and Apache Hadoop 2.2.0.</p> Data Center Open Source Software Storage Network-attached Storage Storage Area Network Open Source Software Data Center Storage IDG Insider Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Pete Babb 237042 at http://www.infoworld.com Review: Dell Compellent storage delivers flash speeds at disk prices http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/review-dell-compellent-storage-delivers-flash-speeds-disk-prices-232424?source=rss_storage_area_network <div id="image"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Dell-Compellent-Storage-Center.jpg" alt="Dell Compellent Storage Center" /></div> <p>The high speed of flash storage often makes it easy to justify its high price. But with Dell's new approach to flash tiering, that justification may no longer be necessary.</p> Data Center Storage Network-attached Storage Network Storage Solid State Drives Storage Area Network Data Center Storage Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 232424 at http://www.infoworld.com Samsung introduces first 1TB MiniSATA SSD http://www.infoworld.com/d/storage/samsung-introduces-first-1tb-minisata-ssd-232353?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>While most laptops rely on 2.5-inch drive formats, ultrathin PCs use 1.8-inch drives, which have limited the capacity such products can offer.</p> <p>Samsung Electronics moved to alleviate the limitations today by unveiling a high-capacity solid-state drive (SSD) line aimed at ultrathins. The new drives offer up to 1TB of capacity in a 1.8-inch, Mini-SATA (mSATA) format.</p> Storage Solid State Drives Storage Area Network Storage Management Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:06:31 +0000 admin 232353 at http://www.infoworld.com Fibre Channel hits key landmark on the way to 32Gbps http://www.infoworld.com/d/networking/fibre-channel-hits-key-landmark-the-way-32gbps-232043?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>Faster SANs are on the horizon as the next Fibre Channel specification, calling for 32Gbps (Gigabits per second), nears publication.</p> <p>Fibre Channel is the traditional interface for storage area networks and is still widely used amid newer alternatives such as iSCSI and FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet). Since its beginnings nearly 20 years ago, Fibre Channel has steadily advanced to the 8Gbps gear widely used today and 16Gbps technology, which enterprises are just starting to adopt.</p> Networking Storage Storage Area Network Networking Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:43:08 +0000 admin 232043 at http://www.infoworld.com VMware adds more scale to Virtual SAN beta http://www.infoworld.com/d/storage/vmware-adds-more-scale-virtual-san-beta-231657?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>VMware has posted a new beta release of Virtual SAN (VSAN) that lets enterprises add more storage capacity and management features.</p> <p>Server virtualization is still VMware's bread and butter, but the company has this year expanded its aspirations to include the whole data center, including networks, storage as well as servers.</p> Storage Virtualization EMC VMware Storage Virtualization Storage Area Network Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:35:46 +0000 admin 231657 at http://www.infoworld.com Review: Flash your way to better VMware performance http://www.infoworld.com/d/virtualization/review-flash-your-way-better-vmware-performance-229521?source=rss_storage_area_network <div style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 200px; height: 150px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/ed_choice_small.gif" alt="PernixData FVP" width="200" height="150" align="right" /></div> <p>When it comes to making virtual server farms easier to manage, the SAN is the great enabler. But when it comes to maximizing virtual server performance, the SAN is the great bottleneck.</p> Storage Virtualization EMC VMware Server Virtualization Solid State Drives Storage Area Network Storage Virtualization Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 229521 at http://www.infoworld.com VMware VSAN: Inside the revolutionary new approach to storage http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/vmware-vsan-inside-the-revolutionary-new-approach-storage-225962?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>A big part of the messaging delivered at EMC VMware's 10th annual <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/virtualization/vmworld-2013-networking-and-storage-take-center-stage-225563">VMworld trade show</a> last week surrounded <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/data-center/understanding-the-software-defined-data-center-225652">the software-defined data center</a>.</p> Data Center Data Explosion Storage Virtualization EMC VMware Storage Virtualization Network-attached Storage Solid State Drives Storage Area Network IDG Insider Tue, 03 Sep 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 225962 at http://www.infoworld.com Review: HP 3PAR conjures powerful storage magic http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/review-hp-3par-conjures-powerful-storage-magic-218133?source=rss_storage_area_network <div id="image"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/HP_3PAR_7400.jpg" alt="Review: HP 3PAR StoreServe 7400" /></div> <div style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 200px; height: 150px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/ed_choice_small.gif" alt="Review: HP 3PAR conjures powerful storage magic" width="200" height="150" align="right" /></div> <p>If you believe in magic quadrants, then it will come as no surprise that <a href="http://www.gartner.co</p> Data Center Storage Hewlett-Packard (HP) Storage Area Network Storage Server Data Center Storage Wed, 08 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 218133 at http://www.infoworld.com The impossible enterprise data security challenge http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/the-impossible-enterprise-data-security-challenge-215085?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>In my post last week, I described some of the basic challenges in <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/deleting-data-the-critical-step-youre-likely-doing-wrong-214664">ensuring that data you delete actually stays deleted</a>. In the context of personal computers and removable drives, these concepts can be confusing for users but are usually fairly well understood by IT pros. But IT pros are often confused when deleting data in the context of storage virtualization in their data centers.</p> Data Center Data Explosion Data Management Storage Data Loss Prevention Data Security Storage Area Network Storage Management IDG Insider Mon, 25 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 215085 at http://www.infoworld.com QLogic promises speed, simplicity with first cache-on-adapter products http://www.infoworld.com/d/storage/qlogic-promises-speed-simplicity-first-cache-adapter-products-214986?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>QLogic's technology for clustered cache storage on SAN adapters will hit the market this month in the form of adapters with integrated 200GB or 400GB flash cards.</p> <p>The company announced the technology last year and called it Mt. Rainier. It will let enterprises add cache storage to physical servers just by installing a QLogic Fibre Channel adapter and one driver, and pool multiple caches across a cluster of servers, according to the company.</p> Storage Storage Area Network Storage Management Thu, 21 Mar 2013 18:01:57 +0000 admin 214986 at http://www.infoworld.com Why recover from disaster when you can avoid it? http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/why-recover-disaster-when-you-can-avoid-it-212543?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>As I write this on a cold winter Friday afternoon, most of the Northeastern United States is abuzz in preparations for an incoming blizzard. By the time this posts, we'll all know whether the "snowmageddon" Storm Nemo hype spun by the weather folks was true.</p> Data Center Data Explosion Backup and Recovery Disaster Recovery Storage Area Network IDG Insider Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 212543 at http://www.infoworld.com The secret to building primary storage for the private cloud http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/the-secret-building-primary-storage-the-private-cloud-205316?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>As with all things "cloud" these days, there's an interesting dichotomy between those who are head over heels excited about the huge potential of private cloud approaches and those who see it as a marketing-driven rebrand of what everyone is already doing: <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/lets-kick-virtual-the-curb-194140">virtualizing the data center</a>. In the end, the truth is somewhere in between.</p> Cloud Computing Data Center Data Explosion Cloud Storage Private Cloud Storage Area Network Data Center IDG Insider Mon, 22 Oct 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 205316 at http://www.infoworld.com Veeam eases SAN snapshot restoration http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/veeam-eases-san-snapshot-restoration-200356?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>In the lead-up to EMC VMware's closely followed VMworld conference, many infrastructure vendors are taking advantage of the spotlight to roll out their latest goods. One such announcement from Veeam caught my eye: It will show a new capability called Veeam Explorer for Snapshots that will be released with Veeam Backup and Replication 6.5, due by 2013.</p> Data Explosion Storage Virtualization Backup and Recovery Server Virtualization Storage Area Network Mon, 20 Aug 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 200356 at http://www.infoworld.com Scale-out SSD shatters performance records http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/scale-out-ssd-shatters-performance-records-198831?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>About a year ago, I wrote about <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/its-official-ssds-rule-the-high-end-082">the ever-decreasing role of spinning disks</a> in highly transactional OLTP storage workloads. Back then, Texas Memory Systems had just released test results for its RamSan-630 SSD storage product that achieved more than 400,000 SPC-1 I/Os per second (IOPS) at a cost of $1.05 per I/O -- a truly remarkable performance result that was (and is) impossible to achieve with traditional disks at the same price.</p> Data Explosion Storage High-Performance Computing Solid State Drives Storage Area Network IDG Insider Mon, 30 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 198831 at http://www.infoworld.com Review: HP Virtual SAN Appliance teaches dumb storage new tricks http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/review-hp-p4000-vsa-teaches-dumb-storage-new-tricks-198528?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>Since Hewlett-Packard acquired LeftHand Networks in 2008, it has continued to develop LeftHand's complete line of software-based iSCSI storage under the HP LeftHand P4000-series moniker. Based on the feature-rich SAN/iQ 9.5 software platform, the currently available P4000 G2 series includes a range of different physical form factors based on HP's ProLiant server line, as well as the virtualized P4000 VSA (Virtual SAN Appliance), which runs on VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V.</p> Data Center Storage Virtualization Server Virtualization iSCSI Storage Area Network Data Center Storage Virtualization IDG Insider Wed, 25 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 198528 at http://www.infoworld.com The surprise price of the integrated, virtualized data center http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/the-surprise-price-of-the-integrated-virtualized-data-center-197742?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>Not all that long ago, maintaining firmware and software compatibility among different pieces of data center tech was a fairly easy affair. Upgrading your OS? No problem, a quick check of a compatibility guide would tell you whether your server's BIOS or RAID controller needed to be upgraded. Installing a SAN? You might need to check to see that your existing FibreChannel host-based adapters and switches were at a compatible revision first.</p> Data Center Data Explosion Backup and Recovery Data Center Design Server Virtualization Storage Area Network Storage IDG Insider Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 197742 at http://www.infoworld.com When the data center goes down: Preparing for the big one http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/when-the-data-center-goes-down-preparing-the-big-one-197158?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>It's a calm, sunny weekend day without a cloud in the sky. The barbecue is lit and beers have been cracked open. Things couldn't get any better. But lurking somewhere in the power grid is a faulty component that's been hanging by a thread for weeks. And it has picked today to be its last.</p> Data Center Data Explosion Storage Virtualization Data Center Design Disaster Recovery Server Virtualization Storage Area Network IDG Insider Mon, 09 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 197158 at http://www.infoworld.com Bye-bye, tapes: How to get the right disk backup appliance http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/bye-bye-tapes-how-get-the-right-disk-backup-appliance-194651?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>Although disk-to-disk backup methodologies have become incredibly popular over the past few years, the vast majority of enterprises -- large and small -- still use the same tape backups they implemented years ago. As time goes on, however, more and more old-school backup implementations will reach a breaking point where either capacity or performance can't get the job done.</p> Data Explosion Data Management Storage Data Deduplication Network-attached Storage Storage Area Network Tape Drives IDG Insider Mon, 04 Jun 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 194651 at http://www.infoworld.com Your fateful decision: NFS or iSCSI? http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/your-fateful-decision-nfs-or-iscsi-193991?source=rss_storage_area_network <p>Over the last several weeks, I've delved into forgotten aspects of <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/build-bulletproof-network-ip-storage-192467">building an IP storage network</a> and how to best leverage it with both <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/get-your-storage-network-right-nfs-193011">NFS</a> and <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-explosion/iscsi-storage-networking-what-you-need-know-193355">iSCSI</a> -- the two dominant IP storage protocols used in virtualization.</p> Data Explosion Storage FibreChannel iSCSI Network-attached Storage Storage Area Network Networking Storage Virtualization IDG Insider Tue, 29 May 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Matt Prigge 193991 at http://www.infoworld.com