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Virtual Storage Appliances may fundamentally change virtualization landscape

One of the biggest hurdles for virtualization adoption in the small business area has been the need for expensive, shared storage.  The Virtual Storage Appliance is looking to change that.  By utilizing the relatively cheap, attached storage in host systems and pooling those into a storage array, vendors are looking to extend the goodness of […]

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HP extending Data Protector backups to vCloud Director

Many backup vendors support vSphere, VMware’s flagship virtualization platform.  But now, HP’s Data Protector platform supports the extended vCloud layer directly with integration against VMware’s vCloud Director.  Workloads in highly virtualized datacenter are much more dynamic than traditional IT and the addition of vCloud Director to an environment only accellerates the ebb and flow of […]

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VMware introduces new vCloud Suite

This morning, incoming CEO Pat Gelsinger introduced a new bundled product offering – the vCloud Suite.  The solution marries vSphere with vCloud Director, networking and security  to create a fully automated, software-defined datacenter.  The announcement is directly related to needing to change how existing infrastructure is managed to allow it become more agile and save […]

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VMware announces version 5.1 of infrastructure products

Today at VMworld, VMware announced the availability of version 5.1 of its infrastructure products.  New CEO Pat Gelsinger likened the release schedule of VMware’s infrastructure product to the Intel tick-tock release of a major every two years and minor revision on the year in between each major, but for a minor (tock) release, version 5.1 […]

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On the ground at VMworld 2012

I’m on the ground now in San Francisco for VMworld 2012.  This will be an extremely busy week packed with sessions, meetings, keynotes and social meet-ups.  This year seems a little different already than years past that I have attended.  There is a lot less official pre-event news but a lot more rumors and speculation.  That […]

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CloudSystem for Service Providers provides path for cloud brokers

I’ve posted before about my impressions of CloudSystem Service Provider, but it seems I had some facts wrong about the solution. I’ve had a lot of exposure to the core CloudSystem solution from briefings and demonstrations from HP, but whenever discussed, it seems I missed a critical fact about the Service Provider offering. HP is […]

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HP unwraps software suite for Configuration Management

HP today unwrapped a new suite of discovery and configuration products dubbed HP Configuration Management System (CMS) 10.  The suite brings together the latest versions of HP’s Universal Configuration Management Database (UCMDB), Universal Discovery with Content Pack 11, UCMDB Browser and UCMDB Configuration Manager.  It also extends UCMDB with multitenant capabilities specifically for managed service […]

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HP Discover 2012: Driving better backups with StoreOnce Catalyst

You no longer have to think of your disk-to-disk (D2D) backup device as a virtual tape library (VTL) or a file share repository.  HP has introduced a software API, StoreOnce Catalyst, to the StoreOnce backup line and this new API will see the D2D and deduplication product for what it really is.  No longer will […]

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Finding the business case for cloud

I went to New York two weeks ago with a single cloud question still lingering in my head. What is the real technical advantages that are driving people towards cloud. Why is this something I should be considering or advocating at work? Cloud is both a marketing term and a technical term that I am […]

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Taking my cloud backup to Crashplan

A few years ago, I wrote about peer-to-peer backup for the first time.  To date, its one of my most popular articles on the site.  The primary focus of my post was Crashplan, a freely available software that allowed people to backup their data to a friend at no charge.  I have really loved their […]

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