Resources to Broaden Your Virtual Storage Knowledge

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    Five reasons why a VM backup software purchase can go wrong

    Organizations are deploying more virtual machines nowadays. Because of this, they must also understand how to provide the appropriate level of virtual machine backup. This is usually accomplished by using a third-party backup product.

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    Array-based storage virtualization software: How it works and what it's used for

    Virtualization within storage arrays is an evolution of server-based storage virtualization. While it’s required for the operation of modular, scale-out architectures, virtualization has also become an essential feature for the efficient provisioning and management of most array-based storage implementations, from the enterprise on down.

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    Storage benchmark, planning tools for VDI can help alleviate cost overruns

    By now, it’s no secret that organizations considering moving to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) need to plan carefully around the storage that will support the infrastructure.

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    Hyper-V storage best practices to optimize your virtual environment

    Although memory is often referred to as the most important hardware resource in a virtual data center, it is typically storage that has the biggest impact on virtual machine performance.

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    SAN virtualization: Products and best practices for storage virtualization

    Knowing which SAN virtualization products to use and which practices to implement can be challenging. While storage virtualization provides such advantages as management through a central interface and the ability to create enterprise-class functionality from commodity hardware, it also comes with its downsides, including an additional management layer and the fact that you’ll be dealing with both a hardware vendor and a software vendor instead of a single storage system vendor.

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    The fundamentals of troubleshooting VMware performance

    What you will learn: Readers interested in troubleshooting VMware performance in their virtual environments before upgrading to high-storage devices will learn how to optimize their storage network, switches and controllers.

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    Accelerate the performance of virtual machines with flash technology

    What you will learn: Flash-based storage is the logical choice to accelerate the performance of virtual machines, due to its low latency and effectiveness at handling random I/O. Learn how to implement flash in your environment to tackle virtual machine performance issues.

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    VDI implementation without boot storms for Ohio DoDD

    The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DoDD) faced a big decision about its PC infrastructure 18 months ago. It either had to replace 80% of the agency’s desktops because they were between 4 and 7 years old, or move to VDI. Brian Brothers, DoDD’s network administrator manager, found a VDI implementation would be cheaper, and he went with VMware View because it is a VMware shop.

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    Storage for virtual environments

    The notions of consolidation and aggregation, and the anticipated efficiency gains and lower costs that will be realized from those approaches, have been the primary drivers behind the adoption of server virtualization and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

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    Tips for first-time SCSI pass-through disk users

    Although Hyper-V virtual machines are usually configured to use virtual hard disks, they can be configured to connect directly to a physical storage device. A virtual machine can connect to direct-attached storage (DAS) that is physically connected to the host server, or it can connect to a logical unit number on a SAN.

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    Software-defined storage might not be so radical after all

    While software-defined storage is receiving lots of buzz, it isn't as new an idea as it may seem; storage virtualization vendors have been working toward it for years. The idea is that virtualized services based on software will create an infrastructure that can be dynamically defined and able to adapt to changing business needs faster than infrastructures based on physical systems that must be managed independently.

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