Tag Archives: Storage

Nutanix – the Energizer Bunny of IT Infrastructure

“Software Defined” has become the epithet of the Nutanix solution, but you will always need hardware and hardware will always fail. Recently we installed a relatively new NX-3460 for a Proof of Concept (POC) with all four nodes showing as … Continue reading

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Can Flash Become “General” Storage At Last?

Flash storage has been around for a while now, but to date it has remained too expensive for most organisations – even though the performance benefits offered are so compelling. However it now seems that with MLC prices continuing to fall, and MLC… Continue reading

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Ethernet Fabric – Towards Unified Networking

As Ethernet networks grow they invariably become more complex and difficult to manage, and due to the way they have to be configured they often suffer performance penalties as they grow. Ethernet networks also have to contend with an increasingly … Continue reading

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A comparison of AoE to FC and iSCSI protocols

One of the first issues I have to contend with when talking about Coraid storage and its use of the ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) protocol to transfer data, is the response “Ethernet? Oh, so it’s iSCSI then?”. No it isn’t…. AoE was built from the grou… Continue reading

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A closer look at storage and virtual desktops

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is becoming a hot topic in the wake of server virtualisation. It was one of the areas that generated the most attention at the recent IPExpo 2010 in October and certainly looks to gain momentum in the following… Continue reading

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Keep working whatever the weather with virtual desktops

Many companies will have desks with standard PCs, which then connect to the central network. Most of the work done by the PC is running applications locally (and therefore have to be installed locally on each device), for which the PC runs a 90-20… Continue reading

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