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Author:  Eric Slack, Senior Analyst, Storage Switzerland Companies that need to improve application performance, for example, in server virtualization or VDI environments, frequently come to the conclusion that flash is the best strategy. SSD technology is becoming the "go to" solution for enhancing the performance of these kinds of critical production applications. After realizing that a flash-based solution is warranted, the next question involves implementation. What is the most cost-effective way to add solid state flash technology into an existing production environment? For IT organizations that have multiple primary servers needing this performance boost, most find themselves looking at network based storage appliances as they can be easily shared across all servers and applications. Two alternatives, all-flash arrays and hybrid storage systems, are often co... (more)

Can You Trust VDI Storage Benchmarks?

by George Crump, Storage Switzerland VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) implementation projects are going to be priorities for many IT Managers in 2013 and a key concern will be end-user acceptance. If the users don't embrace their virtual desktops they won't use them and the project is doomed to failure. The key to acceptance is to provide users with an environment that feels the same, performs better and is more reliable than their current stand-alone system. The storage system bears most of the responsibility in delivering that experience. IT managers who want to capitalize ... (more)

Astute Announces VDI Survey Results

Astute Networks has announced findings from a North American survey on the dynamics influencing the adoption rate of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). The findings revealed a strong interest in solid state flash-based storage as a critical solution to overcome key VDI implementation challenges including cost, complexity, and performance. The survey, which was conducted in December 2012 and was anonymous to the respondents, found that as many as 86 percent of respondents that plan to implement VDI in the next year were considering storage systems that either fully or partiall... (more)

Forget Managing Each VM; Single Image’s the Ticket

CloudVolumes started out a couple of years ago as SnapVolumes and shed its stealth cocoon in November when it announced $2.3 million in seed financing and began beta testing its enterprise-class Instant Workload Management (IWM) solution to what IDC has dubbed the "virtualization management gap." CloudVolumes began because, like IDC, it reckoned there was no way to manage the virtual sprawl that's being created with the processes and tools that are in place. The traditional tools that managed applications in the world of physical servers and desktops aren't suited to virtual envir... (more)

Can VDI Save IT from BYOD Headaches?

There's no doubt, personal mobile devices have permanently, and in many cases positively, altered the workplace. They've given employees flexibility in terms of where, when and how they work, offered new ways to collaborate and even delivered cost savings for employers. However, with the good comes the bad. There's no arguing, BYOD has made corporate data more vulnerable than ever before. From unsecured laptops to rogue employees who maliciously attack the network through their own devices, the challenges facing IT are immense. In fact, a recent study shows that the majority of ... (more)

Red Sox, Pumpkins and Packet Encapsulation

[This is not really about the Red Sox or pumpkins this Halloween, but how could I not use those in the title? Go Red Sox] I left an awful teaser at the end of my article last week. In Brent Salisbury's original article that triggered some of these additional virtualization thoughts, he articulated two very clear differences between native network based L2 virtualization mechanisms and the mechanisms that are being provided by overlay solutions based mostly in server vSwitch infrastructure. These two fundamental functions are MAC learning and tunnel encapsulation. In today's post... (more)