Availability and Scalability for Physical, Virtual and Cloud Data Centers

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Sanbolic announced on Thursday that Melio now includes the ability to dynamically migrate storage volumes between heterogeneous storage arrays without application interruption. The new capability provides customers with the flexibility to match storage resources with changing workload requirements on Windows-based physical or virtual servers, as well as to easily migrate to new storage array hardware. Sanbolic Melio is a flexible, dynamically assignable shared storage platform for physical and virtual Windows-based servers. Melio enables advanced storage management capability using any industry standard SAN storage hardware. Features of the Sanbolic software platform include the creation of a single, flexible storage pool from multiple SAN storage arrays, centralized volume management, and shared read-write access to data on block storage for any Windows-based serv... (more)

New File Systems for Microsoft Windows

Microsoft recently announced that they will be introducing a new file system, ReFS, with Windows 8, retaining some elements of NTFS file system while providing new features to improve performance, scalability, and resiliency. Melio from Sanbolic ... (more)

SSD and Server-side Flash Scale Out: What to Look For

Server-side Flash Scale Out: What to Look For Everyone and their brother seems to be promising “SSD and flash high availability and scale out” these days. But what exactly is it, why do you want it, and what features should you look for? “Scale-out,” of course means expanding the amount of work your servers can do. The workload can be either block- or file-based, ranging from application serving to Web serving to database access. Such scale-out is only effective, of course, if it can be done as inexpensively as possible and as quickly as possible utilizing all the hardware and so... (more)

The Need for Software-Defined Data Management Platform

Data center architecture has been evolving rapidly as enterprise compute resources have moved from physical machines to virtualized on-premise machines to hybrid environments which incorporate cloud-based resources. VMware pioneered server virtualization in the enterprise and now describes a vision of the software-defined data center in which compute, network, and storage resources are all abstracted from the physical hardware they run on. Although VMware’s acquisition of Nicira is a step toward this goal, network and storage resources still tend to be tethered to proprietary har... (more)

Why is The Problem with Storage in Virtual and Cloud Computing so hard?

Continuing the post from last week, today we would cover – Why is it so hard? Many vendors have been introducing tools for automating the provisioning of storage silos, for monitoring utilization and performance of storage silos, for making snap ... (more)