One OpenStack to Rule Them All: Bare Metal to Clouds

At VMworld 2014, VMware announced its easy-to-install OpenStack distribution, VMware Integrated OpenStack. This got me thinking, as normally OpenStack refers not just to the OpenStack distribution but to a specific underlying hypervisor as well, usually KVM. However, we know that OpenStack works equally well on KVM, vSphere, Hyper-V, and Xen, as it is more of a cloud management layer than a hypervisor. We should probably never lose sight of that little aspect of OpenStack: it is not a hypervisor. As an open-source management stack, it is possible for it to manage cross-hypervisor with a few modifications to its components. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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The Face of the New Backup

Backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity have changed quite a bit over the years, and they will continue to change into the future as more capability, analytics, and functionality are added to the general family of data protection tools. As we launch ourselves into the clouds, we need to perhaps rethink how we do data protection, what tools are available for data protection, and how to use our older tools to accomplish the same goals. We need an integrated data protection plan that not only accounts for cloud or data center failures but also accounts for the need to run within the cloud. There is always the need to get your data there and back again. Solving this problem has been an interesting quest for many. I have seen parts of it solved by many, but few have the entire picture covered. Here is an entire picture of a possible backup scenario: To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in The Virtualization Practice...

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Server-Side, Converged Storage vs. Shared Storage

As I discussed at a recent event and covered in one of our top-read articles, “How Will Storage Controller Technology Evolve in 2014?“, this may be a year of significant change in the way we architect storage. There are three things driving this change. The first is the rise of the Hypervisor (VMware, Hyper-V, Xen, KVM, etc…). The second is the seemingly endless supply of CPU power that allows virtualization to work. And the third is the widespread availability of Flash SSD. These three factors are forcing legacy storage architectures to dramatically change while enabling improved storage architectures to emerge. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Storage Switzerland Weekly...

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