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Sanjays | 17 Jun 2011 | 0 comments

Here's an interesting architecture around the emerging trends around storage and specifically around scale-out NAS solutions. This article does a good job explaining the needs for scale-out NAS solutions and their evolution into cloud based solutions.

The article mentions some potential solutions that include Symantec's FileStore product. FileStore is one of the fastest performing scale-out NAS solutions in the market. While VirtualStore is not mentioned in this article it is a completely software solution that can be used to gain the same benefits mentioned in the article while using existing storage hardware.

Check out the blog at: http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/feature/Scale-out-NAS-object-storage-cloud-gateways-replacing-file-storage?asrc=EM_USC_14145246&...

Mike Reynolds PMM | 16 Jun 2011 | 0 comments

If you are considering Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, checkout this blog from DCIG.  In the blog, Jerome Wendt discusses how SSDs and deduplication are key technologies for delivering a successful, large VDI deployment.     

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Deduplication and SSDs are becoming viewed as prerequisite technologies to ensure successful VDI deployments for two primary reasons.

  • There is a substantial amount of duplication of files when migrating desktops to VDI environments. This creates a need for a large amount of storage.
  • Booting a desktop requires reading from the disks on which its images reside. It is when multiple desktops are booted at the same time that contention occurs and performance is negatively impacted

Deduplication and SSDs can be used in combination to tackle these...

RyanJancaitis | 14 Jun 2011 | 0 comments

 

Look back over the past 20 years and think about the size of drives you’ve purchased.  The first PC I owned ran Windows 95 and had a gigantic 512 MB hard-drive.  This machine was used primarily for writing papers, emacs based email, and ‘surfing the net’.  There was no way I could ever conceive of filling up my drive and thought I’d have the machine for years.  Then the default format for music and photos was digitized, and it quickly ran out of space.  When I bought my next PC, it had 8 times the storage, but came at a similar price.

That’s in the consumer space – where it gets interesting from the Enterprise Storage perspective.  When SANs were gaining popularity for their speed and capacities back in the early 2000’s, 10 TB SANs were enormous and only reserved for the largest and most IT aggressive customers.  In 2001, EMC Symmetrix 8000’s could be configured from 72 GB to...

Fahima | 21 Nov 2010 | 0 comments

Facing challenges around storage utilization and performance in virtual infrastructures? Increase in storage consumption could have a dramatic impact on your IT budget. Deploying virtual machines is not as efficient when deploying thousands. And from your end-user’s perspective, when a large number of users log into their desktops simultaneously, performance can suffer dramatically.

Symantec VirtualStore helps you fully benefit from your virtualization investments by addressing virtualization’s storage challenges. Based on Veritas Cluster File System technology, VirtualStore is built for VMware virtual machine management in the form of a highly scalable, clustered NAS solution. It allows for rapid provisioning of servers and virtual machines, and efficient, space-optimized cloning and boot-up of virtual machines, all through VMware’s management console, vCenter. It allows you to:

  • Reduce virtual desktop cost by as much as 50% as compared to...