Storage Virtualization White Papers

Storage Virtualization refers to the process of completely abstracting logical storage from physical storage. The physical storage resources are agregated into storage pools, from which the logical storage is created. With storage virtualization, multiple independent storage devices, that may be scattered over a network, appear to be a single monolithic storage device, which can be managed centrally. Storage Virtualization is commonly used in SANs.
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By: Hewlett-Packard     Published Date: Aug 02, 2013

When rack-mounted servers first appeared on the scene in the 1990s, they offered considerable advantages over the behemoth boxes they replaced. Their small, standardized footprint went a long way toward making data centers easier to manage. In the ensuing decades, form factor size and compute power have had an inverse relationship. Their universal standardization earned them the nickname “pizza box” servers, and it was a key driver of the scale-out computing model popular in the early 2000s. Populating a rack of eight servers and either clustering them or implementing failover from one to the other was far easier than previously possible.

Tags : blade, servers, infrastructure, ip networks, local area networking, network management, backup and recovery, blade servers
    
By: Hewlett-Packard     Published Date: Aug 02, 2013

Virtualization was supposed to be the disruptive technology that saved IT. The cost savings from consolidation and the ease at which applications can be deployed promised to vastly improve delivery of IT services, free up IT staff to work on other projects, and not strain budgets. Unfortunately, lack of insight into IT resource status in highly virtualized environments and the complexity of the interactions between server, storage, and network elements have added to IT staff manual workloads and led most companies to dedicate too much time to operations and not enough time to innovation. This basically negates the major benefits of virtualization.

Tags : virtualization, optimization, blade infrastructure, infrastructure, blade, ip networks, network management, network performance
    
By: Hewlett-Packard     Published Date: Aug 02, 2013

Every data center IT manager must constantly deal with certain practical constraints such as time, complexity, reliability, maintainability, space, compatibility, and money. The challenge is that business application demands on computing technology often don’t cooperate with these constraints. A day is lost due to a software incompatibility introduced during an upgrade, hours are lost tracing cables to see where they go, money is spent replacing an unexpected hardware failure, and so on. Day in and day out, these sorts of interruptions burden data center productivity. Sometimes, it’s possible to temporarily improve the situation by upgrading to newer technology. Faster network bandwidth and storage media can reduce the time it takes to make backups. Faster processors — with multiple cores and larger memory address space — make it possible to practically manage virtual machines.

Tags : bladesystem, blade, infrastructure, blade infrastructure, blade servers, storage virtualization, best practices, productivity
    
By: Hewlett-Packard     Published Date: Aug 02, 2013

This report documents the results of ESG Lab’s hands-on testing and validation of the HP 3PAR StoreServ 7000 storage array, with a focus on autonomic simplicity, efficient unified storage, application performance, and resilience for mid-range enterprises.

Tags : esg, storeserv, storage area networks, storage management, storage virtualization, data center design and management
    
By: Hewlett-Packard     Published Date: Aug 02, 2013

"Cloud computing, also known as 'IT as a Service', is predicated on delivering IT services on demand, an idea that has support from business leaders as a way to better align IT with business operations. Cloud computing has two key requirements: virtualized applications and seamless support and integration between the server, networking, storage and hypervisor components. In this paper, we explore these concepts and highlight the critical features necessary to move beyond server virtualization by leveraging key integration capabilities between IT components-with a particular focus on the important role that storage plays in the evolution of the datacenter architecture."

Tags : datacenter, architectures, cloud, virtualization, blade servers, network attached storage, storage management, storage virtualization
    
By: Hewlett-Packard     Published Date: Aug 02, 2013

As the amount of information we generate grows, and as our relationship with information grows more complex, the race to innovate new products and services to help us harness information, manage it, and tap into it more easily intensifies. This paper discusses the continuing development of HP’s strategy for delivering Converged Storage that improves the ability of your business to capitalize on information. Building on the foundation provided by fusing industry-standard technologies, federated scale-out software, and converged management, HP is now extending Converged Storage into new solutions and segments with a new initiative that introduces the next evolution of this HP Converged Storage strategy and vision.

Tags : storage, converged storage, backup and recovery, blade servers, ip storage, network attached storage, storage area networks, storage management
    
By: Sponsored by HP and Intel®     Published Date: May 09, 2013

This IDC paper “Business Value of Blade Infrastructures” indicates the considerable cost savings and the improved agility of the IT infrastructure by migrating to an HP BladeSystem environment. In fact, HP BladeSystem cut data costs by 68%. Customers participating in this study were able to pay back their initial investment in just over 7 months, a significant factor given the financial constraints most IT organizations are facing.

Tags : storage, blade, server, infrastructure, study, business value, roi, bandwidth management
    
By: Sponsored by HP and Intel®     Published Date: May 09, 2013

Uncover the impact modern business demands are having on corporate networks today and learn what you must do to ensure your network performs the way you need it to for business success.

Tags : virtualization, agile, security, network, network performance, distributed computing, infrastructure, load balancing
    
By: Nutanix, Inc.     Published Date: May 07, 2013

This report defines storage-centric virtualized infrastructure, its opportunity and use cases, and the emerging vendor landscape that IT infrastructure and operations groups should evaluate as they purse the software-defined data center.

Tags : converged infrastrucutres, storage, virtualization, server, storage-centric, lun, modular expansion, backup and recovery
    
By: Wolfe     Published Date: Apr 18, 2013

Cloud services create a compelling case to move application processing and storage out of the data center and onto the network.

Tags : ethernet, cloud, application processing, storage, data center, network, voip, unified communications
    
By: SilverSky     Published Date: Apr 16, 2013

A SilverSky study of 200 U.S. chief information officers and senior level security decision-makers were found that nearly all (97 percent) of respondents indicate their confidence level in the cloud has either increased or stayed the same in the past 12 months. The Silver Lining report provides insights into cloud behavior. Download the report now and see how your peers are feeling about moving to the cloud.

Tags : study, cloud, adoption, cloud security, cio, it security, virtualization, security
    
By: Kaseya     Published Date: Apr 04, 2013

A complete and holistic solution can help organizations create system snapshots that can be restored quickly and efficiently, getting users back up and productive immediately.

Tags : disaster recovery, backup, business continuity, virtualization, security, rto, rpo, sla
    
By: IBM     Published Date: Mar 22, 2013

This document provides a summary of how IBM® Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center supports the IBM System Storage®SAN Volume Controller.

Tags : san, reporting, virtualization, storage, productivity, backup and recovery, storage area networks, storage management
    
By: IBM     Published Date: Mar 22, 2013

Taking a more comprehensive, unified approach to managing data—recovering any data from a single console—can not only reduce your capital and operating costs, but can also provide enhanced application availability for improved IT service levels.

Tags : storage, database, mstorage management, recovery, backup, disaster recovery, backup and recovery, ip storage
    
By: TeamQuest     Published Date: Mar 04, 2013

Virtualization and cloud architectures can actually make it harder to deliver consistent performance to critical applications. Best practice performance management can help IT virtualize applications that require guaranteed performance.

Tags : virtualization, network, performance, cloud, cloud computing, enterprise applications, backup and recovery, blade servers
    
By: Sponsored by HP     Published Date: Feb 26, 2013

Download this paper to learn best practices for Blade environments from Jed Scaramella, research manager of IDC's Services program on behalf of HP's customers.

Tags : blade servers, virtualization, network, storage, datacenter, cost of ownership, roi, backup and recovery
    
By: Sponsored by HP     Published Date: Feb 26, 2013

Featuring Virtualization Best Practices for Reducing Costs

Tags : blade servers, virtualization, network, storage, datacenter, cost of ownership, roi, backup and recovery
    
By: Sponsored by HP     Published Date: Feb 26, 2013

Read this whitepaper to learn how you can build a BladeSystem that fits your organization.

Tags : blade servers, virtualization, network, storage, datacenter, cost of ownership, roi, backup and recovery
    
By: Sponsored by HP     Published Date: Feb 26, 2013

Blade servers can yield significant cost efficiencies over rack servers — while taking up a smaller footprint, consuming less power and providing significant advantages in terms of manageability, scalability and flexibility.

Tags : blade servers, virtualization, network, storage, datacenter, cost of ownership, roi, backup and recovery
    
By: Sponsored by HP     Published Date: Feb 26, 2013

Savvy IT professionals are finding that blade servers are less expensive than traditional rack servers for most new deployments, while also delivering improvements in agility, scalability and manageability.

Tags : blade servers, virtualization, network, storage, datacenter, cost of ownership, roi, backup and recovery
    
By: Sponsored by HP     Published Date: Feb 26, 2013

Modern blade solutions are the heart of flexible, cost-effective infrastructures.

Tags : blade servers, virtualization, network, storage, datacenter, cost of ownership, roi, backup and recovery
    
By: Cisco     Published Date: Feb 05, 2013

Read this whitepaper to better understand a migration to the cloud, how to get started, and what the next steps are for your organization.

Tags : private cloud, roi, network, server, virtualization, infrastructure, network architecture, network management
    
By: Red Hat     Published Date: Feb 01, 2013

IDC looked at the growing capabilities of open source KVM as a hypervisor for Linux and Windows. In particular, they noted that oVirt, commercially supported by Red Hat with Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, has emerged as the open source standard for base KVM management.

Tags : idc, red hat, virtualization, enterprise grade, server virtualization, deployment method, virtual servers, operating system
    
By: Veeam     Published Date: Jan 03, 2013

With the release of Windows Server 2012, Microsoft’s Hyper-V will offer a feature set that is comparable to VMware 5. This whitepaper and video are intended to help VMware admins quickly learn Hyper-V basics.

Tags : data management, storage virtualization, virtualization
    
By: VMware     Published Date: Dec 17, 2012

This technical white paper covers the the vSphere(r) Storage Appliance (VSA) architecture, deployment of a VSA cluster, and basic monitoring and management.

Tags : storage, shared storage, cloud, drs, disaster recovery, backup and recovery, storage management, storage virtualization
    
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