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Hitachi LPARs Provide Safe Multi-Tenant Cloud With Intel E5v3

Hitachi’s Intel Xeon based Compute Blade servers (CB 2000 and CB 500) feature an embedded logical partitioning (LPAR) capability implemented in the blade server firmware, based on technology originally developed for Hitachi mainframe and Unix systems to provide platform partitioning [...]

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Evolution of VM Total Cost Calculations and Methods

A little over a year ago, a colleague of mine here at HDS discussed the lack of information on VM total costs, and how to measure and reduce total costs. Michael Heffernan (also known as Heff) and I eventually created [...]

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Vote for HDS at VMworld

VMworld is scheduled for August 26 to 30 in San Francisco. VMworld has opened up the voting for sessions that you would like to see on the agenda. Voting closes June 8th and I would like to call out some [...]

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Observations from a Decade’s Worth of Econ Assessments

We recently acquired a summer intern to compile, clean, index and organize assessment reports/models from economic work done at HDS since 2002. I hope to have an internal library of around 200 case studies, with the focus on more recent [...]

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That Awkward Moment…

When you realize that you need to announce a product that your biggest competitor has had for almost 8 years. That awkward moment when you realize you have been bashing controller based virtualization for the duration of that 8 years, [...]

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Confusion over Consolidation of Storage and Consolidation of Data

Randy Kerns, a blogger on Storage Soup and also a Senior Strategist at Evaluator group, recently blogged about Confusion Over Storage Consolidation. Randy says that “the confusion comes about because of some vendor messaging and what IT storage professionals actually [...]

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Storage Virtualization to Reduce Cost of Copies

I am in the middle of a multi-part blog series on some of the secondary cost benefits of storage virtualization. I posted an entry last week on virtualization’s impact on maintenance, and now will talk about the cost of copies. [...]

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Storage Virtualization Can Reduce the Cost of Maintenance

This is the first in a series of blogs that discusses the impact of enterprise, controller-based virtualization and the impact to secondary costs. By secondary costs, I mean costs that are not usually and obviously measured with virtualization initiatives. In [...]

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Big Data Volume Requirements

Referring back to my last post, I am continuing my series on big data where we are looking at the dimensions of big data: volume, velocity, variety and value, and what we need to do to address them. The first [...]

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Storage Virtualization Can Reduce THAT Cost Too???

Storage virtualization has been proven to reduce many different types of storage related costs. Most notably the costs of migration, asset purchase, cost of waste, floor space, electricity and many others are reduced with controller-based, heterogeneous storage virtualization. When building [...]

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Reclaim vs. Buy (Part 3): Don't get upside down on your costs

This is my 3rd installment of a 4-part series on when/how it is cheaper to reclaim disk as opposed to buying new. The previous 2 entries covered the setup and calculations, now we will look at conditions when each tends [...]

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Reducing Costs or Being More Efficient?

Last Friday the markets were closed, so much of the financial media spent the day talking to analysts to get their views on the recovery, such as it is. One of the top stories in the US was around the [...]

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The Beat Goes On

Technical Deep Dive’s Nigel Poulton responded to my post and Twitter conversation on the relevance of Tier 1 controllers with a post of his own. In his blog, Nigel writes that he believes SSDs have changed the game and the [...]

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Are Tier 1 Controllers Relevant?

Nigel Poulton is a very active tweeter (@nigelpoulton) who is also known for his Technical Deep Dive blog site. I am a close follower of Nigel’s blog posts and tweets, as I always find them interesting and informative. Following my [...]

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Storage Management Efficiency –A Unified Approach

Management efficiency is a key part of storage efficiency. The explosion of data and data types cannot be managed if we continue to take a piecemeal approach to storage management. Most data centers have a mixture of storage products from [...]

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Virtualization Redefines Tier 1 Storage

When you Google the definition of tier 1 storage you get a variety of results. In older definitions of storage tiers, it was all about the media—tier 1 was expensive hard disks, while tier 2 was optical disk and tier [...]

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Videos from on the Road…

I’m out of the office this week—and I plan on continuing my big data case study series as soon as I return—but quickly wanted to reiterate something Claus posted last week. Recently, we were able to sit down and cut [...]

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Big Data – Optimal Storage Infrastructure

There is plenty of talk in the press today about big data, analytics and our next new wave for IT. I would like to present 2-3 blogs on a small but important subset of the big data world: storage infrastructure [...]

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Do More With What You Have

Chris Trotman/Getty Images I am sitting here in Asia—in-between customer events in Bangkok and Jakarta—and the biggest news on international and regional TV is Jeremy Lin and New York Knicks basketball. What a fantastic story! This is a great example [...]

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Storage Performance Efficiency

This is a continuation of my series on storage efficiencies, looking specifically at storage performance efficiencies. Here are just a few considerations. Drive Performance Efficiency While large caches in front of disk drives help to mask the performance of mechanical disks [...]

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