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Reading Time: 3 minutes My briefing with Spectra Logic, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Steve Mackey (VP International). The company design and deliver innovative data protection through tape and disk-based backup, recovery and archive storage solutions. Compared to previous companies met during this event, this is one with a long history (over 30 years of experience in storage) and it well know in the US, but honestly not the same in EMEA (or at least not in Italy) and, in fact, one of their mission is increase the market share in EMEA.

Reading Time: 2 minutes My briefing with APTARE, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Nigel Houghton (Regional director of sales EMEA). APTARE is the leading independent provider of enterprise data center optimization software that helps companies maximize their storage environment, reduce TCO (total cost of ownership) and ensure that their critical data is protected. The company has a long history because was founded in 1993 by a team of enlightened computer software engineers that focused on designing and delivering transactional database systems that were massively scalable in two dimensions: capacity and performance.

Reading Time: 4 minutes My briefing with Virtual Instruments, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Skip Bacon (CTO) and Chris James (EMEA Marketing Director). Virtual Instruments is a company focused in Infrastructure Performance Management for physical, virtual, and cloud computing environments. The VirtualWisdom® platform provides end-to-end visibility into real-time performance, health and utilization metrics from the entire systems stack. Virtual Instruments drives improved performance and availability while lowering the total cost of the infrastructure supporting mission-critical applications.

Reading Time: 4 minutes My briefing with Avere Systems, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Rebecca Thompson (VP Marketing) and Bernhard “Bernie” Behn (Principal Technical Marketing Engineer). Avere Systems brings to the market NAS Optimization solutions designed specifically to scale performance and capacity separately and take advantage of new Flash-based storage media using real-time tiering. The company was founded on 2008 by a team of seasoned storage experts, and the President and CEO Ronald Bianchini, Jr. was a Senior Vice President at NetApp. Before it, he was CEO and Co-Founder of Spinnaker Networks, which developed the […]

Reading Time: 3 minutes My briefing with Violin Memory, during the last Powering the cloud event, was with Garry Veale (Managing Director, EMEA). The company was founded on 2005, but has started with first products released on 2009 (due to the long research and development and the high standard quality reached before goes to the market). The main focus is build Flash Memory Arrays for Enterprise Data Storage (note that the target is the Enterprise, and actually not the SMB). In the EMEA region they have offices in UK, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain with more than 50 people. […]

Reading Time: 1 minute After years of development, Microsoft launched the latest version of Windows (with the NT version 6.2), with a official announce of its CEO Steve Ballmer during product’s launch event in New York on October 25, 2012. It is most probably the most radical version of the Windows OS (at least in the aspect, in the design was NT 6.0) and the client OS is mainly designed for new mobile devices like tablets, but can also be used on desktop PC (but need more training on it). Windows 8 is the new client OS and the […]

Reading Time: 1 minute VMware has recently released several patches for its vCloud Suite: VMware vCenter Server 5.1.0a and modules (Release Notes) VMware vSphere Data Protection 5.1.1 (Release Notes) vSphere Storage Appliance 5.1.1 (Release Notes) VMware vCloud Networking and Security 5.1.1 vCloud Director 5.1.1 Note also that View 5.1.x is now finally supported on vSphere 5.1; you have to install the patch for vSphere 5.1 as described in the KB 2035268. For more information about the patch, see VMware ESXi 5.1, Patch Release ESXi510-201210001 (2034548).

Reading Time: 1 minute Veeam has recently released the new version of his backup product, announced during the VMworld EU and with several new features. Also it include new compatibility matrix: New hypervisor support: VMware vSphere 5.1 and Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V To download the product, or the trial go to the download page. There is also a video with Doug Hazelman that explain the main new features:

Reading Time: 1 minute Network tuning and offload Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2012 (DOC) Network Subsystem Performance Tuning Networking Adapter Performance Guidelines (on Windows Server 2008 R2, but still good) Specific technologies Registered I/O Networking Extensions (RIO): Microsoft site, alternative site Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ) IPsec Task Offload Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV): Overview of Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV), What is SR-IOV? (Scott Lowe’s Blog), PCI SIG Specifications Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V & Data Centre Bridging (DCB)

Reading Time: 2 minutes With the new Windows Server 2012 there are several improvements in the storage part, expecially when we apply to a Hyper-V enviroment. The main news on the storage part, is that now is possible build a Windows Fail-Over Cluster with a shared SMB3 share and use it for store VMs (in a similar way as NFS could be use to NAS connectivity on a VMware vSphere cluster). Also a specific function (Virtual Fibre Channel) as been added to map a FC SAN LUN directly to a VM (similar to the same function in VMware vSphere). […]

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