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"Why your Storage isn't always to blame" What are they; how do you find them, and how can you proactively avoid them? Wednesday, December 15, 2010 9:30 am PST; 12:30 pm EST; 5:30 pm GMT It's common for Storage Administrators to be blamed from the offset when any performance problems occur. They are then forced into spending hours trying to disprove the false accusations only to be left with a mysterious 10% of the puzzle, namely the SAN fabric. Being told that flopping HBAs, old cables, traffic congestion and zoning conflicts are problems doesn't really help when you haven't got the insight to proactively discover such issues. The need for gaining an insight into the SAN is now predominantly recognized within the industry as Fabric management tools alone fail to address the problem. In this webinar some of the most crucial and often ignored metrics will be looked at s... (more)

VCOPs - VMware’s Move into Cloud Monitoring

Is VMware slowly becoming the new Oracle? That was the question being asked after the backlash to their initial vRAM licensing model at the launch of vSphere 5. With VMware's somewhat quick retraction, it was ensured that any unsavoury Larry Ellison comparisons were quickly put to bed. Despite this it was still a signal of intent and an indication of VMware's recognition of its ever growing influence and clout. Now as VMware make serious manoeuvers into the PaaS space, a VMware based Cloud monitoring solution is a must. So with this in mind what is to be made of the huge marketin... (more)

Resolving the Questions Surrounding the SDDC

Question 1. Vendors are racing to lead the movement towards a software‐defined data centre. Where are we up to in this journey, and how far are we from seeing this trend widely adopted? Considering most organisations have still not fully virtualized or moved towards a true Private Cloud model, SDDC is still in its infancy in terms of mainstream adoption and certainly won't be an overnight process. While typical early adopters are advancing quickly down the software-defined route these are mostly organizations with large scale multi site data centres who are already mature in ter... (more)

Top Ten Considerations for a Converged Infrastructure Investment

Archie Hendryx looks at the benefits and challenges of managing multiple IT components through a single support solution Many public sector organisations are not changing their ICT legacy systems. As a result, they face increasing number of inefficiencies and challenges. These issues can nevertheless be overcome, and performance increased, by managing these legacy systems within a converged infrastructural environment. This approach can also reduce the risks associated with legacy systems, such as security, missing functionality, increased complexity and operational expenditure.... (more)

The Inevitability of the Hybrid Cloud

How have most organizations been building hybrid clouds to date? Despite all the marketing and promotion surrounding the benefits of dynamically bursting into a hybrid cloud from inception, this rarely seems to be the case. If anything the current trend towards building hybrid clouds still stems from an organic growth and demand that has emanated from either an existent public or private cloud deployment. Certainly private clouds are the most common origins of hybrid clouds as organisations look towards adding further agility to the many benefits they've attained. A lot of organi... (more)

Monitoring the SAN shine with Virtual Instruments

It was about three months ago that one of my friends had informed me he was leaving HDS to join a company named Virtual Instruments. ‘Virtual Instruments?’ I asked myself, trying to fathom if I’d have heard of them before only to realize that I had once seen a write up on their SAN monitoring solution, which was then termed NetWisdom. I was then inadvertently asked to mention Virtual Instruments in one of my blogs - nice try pal but I had made it clear several times before to vendors requesting the same that I didn’t want my blog to become an advertising platform. Despite this... (more)