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      • Deploying VDI: Predicting your storage needs for a successful project

        Storage has a starring role in any virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) project, and it's commonly considered the make-or-break factor. How well you understand, manage and predict your storage needs -- and how a VDI will impact them -- is the key to a successful project. There's a crucial list of common storage-related VDI challenges, such as the potential for boot storms caused by shared system images and high-volume logins, and the cost of meeting new I/O demands with solid-state drives.

        To understand these obstacles and others that might crop up when deploying VDI, we've assembled our top technical advice and analysis, and included coverage of new techs and free tools that help to provide some insight into the key metrics that guide any VDI project. If you've decided on a VDI deployment project, this in-depth report can help you avoid trouble and help VDI to deliver on its potential.

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      • The evolution of virtual server technology: Hypervisor-aware storage

        As virtual server technology gradually grew to dominance in most data centers, it became apparent that many traditional storage systems weren't up to the task of serving these new virtualized server environments. Performance issues cropped up as SANs and network-attached storage systems struggled to deliver the IOPS and throughput required by virtual machines. But the new virtual server model also helped to create a new category of storage array: hypervisor-aware storage systems that were built from the ground up to provide storage for virtual environments, with a special emphasis on performance and agility.

        This Buyer's Checklist on Purpose-Built Storage for Virtual Servers describes how these storage systems differ from traditional arrays, provides insights into some of their unique features, and offers guidance on evaluating, purchasing and deploying these storage systems.

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      • How to tap into advanced hyper-v features

        This handbook is designed to help data storage professionals manage their Hyper-V deployments, and the impact of Hyper-V on their systems, from the outset instead of waiting for storage performance problems to appear. Learn from experienced IT analysts and Hyper-V specialists how to provision and allocate resources within a Hyper-V deployment. Get real-world tips on treating your Hyper-V deployment as a private cloud and tackling resource content to reduce storage IOPS with file deduplication. This handbook on tapping into advanced Hyper-V features will also help storage pros determine which existing features of Hyper-V, such as the VHDX file format, can boost storage performance in a Hyper-V environment, and how Windows Server 2012 R2 offers the ability to share those VHDX files with the help of Hyper-V.

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      • How to allocate and configure virtual machine storage

        Two key tasks of a virtual server implementation are determining how much storage will be needed to support the system, and how to handle the initial provisioning and configuration of the virtual storage. The complexity of shared storage, inconsistent performance related to resource contention caused by virtual machines competing for available storage resources, and storage management challenges have been the chief areas of concern for any data storage administrator working in a virtualized environment.

        But a number of vendors now offer products that employ techniques and strategies to solve or at least mitigate the storage challenges that have plagued virtual server and VDI deployments. This drill-down on allocating and configuring virtual machine storage provides storage admins with some best practices to configure virtual machine storage in their virtualized data centers.

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      • Backing up virtual servers: A buyer’s checklist

        Effectively backing up virtual servers continues to be an issue for storage shops. In many virtual machine (VM) environments, traditional backup methods and applications are inadequate, either contributing to storage network bottlenecks or simply not getting the job done in a timely manner. Today, however, users have many alternatives rather than using methods designed for physical server environments. There are backup applications built from the ground up for VMs, options added to traditional backup applications that allow backing up both physical and virtual servers, and cloud and hybrid cloud offerings. We’ll describe the available virtual server backup alternatives, provide best-use cases and offer cost analyses for the options.

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