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Microsoft's SMB 3.0 for virtualization
This article is part of the November 2013 Vol. 12 No. 9 issue of Storage magazine
With SMB 3.0 included in Microsoft Windows Server 2012, using Windows file sharing for virtual environments is much faster, safer and easier. Terri McClure outlines some features. The ability to reduce both Capex and Opex, and the potential to deliver greater mobility and agility, has kept server virtualization atop IT priority lists: cited by 26% to 33% of respondents, ESG research has ranked server virtualization first on those lists for three of the past four years. The challenge for many organizations, however, has been implementing virtualization with mission-critical, tier-one workloads. IT organizations are concerned that the aggregation of multiple, dissimilar workloads -- often called the "I/O blender effect" -- will create unpredictable, and therefore unreliable, application performance. And while cost reduction has risen in importance, reducing costs seldom outweighs the need for keeping tier-one production applications at peak performance. The benefits of server virtualization initially come from reducing equipment ...
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Features in this issue
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We asked survey respondents about the effectiveness of the storage management tool they're using in their computing environments and the capabilities they require in a tool.
Columns in this issue
A big cloud storage provider stumbles and everyone gets just a wee bit nervous—but there are lessons to be learned.
All this talk about software-defined storage seems to be missing the point. Hasn't software always defined properly constructed IT infrastructure?
With SMB 3.0 included in Windows Server 2012, using Windows file sharing for virtual environments is much faster, safer and easier.
In the near future, data storage won't be a passive player as it integrates more closely with applications and workloads.