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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... 

  • 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, inconsisten... 

  • Storage hardware for VDI

    Virtual desktops require a lot of storage. Here are some hardware-based storage products and storage appliances that may work well in your VDI environment. You'll also want to consider capacity planning as you design your environment. 

  • Storage for VDI: How to manage your costs

    Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) projects can cause frustration for IT managers who want to keep end users happy and VDI costs on par with the cost of traditional PC implementations. VDIs place different I/O and read/write demands on the storage ... 

  • high availability cluster (HA cluster)

    A high availability cluster is a group of hosts that act like a single system and provide continuous uptime. 

  • converged storage

    Converged storage is the combination of storage and computing hardware and processes to speed delivery time, optimize application performance, and minimize power, cooling, and physical space requirements in virtualized and cloud-based environments. 

  • I/O blender effect

    The I/O blender effect is a phenomenon in virtualized environments that degrades storage performance.  The I/O blender effect occurs when multiple virtual machines (VMs) all send their input/output (I/O) streams to a hypervisor for processing. 

  • disk mirroring (RAID 1)

    Disk mirroring, also known as RAID 1, is the replication of data to two or more disks. Disk mirroring is a good choice for applications that require high performance and high availability such as transactional applications, email, and operating syste... 

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