NetApp changes V-Series to FlexArray, launches new enterprise array

NetApp Inc. today made changes throughout its product line, adding a FAS8000 enterpriseunified storage system and FlexArray storage virtualization software, and updating itsclustered Data Ontap operating system. Enterprise arrays with more capacity, memory, flash The FAS8000 consists of three models that replace the FAS6200 enterprise and FAS3200 midrange arrays. NetApp will continue to sell the FAS2200 entry-level series. The ...

Using the ZFS next-gen filesystem on Linux

If btrfs interested you, start your next-gen trip with a step-by-step guide to ZFS. If you’re not an expert on armored anteaters that’s a pangolin. Aurich Lawson / ThinkStock In my last article on next-gen filesystems, we did something in between a generic high altitude overview of next-gen filesystems and a walkthrough of some of btrfs’ ...

Microsoft reveals its server designs and releases open source code

Redmond joins Facebook’s Open Compute, intends to make servers more efficient. Microsoft Microsoft has joined the Open Compute Project, a consortium that Facebook created to share the designs of servers and other equipment that power the Internet’s largest data centers. Like other Internet giants, Microsoft designs its own servers to be more efficient than standard boxes ...

IO launches an OpenStack cloud running on open source servers

  SUMMARY:IO, which is known for its modular data center designs and specialized data center management software, is getting into the cloud provider space with a new service called IO.Cloud. It’s very open at the foundational level, at least, running OpenStack software on Open Compute hardware. Modular data center expert IO is getting into the cloud ...

EMC finally gets into the all-flash game with first XtremIO units

  SUMMARY:Rivals love to point out that EMC is late to all-flash storage. But now that it’s shipping its new XtremeIO arrays, that may not matter since EMC is, after all, EMC. In one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets, EMC on Thursday is launching solid-state storage arrays resulting from its purchase of XtremIO a year and a ...

New Verizon Cloud turns to AMD SeaMicro servers to do the heavy lifting

  SUMMARY:AMD SeaMicro SM15000 servers will power Verizon’s ambitious new enterprise cloud. This is more bad news for the traditional big server vendors who are seeing market share eaten away by “no name” boxes. You know that brand new enterprise cloud Verizon announced last week? Well, it ain’t gonna run on the usual “name-brand” servers. Instead ...

Can storage hypervisors bring high availability to the cloud?

Can storage hypervisors play a role in bringing high availability to the cloud? A storage hypervisor provides high availability of storage services to cloud infrastructures because it can be deployed across multiple hypervisor servers and still provide a single point of storage management. Storage hypervisors enable data center administrators to virtualize storage assetsregardless if they are SAN-attached disks or ...

How Windows Server 2012 R2 will change storage management

Microsoft Corp. revealed its forthcoming Windows Server 2012 R2 at this month’s TechEd conference. Although a preview build won’t be available for download for a few weeks, Microsoft has given us a tantalizing glimpse into what we can expect from the new operating system. As you probably know, the original Windows Server (WS) 2012 release was jam-packed ...

Vblock vs. FlexPod: What’s the difference?

In the past month, VMware Inc.’s two biggest storage partners — EMC and NetApp — have been making waves as they develop competing pre-integrated infrastructure stacks to support virtualization. Neither product has flown off the shelves yet, but Vblock and FlexPodhave already acquired contrasting reputations and sparked debate in the market.   MORE ON PRECONFIGURED STACK OFFERINGS NetApp FlexPod takes on ...

FlexPod

FlexPod is a reference architecture for server, storage and networking components that are pre-tested and validated to work together as an integrated infrastructure stack. The stack consists of products from multiple vendors and is sold by storage vendor NetApp Inc. or its value-added resellers (VARs) and systems integrators. A FlexPod infrastructure stack consists of NetApp FAS storage, Cisco Systems Inc. Unified ...