Storage Jumps on the Virtualization Bandwagon [IBM]

With the adoption of server virtualization opening the Data Center to a new world of versatility, flexibility and efficiency, the need for this capability throughout the entire Data Center has become more apparent. But, once your servers are virtualized, what’s the next step?

Storage virtualization brings to the storage world what server virtualization brought to the server world. With storage virtualization, you have the ability to grow, manage, manipulate and be more flexible with storage for all applications in the business. This increased management and flexibility will better marry the storage to the servers thus creating a more efficient infrastructure and additional flexibility to better respond to your business needs.

One of the next greatest pain points for every business is storage. This pain can stem from a number of places including: [Read more…]

Going from 1,600 cables to 28 in your Data Center [NetApp]

NetApp & Softchoice helped an Atlanta-based company virtualize

Like many growing companies, a Softchoice customer specializing in printing supplies was relying on a hosted data center to enable efficient operations. But when costs and power usage continued to mount, the company needed to do something different.

The Atlanta-based organization partnered with Softchoice to build a virtualized dynamic data center that would use far less power and space – dramatically reducing their costs.

Softchoice recommended NetApp due to its native support of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) giving the customer an end-to-end solution that allowed them to: [Read more…]

Unified Computing & Data Center Evolution [Cisco]

The history of enterprise computing has been marked by compromises between scale and simplicity. As systems increased in scale, they also increase in complexity. As the complexity increased, so did the expense of deployment and ongoing management.

What we see resulting is that organizations must continually increase resources to maintain a growing, complex, and inflexible infrastructure versus using them to rapidly and effectively respond to business needs.

IT organizations are seeking ways to change that – they need to decrease costs of ownership while increasing IT business value. As a result the data center is in the midst of a major transformation. Data Center Virtualization has created a market transition where IT organizations are trying to reduce costs and increase flexibility. However, too often we see inflexible existing hardware platforms so that data center administrators spend too much time on basic tasks instead of focusing on more strategic initiatives.

As a next-generation data center platform, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), can help unite computing, networking, storage access and virtualization into a cohesive solution. It integrates a low latency, lossless 10 Gb Ethernet unified fabric with enterprise-class, x86-architecture servers. What we see with this approach is that it decouples scale from complexity. Whether the system has 1 server or 320 servers with thousands of virtual machines, all resources participate in a unified management domain all of which is designed to: [Read more…]