The Business Case for Convergence

Today's IT landscape is being driven by business outcomes. As IT teams evaluate new technologies they are using a simple framework to determine which product meets their requirements in an ecosystem that is becoming less and less differentiated. First, the solution has to save the business money. This can be realized by a lower cost … Continue reading The Business Case for Convergence

33 Flavors of Flash

So maybe not 33, but there are so many different ways to approach flash in a data center environment. The correct approach depends on multiple factors, and understanding the differences between the varying architectures is critical. It is also important to remember the soft criteria. Your solution should simplify administration, reduce risk of data loss, improve … Continue reading 33 Flavors of Flash

Converged or "Build Your Own" VDI

Building out a VDI infrastructure requires great care and planning. Do you have enough performance from your storage infrastructure? Do you have a well defined performance objective for your users? Are you going to use a converged platform for your infrastructure or do you plan to leverage a reference architecture? Do you even know where to … Continue reading Converged or "Build Your Own" VDI

Middle Management Sucks

...unless you are talking about data management. That's right. Data Management features like thin provisioning, snapshot and cloning, replication, deduplication, and compression are what make managing the data in your environment easier. This middle layer of management helps drive data reduction, but also drives things like data protection, disaster recovery, business continuity. They also contribute … Continue reading Middle Management Sucks