SAP HANA: A real-time challenge to the Oracle empire
With SAP's claims that HANA enables companies to run arbitrary, complex queries on billions of records in a matter of seconds as opposed to hours, the vendors of old legacy traditional databases are facing a major challenge, most notably the king of them all, Oracle.
Visible Ops: Will old IT habits scupper its chances?
With ITIL and change management, the Visible Ops framework promises a new approach to creating an efficient IT operational model. But its chance of success is open to doubt without changes to the way IT is procured, designed, configured, validated and implemented.
vCenter Operations Manager: VMware's move into cloud monitoring?
On the eve of VMworld 2012 and with VMware making serious moves into platform as a service, a VMware-based cloud-monitoring product seems inevitable. So, what's really behind the push for customers to adopt its VM-monitoring tool, vCenter Operations 5.0?
Converged Infrastructure vs Reference Architecture
This last fortnight there’s been a cacophony of hyperbole and at times marketing fluff from vendors and analysts with regards to Reference Architectures and Converged Infrastructures. As IBM launched PureSystems, NetApp & Cisco decided it was also a good time to reiterate their strong partnership with FlexPod.
Cisco UCS – Undisputed Computing Success
Back in March 2009, when Cisco announced the launch of their UCS platform and subsequent intention to enter the world of server hardware, eyebrows were raised including my own. There was never any disputing that the platform would be adopted by some customers, certainly after seeing how Cisco successfully gatecrashed the SAN market and initially knocked Brocade off their FC perch.
Virtual CPUs – The Overprovisioning Penalty of vCPU to pCPU ratios
2011 was a year where despite the economic constraints everything Big was seemingly good; Big Data, Big Clouds, Big VMs etc. Caught in the industry’s lust for this excess, 2011 was also the year I lost count of how many overprovisioned resources to ‘Big’ Production VMs I witnessed.
Exchange Completion Time - Defining Storage Performance
Roll back several years and certain vendors had you believe that Fibre Channel was dead and that the future would be iSCSI. A few years later and certain vendors were then declaring that Fibre Channel was dead again and that the future was FCoE.
vSphere 5, VAAI and the Death of the Storage Array
The launch of vSphere 5 and its new storage related features will set the precedent for a complete rethink on how a new datacenter’s storage infrastructure should be designed and deployed. vSphere 5’s launch is not only an unabashed attempt at cornering every single aspect of the server market but is also a result for the growing need for methodical scalability that merges the I.
Silos – The Unspoken Challenge to the Cloud
On a recent excursion to a tech event I had the pleasure of meeting a well-known ‘VM Guru’, (who shall remain nameless). Having read some of this individual’s material I was excited and intrigued to know his thoughts on how he was tackling the Storage challenges related to VMware especially with Fibre Channel SANs.
Undressing Victoria – Taking a Peek at the New HDS VSP / HP P9500
Back in 2004 HDS launched the USP, which was then followed by the great but not so radically different USP-V in 2007. Within that same time frame, HDS’ main rival in the Enterprise Storage market EMC, busily went about launching the Symmetrix DMX-3, then the DMX-4 and most recently the VMAX.