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  We are all getting ready for Earth Day in one way or another. I taught my three-year old what goes in the recycle bin, and he is quite obsessed with recycling these days - in a good way, that is.  He is certainly doing his part, and I am also doing mine by sharing with you a new book with a very green cover and content to match any IT manager’s “green IT dreams.” I am talking about a must-read for those trying to create an eco-friendly data center while taking advantage of the latest virtualization technologies, but also conserving existing resources, “The Green and Virtual Data Center” book by StorageIO founder Greg Schulz. I own the book, I read the book, and I think this less-than-green IT world needs it. Here’s why.   If you live in the storage and server world, you probably know Greg. He is the friendly analyst ready to give you his straightforward opinion... (more)

Not All Clusters Are the Same

Aaron Passey, CTO of Clustrix, is sharing his expertise as an architect behind both the Isilon and Clustrix solutions. Isilon is now a public storage company; Clustrix launched this summer and is already solving database scalability problems in worldwide customer environments today. Check out the Clustrix blog for more posts from Aaron: http://www.clustrix.com/resources/blog/. Industry Opinion from Aaron Passey, Clustrix CTO There are a wide variety of techniques out there for clustering storage appliances. The question is: what problem are you really trying to solve? If you loo... (more)

An Intro to Cloud Storage for Business

Jeff Bell, director of corporate marketing at Zetta, knows a thing or two about cloud storage. As a storage veteran, Bell understands the importance of cloud-based data protection, which is changing the way organizations are buying, managing and protecting storage. He shared with us the reasons why enterprise users should consider cloud storage: Instant, automatic "backup" With cloud storage, there's no need for CDs, external hard drives, or localized servers. Your data is quickly and automatically updated in the cloud and available for your retrieval whenever you need it. Conti... (more)

Application-Aware Network Performance Monitoring | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps

Application-Aware Network Performance Monitoring for Best User Experience Network Performance Monitoring tools that collect traffic flows (e.g., NetFlow, IPFIX, SFlow) provide much greater insight in what is happening in your network. One of the primary reasons for deploying network performance monitoring tools is to gain insight into the quality of the end user's experience and how applications are performing. This key capability is lacking in a network topology mapping tool. Quite simply put, network topology mapping is not a monitoring tool. Ulrica de Fort-Menares, vice presid... (more)

What to Look for When Selecting a Cloud Storage On-Ramp or Gateway Device

In a recent blog post, Joel Christner, chief scientist at StorSimple, is looking at various factors that customers should be considering in their search for a cloud gateway. When researching their cloud gateway options, Christner advises organizations to consider: Performance - when using cloud storage, you are effectively injecting Internet latency, bandwidth, and packet loss in between your server and its storage.  Gateway devices mitigate this, and an understanding of the architecture - and quantification of the system's performance - will help you understand whether or not ... (more)