What to consider if you’re looking to adopt flash storage

Until recently, flash-based data storage has been significantly more expensive than spinning disk drives. This has typically made it only feasible for organizations with deep pockets or niche applications that required high performance. But the price of flash has definitely dropped, and many traditional vendors and upstart vendors have matured their technologies through new configurations and software. more

Accelerating Microsoft SQL with Flash Technology

With the ever increasing demand for speed and throughput, SQL databases can present performance challenges to enterprise businesses that rely on them. Many organizations have resolved this in part by adopting flash technology. Microsoft’s recently announced licensing changes provide further incentive to integrate flash technology. Databases were some of the first applications to leverage flash arrays. They are the preferred choice to accelerate high-performance OLTP – Online Transaction Processing applications on Microsoft SQL server databases  …>> more

Leading edge network virtualization options are worth watching

Network virtualization
Quickly scaling enterprises are already benefiting from virtualizing applications and storage resources, but with software-defined datacentres now a reality, so is virtualizing network elements to support a growing business. Virtualizing applications and data storage in the enterprises has become a common practice as it allows organizations to quickly scale up as business demands require. But with the advent of software-defined networking (SDN) and networks function virtualization (NFV), it’s now possible to virtualize elements of the  …>> more

Disruptive Players Expand Converged Infrastructure Options

Converged Infrastructure word cloud
Major enterprise IT vendors have introduced us to powerful technology to form a converged infrastructure. How will the next generation of companies offering purpose-built approaches in a single appliance change the model – and which approach is right for you? Converged infrastructures are changing how enterprises, large and small, deploy IT infrastructure. By combining compute, network and storage resources together in a single deployment, a converged infrastructure promises increased operational efficiency and business agility. Simply  …>> more

What is the software-defined datacentre?

Over the past decade, server and storage virtualization technologies have revolutionized the datacentre, bringing greater efficiency and flexibility to the provisioning of resources, and at the same time, drastically cutting costs. But what happens when every aspect of the datacentre is virtualized — not just compute and storage, but networking too? And what if these resources could work together in harmony, communicating autonomously among each other to request and provision resources? This is the vision  …>> more

What isn’t the cloud good for?

Data is everywhere. Especially in the cloud.
  There is no shortage of material devoted to discussing cloud-based computing and praising its benefits. Unfortunately as the term “cloud” continues to become more ubiquitous, it’s easy to get the impression that there isn’t anything you can’t do on the cloud. Over the past two years hardware and software vendors have been tripping over themselves trying to reposition products as being closely aligned with the cloud. In fact, I recently read about a manufacturer  …>> more