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Data Storage for a Virtual Environment

The Data Storage Solutions for a Virtual Environment topics page provides news articles, tips, tutorials, guides, special reports and podcasts for data storage professionals looking for best practices information about data storage in a virtual environment. Look here for advice and guidance on data storage solutions, software, hardware and services for virtual machines, data storage management for a virtual environment, data storage products for a virtual environment, secure data storage for a virtual environment, as well as guidance around vendors and suppliers offering products and services for a virtual environment.

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  • hyper-converged storage

    Hyper-converged storage is a technology that combines storage, compute, networking and virtualization technologies in one physical unit that is managed as a single system.

  • SDDC (software-defined data center)

    An SDDC (software-defined data center) is a data storage facility in which networking, storage, CPU and security are virtualized and delivered as a service.

  • thin hypervisor

    A thin hypervisor is a stripped down hypervisor that allows multiple operating systems to run on one host.

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File Virtualization

The File Virtualization or NAS Virtualization topics page offers news articles, tips, tutorials, guides, special reports and podcasts for data storage professionals looking for file virtualization best practices information. Look here for advice and guidance on file virtualization, virtualized files, virtualized file servers, global file virtualization, file virtualization software, file virtualization solutions and more. In addition, you can find information about vendors and suppliers involved in file virtualization or NAS virtualization products and services.

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  • network-attached storage (NAS)

    Network-attached storage uses a standard Ethernet connection to provide network nodes with file-based shared storage services.

  • file-area network (FAN)

    A file-area network (FAN) is a set of technologies that facilitate file sharing and data management over a network.

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SAN Virtualization and Consolidation

The SAN Virtualization and SAN Storage Consolidation topics page provides news articles, tips, tutorials, guides, special reports and podcasts for data storage professionals looking for SAN virtualization best practices information. Look here for advice on virtualized SANs; SAN virtualization solutions, products, platforms, services and vendors; SAN virtualization risks, SAN virtualization implementations and architectures, SAN consolidation; virtualized iSCSI SANs, virtualized FC SANs; and more.

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  • storage pools

    Storage pools are capacity aggregated from disparate physical storage resources in a shared storage environment.

  • virtual storage

    Virtual storage is the pooling of physical storage from multiple network storage devices into what appears to be a single storage device that is managed from a central console. The benefit of virtualization is that commodity hardware or less-expensive storage can be used to provide enterprise-class functionality.

  • Storage vMotion

    Storage vMotion is a component of VMware vSphere that allows the live migration of a running virtual machine’s file system from one storage system to another with no downtime.

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Storage Network Virtualization

The Storage Network Virtualization topics page offers news articles, tips, tutorials, guides, special reports and podcasts for data storage professionals looking for storage network virtualization best practices information. Look here for advice and guidance on storage network virtualization, I/O virtualization, I/O virtualization products and standards, I/O devices and I/O resources. In addition, you can find information about vendors and suppliers involved in I/O virtualization and storage network virtualization.

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  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

    Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is a form of cloud computing that provides virtualized computing resources over the internet.

  • I/O virtualization (IOV)

    I/O virtualization (IOV), or input/output virtualization, is technology that uses software to abstract upper-layer protocols from physical connections or physical transports.

  • Hyper-V Virtual Fibre Channel

    Virtual Fibre Channel is a feature in Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0 that lets virtual machines (VMs) connect directly to Fibre Channel (FC)-based storage by using a standard World Wide Name (WWN) associated with a VM.

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Virtual Backup

The Virtual Backup topics page provides news articles, tips, feature stories, tutorials, learning guides, special reports and podcasts for data storage professionals looking for virtualization backup best practices information. Look here for advice on virtualization backup, virtual backup, virtual server backup, VM backup, virtual machine backup and VDI backup technologies, services and vendors. In addition, you can also find information on using file virtualization for remote office data protection.

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Virtual Disaster Recovery

On the Virtualization Disaster Recovery topics page, you'll find news articles, tips, tutorials, guides, special reports and podcasts for data storage professionals looking for information about using virtualization for disaster recovery as well as about disaster recovery planning for virtual environments. Look here for advice and guidance on data storage solutions, software, hardware and services for virtual disaster recovery, virtual server disaster recovery and server virtualization disaster recovery, as well as guidance around vendors and suppliers offering disaster recovery products and services for a virtualized environment.

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  • vSphere Replication

    VSphere Replication is a feature of vSphere 5.0  and Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 5.0 that automates the failover of virtual servers to a recovery site.

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Virtualization Strategy

The Virtualization Strategy topics page provides news articles, tips, tutorials, guides, special reports and podcasts for data storage professionals who manage virtualization resources in their company's data center. Look here for guidance and advice on topics such as virtualization strategies and virtualization consolidation strategies.

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  • disk mirroring (RAID 1)

    RAID 1 is one of the most common RAID levels and the most reliable. Data is written to two places simultaneously, so if one disk fails, the other can be used to retrieve data.

  • ClusterHQ Flocker

    Management of Docker containers can be facilitated with the use of Flocker software – a framework for moving containers across clusters of servers.

  • hot cloning

    Hot cloning is a cloning method that takes place while the server OS is running.

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  • internal audit (IA)

    An internal audit (IA) is an organizational initiative to monitor and analyze its own business operations in order to determine ...

  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

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  • principle of least privilege (POLP)

    The principle of least privilege (POLP), an important concept in computer security, is the practice of limiting access rights for...

  • identity management (ID management)

    Identity management (ID management) is the organizational process for identifying, authenticating and authorizing individuals or ...

  • zero-day (computer)

    A zero-day vulnerability, also known as a computer zero day, is a flaw in software, hardware or firmware that is unknown to the ...

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  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

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  • SAS SSD (Serial-Attached SCSI solid-state drive)

    A SAS SSD (Serial-Attached SCSI solid-state drive) is a NAND flash-based storage or caching device designed to fit in the same ...

  • MTTR (mean time to repair)

    MTTR (mean time to repair) is the average time required to fix a failed component or device and return it to production status.

  • OpenStack Swift

    OpenStack Swift, also known as OpenStack Object Storage, is an open source object storage system that is licensed under the ...

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  • hybrid hard disk drive (HDD)

    A hybrid hard disk drive is an electromechanical spinning hard disk that contains some amount of NAND Flash memory.

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