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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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  • hyperconvergence

    Hyperconvergence -- also spelled hyper-convergence -- is a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage and virtualization resources in a single system that usually consists of x86 hardware.

  • NetApp FlexPod

    NetApp FlexPod is a reference architecture for server, storage and networking components that are pretested and validated to work together as an integrated infrastructure stack.

  • Nutanix

    Nutanix is a hyper-converged infrastructure pioneer that markets its technology as a building block for private clouds.

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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 (NAS) is dedicated file storage that enables multiple users and heterogeneous client devices to retrieve data from centralized disk capacity.

  • 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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  • compliance audit

    A compliance audit is a comprehensive review of an organization's adherence to regulatory guidelines.

  • regulatory compliance

    Regulatory compliance is an organization's adherence to laws, regulations, guidelines and specifications relevant to its business...

  • Whistleblower Protection Act

    The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 is a law that protects federal government employees in the United States from ...

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  • RSA algorithm (Rivest-Shamir-Adleman)

    The RSA algorithm is the basis of a cryptosystem -- a suite of cryptographic algorithms that are used for specific security ...

  • remote access

    Remote access is the ability to access a computer or a network remotely through a network connection.

  • IP Spoofing

    IP spoofing is the crafting of Internet Protocol (IP) packets with a source IP address that has been modified to impersonate ...

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  • virtual disaster recovery

    Virtual disaster recovery is a type of DR that typically involves replication and allows a user to fail over to virtualized ...

  • tabletop exercise (TTX)

    A tabletop exercise (TTX) is a disaster preparedness activity that takes participants through the process of dealing with a ...

  • risk mitigation

    Risk mitigation is a strategy to prepare for and lessen the effects of threats faced by a data center.

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  • disk array

    A disk array, also called a storage array, is a data storage system used for block-based storage, file-based storage or object ...

  • enterprise storage

    Enterprise storage is a centralized repository for business information that provides common data management, protection and data...

  • optical storage

    Optical storage is any storage type in which data is written and read with a laser. Typically, data is written to optical media, ...

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