Amazon, Avere and Oracle Offer Up the Most Transformational Technologies at VMworld 2013

On my flight home last night from San Francisco to Omaha I had the opportunity to reflect a bit on what I learned and saw at VMworld 2013 this past week. In particular, I spent a fair amount of time thinking back as to what were the most transformational technologies I saw while at VMworld. Having now thought about it, I have to classify those offered by Amazon, Avere and Oracle as having the most promise to transform how the data center is delivered and designed sooner rather than later.

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From VMworld 2013: VMware CEO Acknowledges the I/O Blender, While EMC Clings to the Past

In his keynote address at VMworld, Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, said that virtualization “is partly to blame, as we hide the I/O patterns from the underlying storage … changing the characteristics of the storage environment itself.” While the statement is correct and it’s great to see VMware acknowledge this–it’s hardly fair to blame VMware. The real problem lies in the disjoint between two fundamentally different architectures. VMware has created a shared-services architecture that virtualizes the underlying physical assets. Although architected almost 25 years ago, storage still relies on this original design, which was created to be a subsystem to a … more >

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First Technology Turns to Dell for Both Better Backups and a Better Data Center

As organizations transform their IT infrastructures to introduce scale-out solutions in support of their virtualization initiatives, many also find that their traditional means of doing backup break. First Technology was no different. However as a service provider whose clients expected backups to work every day all of the time, it did not have the luxury of watching its traditional means of backup first break and then spending time looking for, testing and implementing a new solution. Better backup had to be part of its data center transformation Day 1.

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First Technology Transforms from Stand-alone, Scale Down Approach to a Scale-out Technology Partnership

First Technology’s Hosting Manager, Darryl Glass, realized that its business had fundamentally changed. First Technolog could no longer cobble together piecemeal technol­ogy solutions or spend time troubleshooting backend support issues. It had to focus on delivering technol­ogy solutions to new clients knowing that its data center could scale to meet these demands and then support them. To make this change from cobbled together technologies to a cost-effective and supported scale-out solution, Glass recognized that his first step involved identifying the right partner who had the right suite of solutions to meet his company’s needs.

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