Server virtualization is a valuable technology, and in wide use. It simplifies management and operations and can dramatically improve application availability. But how can you protect all those mission-critical virtual machines? This InformationWeek Tech Center is your one-stop resource for in-depth information on protecting all facets of your virtualized infrastructure.
Commentary/How-To'sIs Software-Defined Storage Right For You?
Data centers have new storage options, but "new" isn't always "better." The Role Of DRAM In Storage
Don't discount DRAM. Thanks to increased server capacities and sophisticated caching technologies, DRAM can serve as a tier in the storage... Meeting The MSP/CSP Storage Challenge
As customers push for more storage and hosting solutions, managed and cloud service providers are turning to a software-defined approach to... Virtual Machine Recovery Keeps Improving
Thanks to technologies like changed block recovery, downtime is becoming a thing of the past. Harvest The Benefits Of Storage Virtualization
IT departments that do not enthusiastically embrace storage virtualization are essentially wasting money. How Server-Side Storage Memory Impacts VDI Costs
Server-side storage memory can provide a cost-effective solution to VDI projects if you overcome challenges in mobility and data protection....
NewsDropbox For Business Adds Active Directory Ties
Hoping to land bigger fish, cloud file storage leader rolls out Dropbox for Business, with security tweaks for enterprises. Beware Smartphone Lurkers: Cloud Storage File Remnants
Security investigators recovered Box, Dropbox and SugarSync files and unique file IDs, via forensic dump of iPhone and Android smartphone memory. VMware Enhances vSphere for SMBs
Small and midsize companies have a new path to VMware virtualization management tools, as vSphere gets a dose of vCenter Operations Management...
- EMC Enhances Flagship Storage Arrays
- Red Hat Speeds Up Open Source Virtualization Race
- Twinstrata Unveils Cloud Storage Platform
- How To Choose Best SSD For Midsize Data Centers
- Is Shared Storage's Price Premium Worth It?
- Hitachi Unveils SMB Storage Array
- How Columbia Sportswear Will Survive Next Tsunami: Cloud
By The Numbers
Majority Buying Into Virtualized Storage
Just 18% arenít on board, and thereís still opportunity for vendors to influence the 34% in assessment mode.
Virtual Infrastructure Reports
Informed CIO: VDI Snake Oil Check
You won't lose your shirt on a desktop virtualization initiative, but don't expect it to be simple to build or free of complications. This report examines the three biggest problems when developing a business case for VDI: storage costs, ongoing licensing, and the wisdom of prolonging the investment in PC infrastructure.
Fundamentals: Next-Generation VM Security
Server virtualization creates new security threats while turning the hypervisor into a network black hole, hiding traffic from traditional hardware defenses -- problems a new breed of virtualization-aware security software tackles head-on.
Delegation Delivers Virtualization Savings
IT can't-and shouldn't-maintain absolute control over highly virtualized infrastructures. Instituting a smart role-based control strategy to decentralize management can empower business units to prioritize their own data assets while freeing IT to focus on the next big project.
The Zen of Virtual Maintenance
Server virtualization has many advantages, but it can also lead to chaos. Many organizations have unused or test VMs running on production systems that consume memory, disk and power. This means critical resources may not be available in an emergency: say, when VMs on a failed machine try to move to another server. This can contribute to unplanned downtime and raise maintenance costs. Easy deployment also means business units may come knocking with more demands for applications and services. This report offers five steps to help IT get a handle on their virtual infrastructure.
Pervasive Virtualization: Time to Expand the Paradigm
Extending core virtualization concepts to storage, networking, I/O and application delivery is changing the face of the modern data center. In this Fundamentals report, we'll discuss all these areas in the context of four main precepts of virtualization.
Virtually Protected: Key Steps To Safeguarding Your VM Disk Files
We provide best practices for backing up VM disk files and building a resilient infrastructure that can tolerate hardware and software failures. After all, what's the point of constructing a virtualized infrastructure without a plan to keep systems up and running in case of a glitch--or outright disaster.