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Server Virtualization has transformed the way we manage server workloads but virtualization hypervisors were not the endgame of data center management. What is the role of server virtualization and hypervisors in the new age of cloud, containers, and more importantly, hyperconvergence? I covered SAN technology in my last Infrastructure 101 article, so for today I'm going to cover server virtualization and maybe delve into containers and cloud. Server virtualization as we know it now is based on hypervisor technology. A hypervisor is an operating system that allows sharing of physical computing resources such as networking, CPU, RAM, and storage among multiple virtual machines (sometimes called virtual servers). Virtual machines replaced traditional physical servers that each had their own physical chassis with storage, RAM, networking, and CPU. To understand the imp... (more)

Infrastructure 101 | @CloudExpo #BigData #IoT #SDN #SDS #DataCenter

In a series of articles, I am going to share my thoughts on the state of IT infrastructure and how we've arrived with current architecture trends.  The topic today is SAN. Storage Area Networking (SAN) is a technology that solved a real problem that existed a couple decades ago. SANs have been a foundational piece of IT infrastructure architecture for a long time and have helped drive major innovations in storage.  But how relevant are SANs today in the age of software-defined datacenters? Let's talk about how we have arrived at modern storage architecture. First, disk arrays w... (more)

Don't Double Down on Infrastructure | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Storage #DataCenter

Don't Double-Down on Infrastructure - Scale Out as Needed There has long been a philosophy in IT infrastructure that whenever you add capacity, you add plenty of room to grow into. This idea is based on traditional architecture that was complex, consisting of many disparate systems held together by the rigorous management of the administrators. The process of scaling out capacity has been a treacherous one that takes weeks or months of stress-filled nights and weekends.  These projects are so undesirable that administrators and anyone else involved would rather spend more than t... (more)

Cloud Computing vs Hyperconvergence | @CloudExpo #SDS #Cloud #Storage

The next generation of platforms is here with options in both cloud and on premises hyperconverged infrastructure. As IT departments look to move beyond traditional virtualization into cloud and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platforms, they have a lot to consider. There are many types of organizations with different IT needs and it is important to determine whether those needs align more cloud or HCI. Before I dig into the differences, let me go over the similarities. Both cloud and HCI tend to offer a similar user experience highlighted by ease of use and simplicity. One ... (more)

Infrastructure 101 - Part 3 | @CloudExpo #Cloud #SDN #SDS #DataCenter

When it comes to IT infrastructure, there are some big differences in the needs of the SMB vs the enterprise. What might be minor hiccups in the enterprise can be major challenges in the SMB. What are these differences and how should they affect the way solutions are provided? This is my third and final article in this series. I've covered SAN and server virtualization and now I'd like to share my thoughts on the challenges of SMB IT shops vs enterprise IT. To start, I should probably give some context on the size of an SMB IT shop. Since we are talking about infrastructure, I am... (more)