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VMworld 2014: Two Days In and Much to Think About


I love VMworld. At other conferences like CiscoLive, EMCworld, TechEd, etc., you tend to see a more narrow focus on the target market of the parent companies of those conferences. VMworld is like the Switzerland of tech: everyone is here. In my opinion that makes it the most important conference to attend for folks focused on virtualization, not just for the technology, but for the people you meet and breadth of ideas you get exposed to. Continue reading »

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Don’t believe the hype, you don’t need dedicated storage for VDI


Despite what your existing vendor says, you don’t need dedicated storage for Citrix XenDesktop.

At the onset of the modernization of virtualized desktops (aka Hosted Virtual Desktops) the recommended storage configuration was dedicated storage. Why default to this path? More than anything, it had to do with an inability of existing storage architectures to handle the challenges of VDI within a shared storage infrastructure.

Challenges like this: Continue reading »

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Be De(mo)lighted this VMworld


VMworld 2014 is right around the corner and the excitement is palpable. The tech industry is buzzing with early announcements, speculation about big announcements from VMware and previews about what attendees can see at the big event. All of us at SolidFire are no exception. We’re bringing some powerful demos and community events to VMworld 2014 in San Francisco next week.

Here’s a taste of the demos you’ll find in booth #1629: Continue reading »

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The Do-Not-Miss Storage Sessions, Panels and Events at VMworld US 2014


It’s that time of year again. Our team is working crazy hours putting together an awesome VMworld experience. VMworld prep has become an annual rite of passage in our industry and this year is proving to be the most exciting year I have ever experienced.

The partnership between SolidFire and VMware is amazing and I wanted to take a moment to introduce our awesome presenters and share the scoop on a few of the key events by SolidFire at VMworld this year. We even have a little something for the #vExperts out there that you might be very interested in (see below). Continue reading »

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Increasing Storage Performance & Provisioning Flexibility In Apache CloudStack

This post is co-authored with Mike Tutkowski, Senior Software Engineer at SolidFire and Apache CloudStack PMC Member.

With the recent release of Apache CloudStack 4.4, CloudStack has taken another step forward. Version 4.4 fixes 130+ bugs and introduces 20+ new features and improvements. Continue reading »

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Elevating (Storage) Control Freaks to Hero Status — Finally


You know who you are. You designed everything to function exactly the way it should, you double check your work, and you don’t like anyone messing with your system. When it comes to your data center, there have always been a few things you wish you could control, but just couldn’t. That is, until now. Continue reading »

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The Evolution of Storage & Community in OpenStack


I have noticed a trend in OpenStack since the previous Summit in Atlanta. The role of block storage on the Cinder Project is evolving very quickly and in many ways is reaching an amazing level of maturity through community contributions. The rate of change is fast and furious and we have moved beyond simply breaking block storage out from Nova-compute; we have started looking into what we can do to make block storage in OpenStack the best it can be. Continue reading »

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Solving for Storage in your Virtual MongoDB Environment


Since first rolling out MongoDB into production in 2010, I’ve architected many different types of storage configurations, from bare metal to private cloud, to public cloud (and back again), SAN-backed, SSD and HDD. Throughout these experiences the whys and hows of scaling “the storage problem” have been central to my technical focus. High iowait is the bane of any database system, and MongoDB is no exception. Continue reading »

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Introducing Active IQ, real-time system health diagnostics & historical trending at the cluster, node, account & volume level


Today we take the next step in revolutionizing support for storage by launching Active IQ — a system monitoring and reporting tool and key element of our existing Active Support program. We’re excited to offer Active IQ in Beta to all of our customers dealing with the large-scale challenges that accompany building large-scale IT infrastructures, particularly those around system monitoring. Continue reading »

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End-to-End Quality of Service: Making Life a Whole Lot Easier for VMware Administrators


Today, SolidFire is proud to introduce version 2 of our VMware vCenter plug-in. Let me tell you a little bit about how I find it beneficial in my day-to-day. One of the most exciting parts of joining a new company is getting engaged with new technology. SolidFire has proven to be no exception. The last few weeks have involved expanding the Technology Solutions Lab and getting familiar with the unique features of SolidFire storage. Continue reading »

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