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  • Data centre in a box? The era is approaching

    Start-up SimpliVity is the latest vendor to emerge from the development stage with an all-in-one array that performs all the functions of a complete IT stack with the addition of deduplication and data replication. More companies and products are preparing similar launches.

  • Desktop virtualisation: How to succeed

    If you've already virtualised the servers in your data centre, desktop virtualisation may seem like the next logical step. But businesses are finding that the benefits of hosted virtual desktop technologies are more nuanced. The advantages may be harder to quantify and harder to justify based purely on traditional ROI calculations.

  • Are storage admins getting automated out of their jobs?

    With their Fibre Channel mastery and a personal fiefdom of equipment, protocols, and activities that nobody else touches, storage administrators enjoy a unique degree of job stability. But now there's a crop of new storage automation technologies that promise to change the way these IT professionals do their jobs and may even require them to (gasp!) share control of the storage kingdom.

  • The seven deadly myths about virtualisation

    Anyone looking at the technical press or listening to analysts might think that an organisation need only go down a virtualisation path to reach a form of network of IT nirvana but the truth is that not everything the vendors will tell you will be true - it's time to separate the myth from reality.

  • Cost could hit client virtualisation drive

    There's been plenty of talk about desktop virtualisation, with several companies offering moves in this area but while there are long term benefits, the set-up costs could prove prohibitive.

  • HP winning VMware-Microsoft virtualisation battle

    Despite the claims and counterclaims of superiority by Microsoft and VMware - and now Citrix and VMware - it's becoming increasingly clear who's going to be the winner in the rapidly growing market for server virtualisation: Hewlett-Packard.

  • EMC's CLARiiON call for iSCSI

    EMC has introduced a new CLARiiON, the AX4, which replaces the entry-level AX0-150 with up to five times more disk drives. It's cheaper than Dell's EqualLogic and LSI-sourced MD3000i arrays, terabyte for terabyte. Dell's SMB storage pricing looks confused.

  • Virtual servers drive 10G Ethernet

    Server virtualisation is demanding 10GB Ethernet adapters that are virtualisation-aware, say developers on both sides.

  • EMC's stealth storage software package

    EMC is stealthily supplying storage software packages to OEMs like Intel

  • Is FCoE the emperor's new trousers?

    Everyone involved is saying such nice things about it that a cynic might start to wonder where the catch is...

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