Blog Posts by Category - Data Center Design

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Patrick Brennan

October 26, 2016

Atlantis Previews Portable & Persistent Containers with Rancher Labs!

As containers continue to be explored and IT is being challenged to cloud enable their applications, organizations are finding new and exciting ways to use them to solve challenges in the enterprise that traditional virtualization architecture has struggled to fulfil.  Containers were originally conceptualized under the context of being ephemeral, voiding any requirements for architecting infrastructure for persistence.  However, as organizations found ways to apply the benefits of containers to a variety of other workloads and in some cases production, persistence suddenly became a challenge that needed to be solved. 

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Scott D. Lowe

March 09, 2016

The Future of the Modern Data Center

The evolution of the data center and IT as a business unit has been more exciting than ever in the past few years. But the coming few years are likely to bring even more excitement than before. Some of the technologies that are currently in development and could be in data centers in the next few years are simply mind boggling. 

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Scott D. Lowe

March 02, 2016

IT Transformation

The world’s largest automobile manufacturer, the Toyota Motor Company, is well known for producing an extraordinary amount of cars. Their high production capacity is thanks to the “Toyota Production System” which is studied worldwide and is regarded as an engineering marvel. 

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Patrick Brennan

February 26, 2016

Simplify the Virtual Workspace

User experience faster than a PC under $100/Desktop

This demand is being driven by the pressures of the next generation of users, requiring a solution that allows them to work anywhere on any device in this ever expanding global economy.  Unfortunately, these requirements can have an inverse relationship with the IT objectives to keep their intellectual property and data secure and minimize risk.  This has been a significant reason why the virtual workspace and VDI has been successful, solving these challenge for millions of users and so many IT organizations.

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Scott D. Lowe

February 24, 2016

Understanding Hyperconvergence

Hyperconvergence is a hot button topic in many IT organizations today. Much the same as software-defined storage (which we discussed in a previous article), there’s a bit of confusion in the industry around what constitutes a ‘hyperconverged’ architecture. 

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Scott D. Lowe

February 10, 2016

Transforming Your Data Center

Transforming Your Data Center

In this post, we’re going to discuss the transformation from a legacy, inefficient data center to the modern data center, which is characterized by its efficiency, simplicity, and ability to provide business outcomes. 

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Scott D. Lowe

February 03, 2016

Principles for an Agile Data Center

In our last post in this series, we talked about how expectations of the IT organization, it’s applications, and its datacenter infrastructure are much higher today than ever before in the past. Think about it for a minute - software as a service (SaaS) applications running in the public cloud (think Gmail and Dropbox) are agile enough to add new features and functionality, seemingly on the fly and with zero downtime. 

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Scott D. Lowe

January 28, 2016

How Changing Technology Expectations Are Changing the Enterprise Datacenter

In the not so distant past, the most advanced technology that most people had visibility and access to was the technology at their company where they were employed. Most people were introduced to the personal computer when it arrived on the desk at their company.

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Scott D. Lowe

January 05, 2016

The Adoption of Software Defined Storage and Hyperconverged Infrastructure in 2016

IT budgets are shrinking. Demands on IT are increasing. Data center technology has become a quagmire of complexity. Traditional storage has struggled to keep pace with workload demands. With these challenges, CIOs, technical decision makers, and IT staff members are looking for ways to continue meeting critical business needs with solutions that stabilize data center costs while also being simpler to manage. Perhaps the biggest challenges facing the data center today revolve around storage. It’s expensive. It’s complex. And, until flash became more common, it suffered a great deal with regard to performance.

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Scott D. Lowe

December 08, 2015

Convergence and the Software-Defined Data Center

In a previous post, we saw a history of data center storage and ended by discussing the fall of the monolithic storage array. In this post, we’ll take a deeper look at the data center trends and architectures that are enabling that transition away from monolithic storage arrays. First, we must step back and look at how we got here.

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Scott D. Lowe

November 10, 2015

Data Center Evolution: The Rise & Fall of the Monolithic Storage Array

In our last post, we looked at the challenges and opportunities in front of IT organizations as they move into 2016. We kicked off that discussion by considering the organizational shifts happening in IT, as well as the new cost models for procuring and operating IT in the data center and how this changes what enterprises expect from their data center vendors.

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Priyadarshi Prasad

November 05, 2015

Achieving the pinnacle of disaster recovery

With Atlantis 3-Site DR Solution

For all the complexities and costs involved, the one thing that traditional big-iron storage got right was their high availability and disaster recovery solutions. Developed over a decade or so, those solutions evolved and pushed the boundaries of DR driven by increasingly complex customer requirements.

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Priyadarshi Prasad

October 12, 2015

Atlantis Stretched Cluster

High Availability without the High Cost

There is a saying popular among storage solution architects that goes something like this – everyone wants zero downtime and zero data loss until they see the check. In storage speak, an HA & DR solution is architected around two key concepts: Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO).

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Priyadarshi Prasad

July 23, 2015

“Made for Solid State” SDS Architecture – Key Considerations

My previous blog is generating some interesting questions on why I think Atlantis USX is solid-state optimized vs. others in the SDS/HC category are not.
Hint – it is fundamentally about the architectural approach to treating solid state media in an optimized fashion

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Priyadarshi Prasad

July 15, 2015

The Purest IT Infrastructure

It is a truism to say that this is the most exciting time to be in the IT infrastructure business. New ideas are popping up like mushrooms and the din they are generating would likely put the big bang to shame.  

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Andrew Wood

April 30, 2015

The Zen of Atlantis USX on Citrix XenServer: Part III A Simple in Memory Volume

What is Atlantis USX software defined storage and how does it work on Citrix XenServer? What does the impact of hyper converged on Citrix XenDesktop/XenApp workloads? If I'm using Citrix XenServer for non-VDI workloads, is software defined storage applicable to me? This is Part III in a blog series looking to answer these questions, providing insight into the possibilities of reducing the costs of delivering a virtualised environment while improving the performance.

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Andrew Wood

March 27, 2014

Benefits of Virtualising Citrix XenApp with Atlantis ILIO and IBM Technology

Why should you virtualise Session Host based workloads such as Citrix XenApp? What are common pitfalls? How can these be addressed with Atlantis ILIO and IBM technologies?