June 27, 2011
Last week I came across this interesting whitepaper on CIO.com about the rapid growth of server virtualization practices within mid-market businesses. Just over the past few years, the jump to server virtualization among midsized enterprises have increased dramatically and is expected to grow up until 2012. Here are some key findings:
- 30% of midsized companies (worldwide) started server virtualization before 2009, but that number doubled by the end of 2009
- 75% of companies expect to implement server virtualization by 2012
- From 2009 to 2012, the use of server virtualization jumped nearly 46% (from 29.1% to 75.1%)
- Transition to server virtualization compelled to upgrade and deploy storage area network (SAN) appliances
- Within the next 2 years, implementing disaster recovery to virtualization efforts becomes a big priority
Want to learn more about server virtualization? Here are some helpful links.
January 6, 2011
StoneFly’s Weekly Webinar Series is Back! This week we will be focusing on an affordable, comprehensive, and easy to implement Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans centered around Windows Server Environments. Our new Virtual SAN Software, ESS for Windows, is an ideal solution to create a highly available and simple Disaster Recovery Site to your existing Windows Server with Hyper-V.
Tune in on Wednesday, January 12th at 10am Pacific as we present how you can
- Create a Dynamic DR Site with Async Replication, Thin Provisioning and more
- Save thousands on Operating and Capital Expenses
- Use the existing servers your own simply by adding ESS for Windows
- Centralize and Virtualize your datacenter in an all-in-one appliance (without buying another storage hardware!)
Register here for more information: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/693186922
April 1, 2010
iSCSI has finally come into its own as a networked storage underpinning for virtual server environments (SearchStorage.com, 2010), but are you equipped with the right IP SANs solution to handle your virtual environment? Implementing a fully featured managed SAN has never been easier. The combination of server virtualization and IP SAN technology gives you tremendous flexibility to adapt to changing business requirements quickly and without the hassle.
To learn more, sign up for the IP SANs in a Virtual Server Environment webinar on Wednesday, April 1, 2010 at 10am PST.
We will provide in-depth information, highlighting how to use IP SANs in a virtualized environment. In addition, there will be several demonstations, including how to configure IP SANs within a VMware environment and how StoneFly can fit your VMware environment needs.
Click here to sign up for the informative webinar.
December 10, 2009
We just announced that the Voyager, our highest performing IP SAN appliance, achieved “Solaris™ Ready” certification with Sun’s Solaris 10 Operating System (OS) on SPARC® and x64/x86 platforms.
Voyager joins other Solaris Ready certified StoneFly IP SANs such as the Integrated Storage Concentrator (ISC) and OptiSAN product lines. With StoneFly’s complete line of IP SAN products supporting Solaris 10, our customers now have a wide range of storage systems to utilize with a proven, industry-leading operating system. To read more about our new Solaris Ready certification, check out the news release.
September 3, 2009
A follow-up to last month’s article about virtualization for small businesses, here is the latest virtualization platform from VMware, called VMware Go™ which is ideal for small and midsize businesses. The web-based service simplifies the virtualization process by automating the VMware ESXi hypervisor installation and setup, without needing expert IT resources.
Currently in beta-version, VMware plans to release the free VMware Go in 2010. Sign up to receive the beta-version.
August 7, 2009
As a small company, the statement “do more with less” is what keeps IT admins on their toes, looking for better ways to save every penny. With upper management reluctant to revamp server hardware, the reliability of your cheap, outdated machines comes into question. Server virtualization, which may seem like an expensive technology that only large enterprise use, may actually be the easiest and cheapest solution.
A recent study by The Register shows that virtualization expertise is still low, especially at the small business level.
However, the benefits of virtualization cannot be ignored, and may actually be the easiest and cheapest solution available for reliable IT operation. As this PC Week article reveals, any task relegated to an old computer would be better served by a virtual machine on a modern computer.
Here are some highlights from the article:
- While VMware sells its enterprise solutions, its free Server product is adequate for many small business apps.
- Use the free vCenter Converter to convert your existing computer to a virtual machine.
- For users < 10, you can use Windows XP or Vista for many server tasks.
- For users > 10, use Windows Server 2008 for around $700.
- A smart additional step would be to use a redundant external disk solution. (NOTE: Check out DNFexpress.com for external storage)
So why is virtualization the easier, cheaper solution? Well you’ve created redundancy, high availability and simplified management without ripping and replacing your existing machines–just like the enterprise IT pros. Who’s the small business now?