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VMware's VSA Has Virtualization Limitations and Advantages

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VMware's vCenter Server 5 Essentials Pack, a commonly used virtualization platform, has an optional software plug-in or add-on known as VSA (vSphere Storage Appliance).  The main function performed by the VSA add-on is to create a shared storage pool and replicate data between internal components of the pool as needed to create high data availability.  The concept used by the VSA system is well understood in the industry, and has been embodied in non-VMware products such as LeftHand (produced by HP). 

What Hyper-V 2012 has that Your Virtualization Software Doesn't

Hyper-VHyper-V 2012 and Windows Server 2012 form a virtualization platformthat greatly enhances an organization’s IT security, cost effectiveness and operational efficiency and is the reliable choice for mission critical workloads.

Hyper-V is easy to learn, and as a Microsoft product, saves you a lot of trouble if you operate in a Windows only environment. A money saving feature is that you can run virtual machines without paying for extra server licensing. Features that Hyper-V 2012 has that some other hypervisors typically don’t are:

4 Things you Need to Know about the EMC / Vmware Integration

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In 2004, EMC Corporation purchased a company called VMware. EMC, a well known company for their information management, data storage, and other related services, purchased VMware to expand their presence in the virtualization space. VMware provides virtualization software, which enables one physical machine to act as several, independent ones. There are many advantages in terms of data storage of this partnership.

What the EMC/VMware integration means for your business:

  1. Data protection: EMC has a proven track record of reliable data storage solutions, and combined with VMware provides strong and effective virtualization solutions. Through this integration, an organization can utilize the customized solution they need without having to spend capital budget on physical infrastructure. Additionally, it can shorten the amount of time required to perform backups due to fewer machines, and requires less physical storage space. Better and faster backups on fewer machines means lower IT costs - a benefit to all businesses.
  2. Security: Virtualization combined with strong data storage models means that a business’s data is more secure, as well as its physical machines. Fewer machines to maintain allows for more attention to the existing ones, more upgrades, up-to-date firewalls, and overall enhanced security.
  3. Adaptability: Integrating data storage with virtualization solutions accelerates the flexibility of customized solutions. Fewer machines make it is easier to deploy new solutions proactively rather than reactively.
  4. Expertise: With a fleet of trained VMWare engineers, EMC has access to the knowledge needed to incorporate and simplify virtualization needs of any organization. Being able to rely on a consultant with a background in virtualization as well as data management is a ideal, and available through local consulting firms as well.

EMC has greatly enhanced their virtualization solution through its integration with VMware. If you are looking for an integration across data backup, storage, and virtualization solutions, contact a technical consultant at iCorps. We can provide a detailed and customized solution that takes advantage of the EMC-VMware integration, while maintaining the needs of your business.


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