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Virtualization Practices: Providing a Complete Virtual Solution in a Box
Jyh-shing Chen

Virtualization has gained wide adoption in enterprise in various forms from consolidating servers to providing massive virtual desktop infrastructure for capital expense as well as operational expense reduction. In this presentation, an example configuration for a complete virtual solution that involves virtual storage appliance, virtual clients, and virtual switches will be demonstrated. In addition, performance enhancement, troubleshooting option, and deployment scenarios will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to make use of virtual infrastructure to implement end-to-end solutions. 
  • Learn how to improve performance for the virtual solutions. 
  • Learn how to troubleshoot in a virtual solution environment.

Virtualization I - Who, What, Why, When?
Walt Hubis

Storage Virtualization is one of the buzzwords in the industry, especially with the near-ubiquitous deployment of Storage Networks.  But besides all hype, there is a lot of confusion, too. Companies are using the term virtualization and its characteristics in various and different forms. This tutorial describes the reasons and benefits of virtualization in a technical and neutral way. The audience will understand the various terms and will receive a clear picture of the different virtualization approaches. Links to the SNIA Shared Storage Model and the usage of the new SNIA Storage Virtualization Taxonomy will help to achieve this goal.     

This tutorial is intended for IT Directors, Managers, Storage and System Administrators who have responsibilities for IT infrastructures and storage management tasks.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the definition of storage virtualization and its taxonomy 
  • Learn about the three categories/methods of storage virtualization and their architectures 
  • Understand which storage virtualization techniques apply to various new and existing infrastructures and potential benefits to storage management

Virtualization II - Effective Use of Virtualization
Walt Hubis

The second part of this tutorial builds on the first one, so the audience should have visited part I or already should have a basic understanding of this subject.    Storage Virtualization part II covers practical issues of block virtualization in order to make most effective use of it. Among other topics it describes the implementation step by step and aspects of availability, performance and capacity improvements. The material discusses the role of storage virtualization within policy-based management and describes its integration in the SNIA Storage Management Initiative Specification(SMI-S) and the SNIA Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI).