December 06, 2010 18:53 ET

BlueArc Provides Resources to Help Guide IT Organizations' Virtualization Strategy

Online Resources Designed to Help IT Organizations Understand the Value and Best Practices of Fast and Efficient NFS Storage for Virtualized Data Centers

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - December 6, 2010) - Virtualization is fundamentally changing the landscape of the storage industry. It has become an essential strategy for organizations that are trying to keep up with mounting data demands while striving to consolidate storage and increase efficiency. Debates have ensued regarding which network storage environment is best suited for VMware, as organizations are trying to determine what storage protocol is best for their VMware strategy. To help organizations make informed decisions, BlueArc, a leader in high-performance network storage at any scale, has compiled a series of resources to help organizations understand the benefits and best practices that NFS NAS can bring to a virtualized environment.

NFS-based NAS is rapidly becoming a best practice for VMware. While FC SAN can provide a level of performance suitable for organizations, a well-architected NFS-based storage architecture can not only deliver high I/O performance, but also simplify the day-to-day management burden and complexities associated with SAN in a virtualized environment. Coupled with the cost efficiency, scalability, and predictable performance that NFS can offer, it's easy to see why NFS is the fastest growing storage protocol for VMware vSphere and VMware View.

"One of the key challenges virtualization poses within the shared storage environment is the unpredictable nature of the random I/O of hundreds of virtual machines," said Ravi Chalaka, senior director of solutions and product marketing at BlueArc. "This can severely hinder application performance in virtualized environments. BlueArc's NFS IOPS (I/O operations per second) is more than double that of other NAS systems, facilitating the broad deployment and management of VMware while maintaining the performance and efficiencies that organizations are undoubtedly looking for."

These complementary resource materials from BlueArc include:

  • Best Practices for High Performance VMware Environments, a whitepaper providing a cohesive summary of best practices for deploying VMware in a storage environment.
  • Alarming Consequences of NFS Myths in VMware Storage Environment, a Dragon Slayer Consulting whitepaper that addresses NFS storage myths that surround VMware.
  • Video testimonials from BlueArc executives highlighting the various advantages of NFS for VMware.
  • Case studies from BlueArc customers Starbreeze Studios and Precision Discovery, depicting the adoption of BlueArc NFS storage for VMware to manage the studio's and eDiscovery service provider's exponential data growth.

As a leader in high performance network storage, BlueArc is seeing significant customer adoption from organizations looking to consolidate storage and increase efficiency with virtualization. BlueArc will be attending the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas Dec. 6 - 9 in booth #51, where its customer Howard Holton, director of technology at Precision Discovery, will share best practices and benefits of VMware over NFS. Holton's presentation, "Virtualization: How We Grew Our Business by Shrinking Our Infrastructure," will be held Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 2:45pm in Augustus 5.

The above resources, along with additional information on NFS for VMware, are available at

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