Stories by Paul Ferrill

Review: Dell's 13G PowerEdge R730xd, a workhorse server with a kick

Hardware improvements, rich storage options, and plenty of room for expansion add up to a very fast, flexible 2U workhorse

Review: VMware VSAN turns storage inside-out

VMware's Virtual SAN 1.0 combines easy setup and management with high availability and high performance -- and freedom from traditional storage systems

Nutanix NX-3000 review: Virtualization Cloud-style

Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform brings resilient, cloud-like server and storage infrastructure to traditional virtualization deployments

Review: Netgear's ReadyData makes a splash with flash

Netgear's better, faster rack-mount NAS and iSCSI SAN makes the case for enterprise workloads with read and write caching and unlimited snapshots

Review: 4 NAS appliances deliver big storage cheap

12-bay rack-mount systems from QNAP, Netgear, LenovoEMC, and Infortrend combine huge storage capacities, business-grade features, smooth setup, and easy administration

Nutanix NX-3000 review: Virtualization cloud-style

Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform brings resilient, cloud-like server and storage infrastructure to traditional virtualization deployments

In Pictures: 12 new updates in VMware vSphere 5.5

VMware boosts performance, scalability, and usability with enhancements that stretch from the hypervisor to the management stack

HP 3PAR conjures powerful storage magic

HP 3PAR StoreServe 7400 combines high scalability, high performance, and a big bag of tricks for easing storage management

First look: Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V shines on

Preview editions of Hyper-V 2012 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 pick up where the strong initial releases left off

In Pictures: 10 great new features in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V

Microsoft has traditionally put out point releases to its server operating systems about every two years; Windows Server 2012 R2 will ostensibly show up just over a year after the initial release. Logic would suggest that such a short release cycle would contain little in the way of new capabilities, but in this case, logic has been defied, as the R2 release delivers a significant number of both new and improved features. Hyper-V is just one of the areas with rich improvements. We hit on 10 of the best new features in this slideshow.

In Pictures: 10 excellent new features in Windows Server 2012 R2

New and improved storage, networking, remote access, BYOD, and server administration features make the R2 upgrade

Review: HP 3PAR conjures powerful storage magic

HP 3PAR StoreServe 7400 combines high scalability, high performance, and a big bag of tricks for easing storage management

Review: VMware vSphere 5.1 looms large

VMware takes virtualization higher and deeper with rich storage automation and more advanced virtual networking tools

Virtualization showdown: Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 vs. VMware vSphere 5.1

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V brings advanced virtualization features to small shops, but VMware still reigns at the high end

Review: Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 narrows the gap

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V combines easy setup and management with new features that lower the entry barrier to highly available virtualization clusters

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