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  • Isilon Solutions Showcase: Tech Talk on Hadoop Analytics

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    13 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This webinar features a discussion and technical demo of how the EMC Isilon big data solution utilizes Hadoop analytics technologies to help organizations manage growing amounts of big data without becoming overburdened by complexity or running up costs. Published by: EMC
  • My Bad…

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    14 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    I inadvertently said that our next IT-SENSE webinar was tomorrow, Wednesday, at noon.  It is in fact on Thursday at noon EST.  I am overly energized, I guess, and anxious to get going with this discussion of the vulnerabilities that are being encouraged by agile mainframe data center hype.  Please join us on THURSDAY at […]
  • Done

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    Martin Glassborow
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    Could VMAX3 possibly be the last incarnation of the Symmetrix that ships? As an Enterprise Array, it feels done; there is little left to do, arguably this has been the case for some time but the missing feature for VMAX had always been ease of use and simplicity. The little foibles such as the Rule of 17, Hypers, Metas, BCVs vs Clones all added to the mystique/complexity and led to many storage admins believing that we were some kind of special priesthood. The latest version of VMAX and the rebrand of the Enginuity into HyperMax removes much of this and it finally feels like a modern…
  • Is Computer Data Storage Complex? It Depends

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    greg schulz
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    I often get asked, or, told that computer data storage is complex with so many options to choose from, apples to oranges comparison among other things.
  • High Speed Backup and Restore for Databases

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    Hu Yoshida
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Surveys show that backup and restore remain at the top of the list of concerns for data centers. Each year as volumes increase, the struggle to meet SLAs and manage backup windows increases. Many enterprises with very large databases have come to rely on techniques such as simultaneously backing up data through multiple backup streams (multi-streaming) and backing up multiple sources to a single backup device (multiplexing). While these techniques can speed up backup dramatically, it makes it difficult to dedupe using traditional hashing techniques, which results in increased storage costs…
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  • High Speed Backup and Restore for Databases

    Hu Yoshida
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Surveys show that backup and restore remain at the top of the list of concerns for data centers. Each year as volumes increase, the struggle to meet SLAs and manage backup windows increases. Many enterprises with very large databases have come to rely on techniques such as simultaneously backing up data through multiple backup streams (multi-streaming) and backing up multiple sources to a single backup device (multiplexing). While these techniques can speed up backup dramatically, it makes it difficult to dedupe using traditional hashing techniques, which results in increased storage costs…
  • EVO:RAIL TO BECOME PART OF THE UCP FAMILY OF CONVERGED SOLUTIONS

    Hu Yoshida
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    At VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona, VMware executives announced that Hitachi Data Systems has joined the EVO:RAIL partnership. EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged, VMware powered appliance that is designed for low cost and out of the box deployment. It comes in a 2U, 4-node configuration with up to 16 TB of internal storage and uses VSAN, which I described in my previous post. It has a single software SKU, which includes licensing of vSphere Enterprise Plus, VSAN, vCenter Standard Edition, Log Insight Manager, and EVO Deployment Configuration Manager (DCM) for all four nodes. It is a great cost…
  • VSAN for Direct Attach Storage and VVOL for Enterprise Storage

    Hu Yoshida
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    In June of last year 2013, VMware announced VSAN. VMware Virtual SAN is embedded in the VMware vSphere kernel and enables clusters of servers with direct attached hard disk drives and solid state drives (HDD and SSD) to create a shared datastore. The management architecture of VSAN enables administrators to specify storage attributes, such as capacity, performance, and availability, in the form of policies on a per VM basis. VSAN brings the benefits of software-defined storage to direct attached storage. Since it eliminates the need for a storage controller, it requires SSDs for read and…
  • Signatures, PINs and Finger Veins

    Hu Yoshida
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    According to the Business Insider “The cost of global payment card fraud grew by 19% last year to reach $14 billion. The cost of U.S. payment card fraud grew by 29% to $7.1 billion.” Last week I was in the Nordics meeting with customers when I had the embarrassing experience of having my credit card declined and having my guest pay for the meal. It turns out that this restaurant would not accept U.S. credit cards that are authenticated with a signature. Europe is using the chip and pin credit card where the chip generates a new transaction code every time it is used and the credit…
  • Hitachi LPARs Provide Safe Multi-Tenant Cloud With Intel E5v3

    Hu Yoshida
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Hitachi’s Intel Xeon based Compute Blade servers (CB 2000 and CB 500) feature an embedded logical partitioning (LPAR) capability implemented in the blade server firmware, based on technology originally developed for Hitachi mainframe and Unix systems to provide platform partitioning for reliability and quality of service for mission critical workloads. When used in a converged solution like the Hitachi Data Systems Unified Compute Platform (UCP), LPARs can be used to consolidate workloads such as scale out SAP or multiple Oracle RAC and non-RAC applications, reducing hardware and…
 
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  • Friday hike blogging: Sterling Pass trail

    Robin Harris
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    After the Slide Rock fire all the trails in Oak Creek Canyon were closed for about 4 months. They reopened the trails October 1, so I’ve been hiking some of them to see what the fuss was about. The Sterling Pass to Vultee Arch hike is about about 1200 steep feet up, 800 steep feet down, and then reverse. Maximum altitude just over 6,000 ft. Supposed to be about 5 miles, but it felt longer. Here’s looking east from the pass. Click to enlarge. Vultee Arch is named in honor of Jerry Vultee, aviation pioneer, and is near where he and his wife Sylvia died in a plane crash in 1938.
  • Shadow IT industry pt. III: what’s next?

    Robin Harris
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    What’s next for the shadow IT industry? It should be obvious: after blowing up the storage and server business models, what’s left? Networking Amazon has been working on their own networking software and hardware for several years. While networks aren’t a large part of their cost structure – servers are – it was rapidly growing because network gear wasn’t following Moore’s Law. AWS can’t predict customer workloads – a low-data web server might be replaced by a data warehouse – so they have to provision for the maximum workload. As…
  • Friday hike blogging: West fork, new and improved!

    Robin Harris
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Finding that the recent fire and monsoon rains had altered the west fork of Oak Creek made me want to go back further up the creek. Without a paddle. So last Sunday I did. Click to enlarge. That’s Steve in the corner. Manou is in the crowd up ahead. Spectacular! In case you couldn’t tell. . . .
  • Shadow IT pt. 2

    Robin Harris
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The first post on shadow IT looked at R&D spend. Now we look at CapEx spend – specifically PP&E – property, plant and equipment. That’s where new datacenters, servers, storage and networks go. Big Spend The FY13 PP&E spend in billions from major players: While R&D expense is a proxy for innovation velocity, PP&E is a subtler metric. To the extent that the major cloud providers buy large quantities of kit, they influence the commodity market more than traditional system vendors. Why? Because vendors are no longer on the cutting edge of demand or…
  • The shadow IT industry

    Robin Harris
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    The power of the big IaaS players – Amazon, Google, Facebook, Azure (AGFA) – constitutes a shadow IT industry. It is a shadow because its operations are outside the transparency we take for granted with legacy IT vendors like IBM, HP, Cisco and Oracle. AGFA announces new services, but the tech behind the services is usually secret. We can see some of the effects – the inexplicable investments in high capacity optical or the emergence of SMR drives- but the configurations and economics remain opaque. R&D To get a sense of AGFA’s importance in IT, StorageMojo…
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  • System Storage Technical University Day 1 Keynote sessions

    TonyPearson
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    This week, I am in Dublin, Ireland for the [IBM System x, IBM PureSystems and System Storage Technical University] conference. (Note: While Lenovo has officially taken over the System x on October 1st back in the United States, China, and several other countries in Asia and the Americas, it has not yet happened in Europe. This is expected to happen this December. This results in some awkwardness during this period of transition.) Day 1 started off with some keynote sessions. Amy Purdy, IBM Director of Training Services, was the emcee. Gareth Tucker, Director of EMEA for Intel Gareth focused…
  • System Storage Technical University This week in Dublin Ireland

    TonyPearson
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    This week, I am in Dublin, Ireland for the [IBM System x, IBM PureSystems and System Storage Technical University] conference. Here are the sessions that I will be speaking at: Day Time Session Monday 14:30 IBM Smarter Storage Strategy Tuesday 16:15 Cloud Storage Options Wednesday 09:00 What is Big Data? Architectures and Practical use cases 10:30 New Generation of Storage Tiering: Less management, lower investment and increased performance 16:15 IBM Archive Storage Solutions - Data Retention for Government Compliance and Industry Regulations 17:45 Meet the Storage Experts Thursday 14:30 Data…
  • 2014 Storage Announcements for October 6

    TonyPearson
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Well it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements! (Ha Ha! It is actually Monday. Some of these announcements were originally scheduled for October 28, but with [Enterprise 2014 conference] this week, and the [IBM System x, IBM PureSystems and IBM System Storage Technical University] next week, IBM executives moved up the date!) We have a lot to cover, so I will do the quick recap today, and then go in-depth on subsequent posts. IBM FlashSystem 840 and V840 The FlashSystem now offers a high-voltage 1300W power supply. There are two supplies providing redundancy. In…
  • I know what I did last summer in Tennessee!

    TonyPearson
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Hello everyone! I am back, fully well-rested from a wonderful 3-week vacation touring the lovely state of Tennessee. Here's a quick recap: (FCC Disclosure: I mention various companies and products in this blog post. I have no financial interested in any of them, nor have I received any compensation to mention or endorse them here.) Lynchburg Our first stop was Lynchburg, TN, home of [Jack Daniel's], America's oldest whiskey distillery. Our tour guide, Ron (who both looked and sounded like [John Goodman]) took us first to see how they burn wood to make charcoal, then the natural…
  • IBM Announces TDMF v5 and zDMF v3

    TonyPearson
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Well, it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements! Back in 2007, my blog post [Double Happy Wedding] compared IBM's acquisition for a company that produced data migration software to the practice in Japan of waiting until the bride is five to seven months pregnant to have a wedding. In USA, these are called "shotgun" weddings. I was in Japan when I wrote that, and the company IBM acquired was Japanese, so the comparison stuck. Today, IBM announces the latest versions Transparent Data Migration Facility z/OS v5 [TDMF] and z/OS Dataset Migration Facility v3 [zDMF]…
 
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  • My Bad…

    Administrator
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    I inadvertently said that our next IT-SENSE webinar was tomorrow, Wednesday, at noon.  It is in fact on Thursday at noon EST.  I am overly energized, I guess, and anxious to get going with this discussion of the vulnerabilities that are being encouraged by agile mainframe data center hype.  Please join us on THURSDAY at […]
  • High Noon on Agile Mainframe Data Centers

    Administrator
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    The agile mainframe data center idea is being promoted by everyone from CA Technologies to IBM to the many hardware and software peddlers that crowd the increasing number of mainframe oriented events happening around the world these days.  (Yes, I said increasing number, in recognition that mainframes are once again mainstream for a number of […]
  • Agile: The Unicorn of Contemporary IT

    Administrator
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    There is nothing wrong with the idea of agile computing.  In fact, I would argue that it reflects a set of values and goals that have defined my role in IT over the years. Who doesn’t want an IT service that responds quickly to business needs, one that can turn on a dime as the […]
  • Miss Me?

    Administrator
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    August was a busy month and just whipped by.  I did several webcasts for 1105 Media/Virtualization Review/Redmond Magazine.  Wrote a bunch of articles and columns for the trade press and took a staycation that found me mending and painting and building — basically catching up on the honey-do list. Now that September has arrived, I […]
  • Finally, A Sensible Statement About Clouds

    Administrator
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    And from an unexpected source.  A recent comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, Sex Tape, builds a comedic misadventure on the inadvertent upload to a cloud service of a explicit digital video recording made by a middle aged couple seeking to spice up their love life.  After uploading, the husband discovers that he can’t […]
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  • VSAN, VSA or Dedicated Array?

    Chris M Evans
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    I don’t normally write blog posts that follow up on other people’s discussions however having seen some of the tweets relating to Nigel’s blog post on VSA versus VSAN, I realised my comments on the subject would stretch to an entire post of their own.  So here it is. The discussion (although I haven’t listened ...
  • SolidFire Raise a Further $82m and Releases 3rd Gen Hardware

    Chris M Evans
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Last week, SolidFire Inc, a startup in the “all-flash array” sector of the storage market announced a further $82 million in funding for the company, bringing their total investment to date to $150 million.  The new funds will be used for further expansion of the company’s business.  As well as raising money, two new hardware ...
  • Hewlett Packard Splits In Two

    Chris M Evans
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Overnight news officially broke that Hewlett Packard Inc is to divide its business into two, focusing on PCs and printing through HP Inc and enterprise services and hardware through a company to be called Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.  Meg Whitman will run one (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise) and chair the other (HP Inc). The idea of spinning off parts ...
  • EMC XtremIO Destructive Upgrade Demonstrates Architecture Matters

    Chris M Evans
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    News has emerged about a potential upgrade issue with the latest version of O/S code for the EMC XtremIO all-flash platform.  As discussed in this blog post, the upgrade to XIOS 3.0 is not simply disruptive but is destructive.  According to Chris Mellor’s post, the reason for the destructive nature of the upgrade is to ...
  • VMworld 2014: VAIO – vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering

    Chris M Evans
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    One of the more interesting announcements at VMworld 2014 this year was a technology called VAIO or vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering.  This new feature was detailed in session TEX1492 (although I didn’t see it) and will allow 3rd party vendors to insert code in the form of a filter driver and deployed as a ...
 
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    Integrated Data Storage

  • 4 Scary Mistakes Technology Departments are Making

    IDS
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Halloween is a great reminder for everyone to take some time and enjoy their favorite spooky activities, but what about the really scary stuff? In honor of Halloween we are breaking down the top four truly scary mistakes that technology departments are making today. If you see a frightening mistake that sounds familiar, take a ...
  • WAN vs. WAN Optimization

    Mike Murphy
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Last week, I compared Sneakernet vs. WAN. And I didn’t really compare the two with any WAN optimization products—just a conservative compression ratio of around 2x, which can be had with any run-of-the-mill storage replication technology or something as simple as WinZip. But today, I want to show the benefits of putting a nice piece ...
  • Troubleshooting SMB 2.1 Data Migration To NetApp

    Brad Voogel
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    With the advent of Clustered Data ONTAP (cDOT) and SMB 3.0, a lot of the legacy SMB issues you’d typically run into have all but been rectified in Microsoft’s update to their protocol. However, a move to Server 2012 is in order to take advantage of SMB 3.0. A lot of IT organizations have the ...
  • Sneakernet vs. WAN: When Moving Data With Your Feet Beats Using The Network

    Mike Murphy
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Andrew S. Tanenbaum was quoted in 1981 as saying “Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway.” The underlying story on this is written in the non-fiction section of Wikipedia. It was derived from NASA and their Deep Space network tracking station between Goldstone, CA and their other ...
  • Taking an active role in your personal data management and how it affects you.

    Brad Voogel
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    In light of the recent hacking scandals with large national retailers and exploit attacks into celebrity iCloud accounts, taking an active role in personal data security is more relevant than ever. Due diligence and integrity of personal data is ultimately our responsibility as end users. Especially so, as retailers continue to lobby Washington against upgrading ...
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  • Work Arounds

    3 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Over the last few months we have been rebuilding our network infrastructure which has been evolving with our business over the last 25 years. The last major upgrade we did was in 2002 and since then there have been a lot of additional servers and people added to the company. As we grew and added to our network we kept adapting what we had to make it work, so there were many work arounds and slowly but surely we grew a very complicated tapestry of a network design.  Last year we decided that our engineering team would slowly rebuild our network infrastructure and storage design in between…
  • The sun is setting on a free and open internet.

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Zerowait has grown into an international company due to the internet and our customers communicate with us from all parts of the globe. We use VPN's, on line meetings, messaging   and VOIP  with our customers no matter where they are.  I met our corporate attorney (Philp Corwin)  on a flight to Australia when he was on his way to an ICANN conference and  over the last several years he has been an integral part of our team as we have grown internationally. Phil was quoted in an article in the Wall Street Journal  and we agree with him, Gordon Crovitz , and the…
  • Peachtree Upgrade to Sage 50 on our NetApp Filer

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Zerowait has been using the Peachtree accounting package for many years. Over the past decade, we worked our way through the BTreive to Pervasive upgrade, and this year there was a major upgrade to SAGE 50, required by the new owners of Peachtree, Sage Software. Upgrading a company’s accounting package is something that has to be done carefully. Since we had deployed Peachtree on an ISCSI mounted LUN on our NetApp Filer and we were migrating the app server to a Virtual Machine environment, our upgrade had a few more intricacies than normal to resolve.The discovery phase of this project…
  • Management Myopia

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    NetApp's aggressiveness in forcing their customers to upgrade to Cluster Data OnTap  8.2  (CDOT 8.2) is worrying a lot of NetApp storage engineers. From the cost of the hardware and software required for the upgrade to the disruption of stable storage systems, NetApp's stance is causing storage engineers and their managers to look at alternative storage solutions. It seems that NetApp's management has lost sight of a significant portion of their customers' needs, and is now focused on forcing their customers to upgrade.There is a theory that I have heard which is based on the idea…
  • Autumn for big storage vendors

    10 Jun 2014 | 12:26 pm
    One of the unintended consequences of virtualization is that it frees the consumer from the lock in of the hardware manufacturer.  At first this was just a problem for the folks making servers as applications and hardware were migrated to the web for efficiencies of scale.  As time went on the virtualization of ecommerce payment, CRM, and small business accounting all proved that small business could compete in larger markets by streamlining the costs of IT and its associated staff.  The online companies that could provide these services used Virtual Machines built on high…
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  • Automatic RMS Protection of non-MS Office files using FCI and the Rights Management Cmdlets

    Will Gries
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) is a built-in feature on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 that helps IT admins to manage their organization's data on file servers by providing automatic classification processes. Using rules which are constructed with regular expressions, PowerShell, and/or .NET or native modules, FCI can identify sensitive files and perform actions such as encrypting Microsoft Office documents with Rights Management Services (RMS), expiring files that have passed a defined date limit, or other custom action (defined through…
  • Come see Windows Server Technical Preview sessions at TechEd Europe next week!

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Hi folks, Ned here again. I will be presenting at TechEd Europe in Barcelona Oct 28-31, with my focus on Storage Replica. There are plenty of great presentations on our latest Windows Server 2012 R2 tech and dives into new Windows Server Technical Preview solutions, such as cluster rolling upgrades, scale out storage changes, the new MS Cloud Platform System done in partnership with Dell, storage QoS, and more. Here's a good intro to whet your appetite: CDP-B222 Software Defined Storage in the Next Release of Windows Server - Tuesday, October 28 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM…
  • Storage Replica Guide Released for Windows Server Technical Preview

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    With the release of the Windows Server Technical Preview, we’ve unveiled a new feature, Storage Replica. Today we released a step-by-step guide to match. Storage Replica enables storage-agnostic, block-level, synchronous replication between clusters or servers for disaster recovery, as well as stretching of a failover cluster for high availability. Synchronous replication enables mirroring of data in physical sites with crash-consistent volumes ensuring zero data loss at the file system level. Asynchronous replication allows site extension beyond metropolitan ranges with the possibility of…
  • Moving users to different Sync Shares

    Jane Yan[MSFT]
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    User folders are associated with a sync share, and there are times you will need to move a user to different sync shares. For example, maybe the user changed jobs from HR to Finance, which has its own sync share. The process is pretty straightforward, by changing the user’s security memberships. This blog post goes into the detail on how this works, as well as how to assign security groups to sync shares. How users are given access to sync shares Access to sync shares is managed by the assignment of users to a specific sync share. Typically, you assign one or more security groups to a sync…
  • Using ADFS authentication for Work Folders

    Jane Yan[MSFT]
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Michael has posted a blog post on how to build a topology with Work Folders and ADFS, it provides really good step by step guide, as well as the scripts. I want to build on that, to show you some insight of Work Folders using ADFS authentication. Overview Work Folders supports 2 different authentications: Windows integrated authentication ADFS using OAuth 2.0 (ADFS using Windows Server 2012 R2) When the Work Folders server is configured to use Windows integrated authentication, the client will use Kerberos when the device is logged on with the user domain credentials and connected on the…
 
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  • Learning NSX, Part 17: Adding External L2 Connectivity

    slowe
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is part 17 of the Learning NSX blog series. In this post, I’ll show you how to add layer 2 (L2) connectivity to your NSX environment, and how to leverage that L2 connectivity in an NSX-powered OpenStack implementation. This will allow you, as an operator of an NSX-powered OpenStack cloud, to offer L2/bridged connectivity to your tenants as an additional option. As you might expect, this post does build on content from previous posts in the series. Links to all the posts in the series are available on the Learning NVP/NSX page; in particular, this post will leverage content from…
  • Multi-Machine Vagrant with YAML

    slowe
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this post, I’ll describe a technique I found for simplifying the use of multi-machine Vagrantfiles by extracting configuration data into a separate YAML file. This technique is by no means something that I invented or created, so I can’t take any credit whatsoever; this is an idea I first saw here. I wanted to share it here in the hopes that it might prove useful to a larger audience. If you aren’t familiar with Vagrant and Vagrantfiles, you might start with my quick introduction to Vagrant. I found this technique after trying to find a way to simplify the creation of…
  • Questions for Photography Enthusiasts

    slowe
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s no secret that I’m something of a photography enthusiast. To me, photography is a relaxing puzzle of how to assemble all the various pieces—setting, lighting, exposure, composition, etc.—to create just the right image. I’m not an expert, but that’s OK; I just do this for fun and to relax. If you’d like to see a small sampling of some of the photos I’ve taken, I publish some of them here on 500px.com. I know that a fair number of folks in the IT industry are also photo enthusiasts, and so I was curious to hear some feedback from fellow…
  • Learning NSX, Part 16: Routing to Multiple External VLANs

    slowe
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is part 16 of the Learning NSX series, in which I will show you how to configure VMware NSX to route to multiple external VLANs. This configuration will allow you to have logical routers that could be uplinked to any of the external VLANs, providing additional flexibility for consumers of NSX logical networks. Naturally, this post builds on all the previous entries in this series, so I encourage you to visit the Learning NVP/NSX page for links to previous posts. Because I’ll specifically be discussing NSX gateways and routing, there are some posts that are more applicable than…
  • Technology Short Take #45

    slowe
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #45. As usual, I’ve gathered a collection of links to various articles pertaining to data center-related technologies for your enjoyment. Here’s hoping you find something useful! Networking Cormac Hogan has a list of a few useful NSX troubleshooting tips. If you’re not really a networking pro and need a “gentle” introduction to VXLAN, this post might be a good place to start. Also along those lines—perhaps you’re a VMware administrator who wants to branch into networking with NSX, or you’re a networking guru who…
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  • DCIG 2014-15 High End Storage Array Buyers Guide Now Available

    Chuck Cook
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    DCIG is pleased to announce the release of its inaugural DCIG 2014-15 High End Storage Array Buyers Guide that weights, scores and ranks more than 100 features of thirteen (13) different storage arrays from five different storage providers. The post DCIG 2014-15 High End Storage Array Buyers Guide Now Available appeared first on DCIG.
  • The New Business Case for Deploying Deduplicating Backup Solutions as Virtual Appliances

    Jerome M. Wendt
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Physical, purpose-built deduplicating backup appliances have found their way into many enterprise data centers as they expedite installation and simplify ongoing management of backup data. However there is a growing business case for virtual appliances that offer the benefits of deduplication without the associated hardware costs. To determine when and if a virtual appliance is the correct choice, there are key factors that enterprises must evaluate to arrive at the right decision for a specific office or environment. The post The New Business Case for Deploying Deduplicating Backup Solutions…
  • Break Up or Make Up … Tech Companies Place Their Bets in 2014

    Jerome M. Wendt
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    2014 may eventually come to be characterized as the year of the tech break up. Tech conglomerates such as CA Technologies, HP, IBM and, most recently, Symantec have all opted to go down the “break up” route while others such as Cisco and EMC continue to experience internal and external pressures to pursue this option. But as enterprises look to create more agile, automated, cohesive infrastructures, it may be ultimately leave those such as Dell and Oracle that are opting to "make up" best positioned to deliver on these enterprise demands. The post Break Up or Make Up … Tech…
  • Six Observations about Today’s High End Storage Arrays

    Chuck Cook
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Enterprises investing in today’s high end storage arrays understand the value that these arrays offer in regard to their availability and performance as it can cost upwards of $5,000 for every minute that an application is offline. Applications and data must be available all of the time as any interruption in service can seriously impact a corporation’s revenue and reputation. The post Six Observations about Today’s High End Storage Arrays appeared first on DCIG.
  • Oracle Brings out the Big Guns, Rolls out the FS1 Flash Storage System

    Jerome M. Wendt
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Dedicating a single flash-based storage array to improving the performance of a single application may be appropriate for siloed or small SAN environments. However this is NOT an architecture that enterprises want to leverage when hosting multiple applications in larger SAN environments, especially if the flash-based arrays has only a few or unproven data management services behind it. The new Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System addresses these concerns by providing enterprises both the levels of performance and the mature and robust data management services that they need to move…
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  • Is Computer Data Storage Complex? It Depends

    greg schulz
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    I often get asked, or, told that computer data storage is complex with so many options to choose from, apples to oranges comparison among other things.
  • What does server storage I/O scaling mean to you?

    greg schulz
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Often I hear people talk about scaling only in the context of space capacity. However there are aspects including performance, availability as well as scaling-up or scaling-out. Scaling from application workloads perspectives include four main group themes which are performance, availability, capacity and economics (as well as energy).
  • Lenovo ThinkServer TD340 StorageIO lab Review

    greg schulz
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Earlier this year I did a review of the Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 in the StorageIO Labs (see the review here), in fact I ended up buying a TS140 after the review, and a few months back picked up another one. This StorageIOlab review looks at the Lenovo ThinkServer TD340 Tower Server which besides having a larger model number than the TS140, it also has a lot more capabilities (server compute, memory, I/O slots and internal hot-swap storage bays. Pricing varies depending on specific configuration options, however at the time of this post Lenovo was advertising a starting price of $1,509 USD for…
  • September October 2014 Server and StorageIO Update Newsletter

    greg schulz
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Hello and welcome to this joint September and October Server and StorageIO update newsletter. Since the August newsletter, things have been busy with a mix of behind the scenes projects, as well as other activities including several webinars, on-line along with in-person events in the US as well as Europe.
  • VMware Cisco EMC VCE Zen and now server storage I/O convergence

    greg schulz
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    In case you have not heard, the joint initiative (JV) founded in the fall of 2009 between Intel VMware Cisco and EMC called VCE had a change of ownership today. For those not familiar or who need a recap, VCE was created to create converged server, storage I/O networking hardware and software solutions combing technologies from its investors resulting in solutions called vBlocks.
 
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  • Done

    Martin Glassborow
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    Could VMAX3 possibly be the last incarnation of the Symmetrix that ships? As an Enterprise Array, it feels done; there is little left to do, arguably this has been the case for some time but the missing feature for VMAX had always been ease of use and simplicity. The little foibles such as the Rule of 17, Hypers, Metas, BCVs vs Clones all added to the mystique/complexity and led to many storage admins believing that we were some kind of special priesthood. The latest version of VMAX and the rebrand of the Enginuity into HyperMax removes much of this and it finally feels like a modern…
  • Scrapheap Challenge

    Martin Glassborow
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    On the way to ‘Powering the Cloud’ with Greg Ferro and Chris Evans, we got to discussing Greg’s book White Box Networking and whether there could be a whole series of books discussing White Box storage, virtualisation, servers etc and how to build a complete White Box environment. This lead me to thinking about how you would build an entire environment and how cheap it would be if you simply used eBay as your supplier/reseller.  If you start looking round eBay, it is crazy how far you can make your money go; dual processor HP G7s with 24Gb for less than £1000.; 40 port 10…
  • Take Provisions

    Martin Glassborow
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    Provisioning and utilisation seem to be a perennial subject; there still seems to be a massive problem with large Enterprises who appear to have far too much storage for the amount of data that they store. There are many reasons for this and there is certainly fault on both the customer and vendor side. Firstly, as a customer; you should expect to be able to use all the capacity that you purchase and your internal pricing models should reflect this. Obviously, there is always overhead for data-protection and hot-spares but once this is taken into account, all that capacity should be useable.
  • A Ball of Destruction…

    Martin Glassborow
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    I’m not sure that EMC haven’t started an unwelcome trend; I had a road-map discussion with a vendor this week where they started to talk about upcoming changes to their architecture..my questioning ‘but surely that’s not just a disruptive upgrade but destructive?’ was met with an affirmative. Of course like EMC; the upgrade would not be compulsory but probably advisable. The interesting thing with this one is that it was not a storage hardware platform but a software defined storage product. And we tend to be a lot more tolerant of such disruptive and potentially…
  • Heady Potential Eventually Means Catastrophe?

    Martin Glassborow
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Amongst the storage cognoscenti today on Twitter, there’s been quite a discussion about EMC and HP possibly merging. Most people seem to be either negative or at best disbelieving that something like this would bring value or even happen. But from a technology point of view, the whole thing might make a lot of sense. The storage folks like to point at overlap in the portfolios but I am not convinced that this really matters and the overlap might not be as great as people think. Or at least, the overlap might well finally kill off the weaker products; I’ll let the reader decide…
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  • Confidently Virtualize Business-critical Applications in Microsoft Hyper-V with Symantec ApplicationHA

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    ApplicationHA enhances Microsoft's hypervisor solution and truly brings enterprise-class availability for Microsoft Hyper-V. ApplicationHA leverages more than 12 years of development of well-known Symantec Cluster Server technology to provide an application monitoring package that runs inside a Hyper-V guest operating system, with full integration for Failover Clustering and the Heartbeat monitoring service.Request Free!
  • Virtualization and Cloud are Changing Enterprise Backup. How Prepared are You?

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    View this on-demand webcast to:Discover the key trends that will affect enterprise backup and recovery in the coming yearsLearn how Symantec's latest release - NetBackup 7.6 can help you: Recover any virtual machine within a few minutes Eliminate full backups Protect VMware environments via six new featuresSave you time and keep your data saferRequest Free!
  • Pushing the Boundaries: Symantec's Software-Defined Data Center Powered by VMware vCloud Suite

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Their goal was to transform enterprise customer support services for faster, responsive service, and improve scalability and agility of IT service. Symantec implemented a software-defined data center architecture based on VMware vCloud suite to speed creation of new test environments. It is currently scaled to support more than 200,000 virtual machines, one of the world's largest software-defined data center deployments based on VMware vCloud suite to date. The result of implementing VMware was reduced time for creating test environments from 20-30 hours to minutes.Request Free!
  • Ensuring Fast Failover and Disaster Recovery for Virtualized Enterprise Applications

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Symantec and Red Hat collaborate to deliver an optimized failover solution. This paper examines the advantages that the integration of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Symantec Cluster Server provides to address application high availability and disaster recovery for virtualized environments.Request Free!
  • 10 Critical Questions Manufacturers Should Ask Before Choosing a Cloud-based ERP Solution

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    SaaS, also referred to as “On-Demand” or “Cloud Computing”, eliminates many of the barriers that keep companies from implementing or upgrading their software, and can help you reduce costs. More importantly, it enables you to focus on your core business operations instead of managing IT. Cloud-based ERP, therefore, may be right for your business, but where do you start? This white paper contains 10 questions to ask when considering a Cloud-based ERP solution.Request Free!
 
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  • Paragon Software releases New Hard Disk Manager 15 Suite and Pro editions

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    New features include embedded Recovery Media Builder 3.0, file-level backup and restore for virtual containers, agentless protection of Hyper-V guest machines. Windows 10 users get a free update with the release of the new platform. We’re happy to announce the release of Paragon Hard Disk Manager (HDM) 15 Suite and Professional – complete, all-in-one data management [...]
  • Paragon Protect & Restore 3.5 for businesses of all sizes protects data and restore objectives in virtual and physical environments

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Unified, scalable protection solution for heterogeneous IT infrastructures now with enhanced performance, a new powerful deduplication mechanism, the most efficient Exchange database backup and recovery, protection of virtual machines hosted by Microsoft Hyper-V, Paragon’s proprietary patent-pending data processing techniques and more! Paragon Software Group releases  Paragon Protect & Restore 3.5 – an advanced backup and disaster [...]
  • Paragon Boot Camp Backup Beta is on testing!

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    Paragon Software is happy to invite all interested users to test the beta version of the upcoming Paragon Boot Camp Backup! The only solution to back up Windows under OS X provides sector-level backup, incremental imaging, selective restore and much more under OS X 10.10 Yosemite! More key features and benefits Become a beta tester and download the [...]
  • Paragon Software invites their ExtFS for Windows’s users to participate in the survey

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    To gather typical usage scenarious of the product in order to provide better solutions Paragon Software kindly invites all users of ExtFS for Windows to participate in a short survey! We really  hope our users make use of the product and enjoy its convenience. We will be happy to know more about our users’ experience as [...]
  • Hard Disk Manager 15 Preview is available for a free 90-day evaluation!

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:37 am
    A complete data management tool for physical and virtual storage with maximum flexibility for SMBs and enterprises Paragon Software released a free 90-day trial of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Preview, a complete data management solution with flexible physical and virtual backup formats for businesses. HDM 15 supports the right backup formats for a variety of tasks [...]
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