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  • Hitachi LPARs Provide Safe Multi-Tenant Cloud With Intel E5v3

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    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…
  • Friday hike blogging: Chicken Point

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    Robin Harris
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Got up at 6am last Sunday and headed off to the Broken Arrow trailhead. There are several possible loops but so far I’ve stuck with the longest one around Twin Buttes. It’s about 6.5 miles with over 1300 ft of total vertical, so it’s a decent workout. Lots of great views – I published one earlier – but Chicken Point is my favorite. You can see why. Click to enlarge. The view is in a southerly direction. That’s Bell Rock in the distance. From here I still had close to 4 miles to go, so I headed off to the left and then down to forest floor below. When it…
  • I know what I did last summer in Tennessee!

    Inside System Storage -- by Tony Pearson
    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…
  • Miss Me?

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    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 […]
  • EMC XtremIO Destructive Upgrade Demonstrates Architecture Matters

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    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 ...
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  • 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…
  • If You Think Your Enterprise is not Using Public Cloud Services? Check Again!

    Hu Yoshida
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Recently I was reviewing a slide deck that marketing had put together and I was struck by a statistic, which I thought was dubious. The claim was that there were 545 cloud services that were in use in the average enterprise. I thought this was way out of line as I looked at my own use of public cloud services like Twitter and LinkedIn. I thought the number must be less by an order of magnitude, so I went to research this on the web and I verified that the 545 number was wrong. The correct number is 738 as of 2Q 2014! This is according to Skyhigh Networks’ recently published “Cloud…
  • VMworld – Exciting New and Expanded Capabilities from Hitachi and VMware

    Hu Yoshida
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    VMworld 2014 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, August 24 to 28, has many new products and capabilities to help our customers achieve greater efficiency and availability with infrastructure virtualization.  Some solutions that HDS will highlight in our booth include the following: Business Defined IT With UCP and vCOps VMware users can align IT with business processes through their VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vCOps), coupled with Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) for VMware vSphere and its Unified Compute Platform Director software.  This converged-infrastructure management…
  • Global Storage Virtualization with GAD is GA!

    Hu Yoshida
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The global active device (GAD) feature that we announced with our VSP G1000 storage array on April 23 of this year has been released for General Availability after extensive testing of its use for both block and file storage by several key customer accounts. GAD greatly simplifies and automates high availability to ensure continuous operations for your most mission critical data and applications. With GAD we are extending storage virtualization, which up to now has been vertically oriented behind our enterprise storage systems so that it is extended horizontally across multiple enterprise…
  • Enterprise Mobility Management with – Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere

    Hu Yoshida
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Data mobility, the ability to access, sync, and share data on mobile devices as well as your desktop, enables your enterprise workforce to be more productive with the agility to create and respond to new business opportunities.  However, mobility presents new challenges for IT professionals who are responsible for the protection and governance of enterprise data. Industry surveys show that 28% of corporate data resides on laptops and mobile devices outside the control and supervision of corporate IT. The industry is recognizing the need to bring this data under the control of IT and there…
 
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  • Friday hike blogging: Chicken Point

    Robin Harris
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Got up at 6am last Sunday and headed off to the Broken Arrow trailhead. There are several possible loops but so far I’ve stuck with the longest one around Twin Buttes. It’s about 6.5 miles with over 1300 ft of total vertical, so it’s a decent workout. Lots of great views – I published one earlier – but Chicken Point is my favorite. You can see why. Click to enlarge. The view is in a southerly direction. That’s Bell Rock in the distance. From here I still had close to 4 miles to go, so I headed off to the left and then down to forest floor below. When it…
  • StorPool’s new distributed storage software

    Robin Harris
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    It was obvious in 2006 that Google’s clean-sheet GFS would revolutionize massive storage. The problem has been taking Google’s concepts and scaling them down to less than warehouse scale. A number of companies have tried – Nutanix is probably the latest – and there’s a new entrant. StorPool offers distributed block storage designed to be efficient at handling common business requirements for VMs, containers and bulk storage. StorageMojo spoke to founders Boyan Ivanov and Boyan Krosnov a couple of weeks ago about what they are shipping today. To achieve that…
  • Friday hike blogging: Brins Mesa

    Robin Harris
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    With family visiting I only got out once this week: a 3 hour hike on the Brins Mesa, Soldiers Pass, Cibola and Jordan Trail’s loop. It’s a favorite: bracing vertical; much variety; not too many tourists (usually); and, of course, fabulous vistas. We’re just coming to the end of Arizona’s monsoon season, which has been – thankfully – especially rainy, although we’ve avoided the drenchings that the Phoenix area has seen. What I like about summer and winter are the clouds that dapple the rocks, as in this view: Click to enlarge. This was taken on top of…
  • Optimizing erasure-coded storage for latency and cost

    Robin Harris
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Erasure coded (EC) storage has achieved remarkable gains over current RAID arrays in fault-tolerance and storage efficiency, but the knock against it is performance. Sure, it’s highly available and cheap, but it’s slo-o-w. Advanced erasure codes – those beyond traditional RAID5 and RAID6 – require a lot more compute cycles to work their magic than the parity calculations RAID uses. With the slowdown in CPU performance gains, waiting for Moore’s Law to rescue us will take years. But in a recent paper Joint Latency and Cost Optimization for Erasure-coded Data…
  • HGST & Amplidata to co-develop “ultra-dense” storage

    Robin Harris
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Amplidata announced this morning that Western Digital Capital has made a $10m investment. HGST, a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Digital Corp., has selected Amplidata’s Himalaya software to jointly develop a family of ultra-dense storage solutions to address the rapidly growing demand to store data in public and private cloud data centers. . . . The companies will partner to create solutions that will dramatically improve the storage economics for the Exabyte-scale needs of the world’s largest businesses and will be available in the market during the first half of 2015. The…
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  • 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]…
  • IBM Corporate Technology Social Business Imact Award for 2013

    TonyPearson
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    This week, I was one of the 24 recipients of the IBM Corporate Technology Social Business Impact awards! The list of recipients spans 14 countries (in alphabetical order): Country Award recipient Australia Darryl Miles Brazil Sergio Varga Egypt Ahmed Abbass France Jean Francois Puget Germany Turgut Aslan Detlef Helmbrecht Sebastian Thaele India Prashanta Chandramohan Vinod A Valecha1 Italy Massimo Chiriatti Bruno Portaluri Korea JungWoon Lee HyungKeun Park Netherlands Edwin Schouten Poland Renata Anna Bilecka Spain Maria Borbones Switzerland Alessandro Sorniotti1 United Kingdom Richard G…
  • IBM Watson inspires DaveAlex to build his own for personal use

    TonyPearson
    17 Jun 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Years ago, I wrote a series of blog posts related to IBM Watson computer that played Jeopardy! game show. My most popular post to-date has been [IBM Watson -- How to replicate Watson hardware and systems design for your own use in your basement], which I had previously used "Watson Jr." an an unofficial name for your own personal implementation. Over time, I have gotten many emails, comments and tweets related to this post. The instructions have been downloaded over 130,000 times! The letter below was so inspiring that I felt I need to share it. (Published here with permission from…
  • IBM Edge2014 - Day 2 Delivering on the Promise of the Future Made with IBM

    TonyPearson
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Continuing my coverage of the [IBM Edge2014 conference], IBM's premiere conference for System Storage and related products, I attended keynote sessions on Tuesday morning, titled "Delivering on the Promise of the Future: Made with IBM". Once again, Stephen Leonard, IBM General Manager, STG Sales, served as emcee for this general session. Yesterday, the executives focused on the "What" and "Why" for new IT initiatives. Today, they want to tackle "How" to accomplish all this. Robert LaBlanc, IBM Senior Vice President, Software and Cloud Solutions…
 
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  • 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 […]
  • Heads Down Getting Ready for SHARE 2014

    Administrator
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    I will be talking about Disaster Recovery Requirements in the Agile Mainframe Data Center on Friday, August 8, in Pittsburgh. The talk has been selected for live streaming, so the world will be able to tune in. If you are interested, here is a link to register for SHARE. LINK I am going to count […]
  • The Irritation of Storage Tribalism (and Comment Response)

    Administrator
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    I know, I know. As a tech writer and blogger, I should be immune to the occasional pushback from readers who hold views that differ from my own. I usually have a pretty thick skin, but I really hate it when I take the time to respond to commenters only to have the comment facility […]
  • Linear Tape File System: The Only Real Software-Defined Storage?

    Administrator
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
      At the IBM Edge 2014 conference in Las Vegas this past May, I had the chance to reconnect with the IBMers most responsible for the development and marketing of the Linear Tape File System (LTFS). I had interviewed Ed Childers, who hails out of IBM Tucson, before. He has been my go-to guy on […]
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  • 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 ...
  • Why Have VVOLs Taken So Long to Deliver?

    Chris M Evans
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:37 am
    Another VMworld has come and gone and still we haven’t seen the production deployment of VVOLs.  Just to recap, VVOLs are the evolution of the packaging of virtual machines that currently reside in data stores.  The main benefit is to be able to apply storage performance and availability policies to a VM object rather than ...
  • Gartner Reveals Increasingly Irrelevant All Flash Array MQ

    Chris M Evans
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Chris Mellor has posted a new ‘Register article that covers the inaugural Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid State (or all-flash) Arrays.  It’s an interesting read, with EMC and Pure Storage topping the polls and IBM not far behind.  However as the use of flash within the enterprise has increased, the idea of a magic quadrant ...
  • Another $140m for Nutanix as the Spectre of EVO Rises

    Chris M Evans
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Today Nutanix Inc announced another (series E) round of funding from undisclosed investors to bring the total investment in the company to $312m (see Codex entry for Nutanix for details). There’s no doubting the timing of this announcement is no accident, coming in the same week that VMware announced it’s entry into the hyper-converged market with ...
 
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  • 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 ...
  • Why Thinking Like A Child Matters In Business And IT

    Mike Murphy
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    They say that youth is wasted on the young. Children often have the luxury of acting without thinking, doing and then failing, and then just getting back up again with little more cost than a scraped knee and a bruised ego. When I become old enough to drive, I would explore every road I could. ...
  • Insights From The Pony Express: Why The Five-Year Tech Refresh May End Up Costing You More

    Brad Voogel
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Prior to 1860, it could take several weeks to months for correspondence from the east coast to reach the Pacific states. As settlement of the West exploded due to the promise of free land from the Homestead Act and the discovery of gold, a faster line of communication was needed. Especially with war looming, the ...
  • Flash Is Dead: The Next Storage Revolution Is About CPUs and RAM

    Mike Murphy
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Alright, flash is not dead, it’s thriving. People love SSDs in their phones and laptops, because it’s so much faster than traditional hard drives. They are faster because they have lower latency, which is to say that they allow the computer to “wait less.” SSDs operate in the millisecond and tenth of a millisecond time ...
  • Reconsidering 2-Node Architecture: Design Your Data Center With “3s and 5s”

    Mike Murphy
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    In the enterprise IT world, most people would agree that all your eggs in one basket is not ideal. However, if you scale too wide, you have to manage all that overhead. That’s why a brilliant and experienced enterprise architect once told me that he prefers “3s and 5s.” If you have anything in your ...
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  • Thinking About Intel Rack-Scale Architecture

    slowe
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    You may have heard of Intel Rack-Scale Architecture (RSA), a new approach to designing data center hardware. This is an idea that was discussed extensively a couple of weeks ago at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2014 in San Francisco, which I had the opportunity to attend. (Disclaimer: Intel paid my travel and hotel expenses to attend IDF.) Of course, IDF 2014 wasn’t the first time I’d heard of Intel RSA; it was also discussed last year. However, this year I had the chance to really dig into what Intel is trying to accomplish through Intel RSA—note that I’ll use…
  • A Quick Introduction to Vagrant

    slowe
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    This post will provide a quick introduction to a tool called Vagrant. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock—or, more likely, been too busy doing real work in your data center to pay attention—you’ve probably heard of Vagrant. Maybe, like me, you had some ideas about what Vagrant is (or isn’t) and what it does (or doesn’t) do. Hopefully I can clear up some of the confusion in this post. In its simplest form, Vagrant is an automation tool with a domain-specific language (DSL) that is used to automate the creation of VMs and VM environments. The idea is that…
  • IDF 2014: Architecting for SDI, a Microserver Perspective

    slowe
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:26 am
    This is a liveblog for session DATS013, on microservers. I was running late to this session (my calendar must have been off—thought I had 15 minutes more), so I wasn’t able to capture the titles or names of the speakers. The first speaker starts out with a review of exactly what a microserver is; Intel sees microservers as a natural evolution from rack-mounted servers to blades to microservers. Key microserver technologies include: Intel Atom C2000 family of processors; Intel Xeon E5 v2 processor family; and Intel Ethernet Switch FM6000 series. Microservers share some common…
  • IDF 2014: Open Source Storage Optimizations

    slowe
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    This is a liveblog of IDF 2014 session DATS009, titled “Ceph: Open Source Storage Software Optimizations on Intel Architecture for Cloud Workloads.” (That’s a mouthful.) The speaker is Anjaneya “Reddy” Chagam, a Principal Engineer in the Intel Data Center Group. Chagam starts by reviewing the agenda, which—as the name of the session implies—is primarily focused on Ceph. He next transitions into a review of the problem with storage in data centers today; specifically, that storage needs “are growing at a rate unsustainable with today’s…
  • IDF 2014 Day 2 Recap

    slowe
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Following on from my IDF 2014 Day 1 recap, here’s a quick recap of day 2. Data Center Mega-Session You can read the liveblog here if you want all the gory details. If we boil it down to the essentials, it’s actually pretty simple. First, deliver more computing power in the hardware, either through the addition of FPGAs to existing CPUs or through the continued march of CPU power (via more cores or faster clock speeds or both). Second, make the hardware programmable, through standard interfaces. Third, expand the use of “big data” and analytics. Technical Sessions I…
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  • DCIG Joins the Dell Founders 50 Fall Club

    Jerome M. Wendt
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many companies start out with a vision of how they might deliver a product or service that makes a difference or improves the world in which we live. Yet out of those thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of companies, very few manage to bring together that special combination of the right product, skill sets, timing, hard work and perseverance to actually turn that vision into a reality. Today, DCIG reached an important milestone in its growth by being recognized as just such a company by officially joining the Dell Founders 50 Fall 2014 class. The post DCIG Joins the Dell…
  • Four Key Product Research Questions Answered by a DCIG Buyer’s Guide

    Ken Clipperton
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    DCIG creates Buyer’s Guides in order to help end users jumpstart the research and decision-making process. We do this by providing an informed, third party evaluation of products that scores their features from an end user viewpoint. DCIG’s product rankings dashboards and standardized one-page data sheets enable “at-a-glance” comparisons that help organizations to quickly get to a short list of products that may warrant a closer look. The post Four Key Product Research Questions Answered by a DCIG Buyer’s Guide appeared first on DCIG.
  • Clarifying Comments about the Midrange Unified Storage Array vs Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guides

    Ken Clipperton
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    An original version of a recent article on The Register site reported on the release of the DCIG 2014-15 Midrange Unified Storage Array Buyer’s Guide with the observation, “Tech analyst DCIG has released the 2014 refresh of its Mid-Range Array report and there are a few surprises. NetApp tops the list and the landscape is full of upset apple carts.” The post Clarifying Comments about the Midrange Unified Storage Array vs Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guides appeared first on DCIG.
  • Six Ways Public Cloud Gateways Benefit Businesses

    Chuck Cook
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:15 am
    An Omaha city employee recently gained unwanted public visibility after they sent twelve filing cabinets containing a hundred years of irreplaceable original building permits from the basement of City Hall to the county dump. It turns out that the head of the permits and inspections division decided to get rid of the cabinets as part of cleaning out its basement storage area. They did not realize that other city employees regularly pulled the permits, which dated from the 1880s through the 1980s. They were also apparently unaware that a local preservation group was developing a plan to move…
  • DCIG 2014-15 Midrange Unified Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

    Ken Clipperton
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    DCIG is pleased to announce the September 2 release of the DCIG 2014-15 Midrange Unified Storage Array Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks more than 200 features of forty (40) different storage arrays from fourteen (14) different storage providers. The plethora of vendors and products in the marketplace–combined with a lack of readily available comparative data–can make product research and selection a daunting task. DCIG creates Buyer’s Guides in order to help end users accelerate the product research and selection process–driving cost out of the research process while…
 
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  • Seagate has shipped over 10 Million storage HHDD’s, is that a lot?

    greg schulz
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:33 pm
    These HHDDs or SSHDs are self-contained in that the flash are built-in to the actual drive as part of its internal electronics circuit board (controller). This means that the drives should be transparent to the operating systems or hypervisors on servers or storage controllers without need for special adapters, controller cards or drivers. In addition, there is no extra software needed to automated tiering or movement between the flash on the HHDD or SSHD and its internal HDD, its all self-contained managed by the drives firmware (e.g. software).
  • Docker for Smarties (e.g. non-dummies) from VMworld 2014

    greg schulz
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Docker is a new way of abstracting applications and the data infrastructures (servers, storage, networking, hardware) they run on using containers. Check out this StorageIO Industry Trends Perspective video podcast to get an overview of docker including hearing from a docker.com systems engineer from VMworld 2014.
  • SNIA announces Cloud Data Management Initiative (CDMI) V1.1

    greg schulz
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    In case you missed it, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) recently released their version 1.1 of its Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) specification.
  • CompTIA needs input for their Storage+ certification, can you help?

    greg schulz
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    CompTIA needs input for their Storage+ certification, can you help? The CompTIA folks are looking for some comments and feedback from those who are involved with data storage in various ways as part of planning for their upcoming enhancements to the Storage+ certification testing. As a point of disclosure, I am member of the CompTIA […]
  • August 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter

    greg schulz
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Welcome to the August 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization, software defined and data infrastructure topics. This past week I along with around 22,000 others attended VMworld 2014 in San Francisco. For those of you in Europe, VMworld Barcelona is October 14-16 2014 with registration and more information found here. Watch for more post VMworld coverage in upcoming newsletters, articles, posts along with other industry trend topics. Enjoy this edition of the StorageIO Update newsletter and look forward to catching up with you…
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  • The Rack Endgame: Open Compute Project

    Stephen
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    On reading my thoughts about the evolution of enterprise storage, culminating in what I called “The Rack Endgame” where a rack of storage, networking, and compute becomes a the basic entity of the datacenter, many pointed out that this looks an awful lot like the Facebook-led Open Compute Project (OCP). This is entirely intentional. But OCP is simply one expression of this new architecture, and perhaps not the best one for the enterprise. The Open Compute Project has developed a standard for “Endgame” rack infrastructure Hyperscale Versus Enterprise Years ago, companies like…
  • Cisco’s Trojan Horse

    Stephen
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Industry watchers like me have long wondered when Cisco will transform itself into a full-line IT infrastructure vendor. This strategy was tipped in 2009 as Cisco barged into the server market with UCS. But one leg of the stool is still missing: Storage remains the province of Cisco partners like EMC and NetApp. The Rack Endgame I recently wrote about “The Rack Endgame”, a serious challenge to the enterprise storage status quo in which the current datacenter architecture with centralized networked storage arrays is blown apart by virtualization and distributed storage. It’s worthwhile…
  • The Rack Endgame: A New Storage Architecture For the Data Center

    Stephen
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Although today’s enterprise storage arrays target “the fat middle” of the market, virtualized and distributed storage change everything. What form does enterprise storage take in the new data center? Think top-of-rack flash, bottom-of-rack capacity, and a whole world of new interconnects! Here’s the Rack Endgame series: The Fat Middle: Today’s Enterprise Storage Array Virtualized and Distributed Storage: This Time For Sure! The Rack Endgame: A New Storage Architecture For the Data Center Two Kinds of Storage Enterprise storage has two jobs to do: Long-term capacity…
  • Virtualized and Distributed Storage: This Time For Sure!

    Stephen
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’ve posted before about the spot where most successful enterprise storage arrays sit: The “fat middle” between performance and capacity. But software is driving a wedge into the SAN, and I see radical architectural change on the horizon. There are so many storage virtualization technologies sneaking into server architecture that it’s impossible to think one won’t take hold. And virtualized storage doesn’t want a “fat middle” array! The principles of data physics suggest that data should be located closer to compute Here’s the Rack…
  • #VMEspresso with @SolarWinds at #VMworld: “Storage I/O is About to Get Crazy”

    Stephen
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Storage interconnects are about to be revolutionized, and virtualization is the driving force. Traditional SAN and NAS has been augmented with technologies like VAAI to work with the “I/O Blender” presented by the hypervisor, but this is just the first step. Next comes distributed and converged storage technologies like VSAN. But this opens the doors to new I/O technologies that could transform the datacenter. What happens when PCI Express, SAS, and even memory channel storage becomes the status quo? Join me for #VMEspresso at #VMworld courtesy of @SolarWinds Find out in this breakfast…
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  • 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…
  • Singing the lowest note…

    Martin Glassborow
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    The problem with many discussions in IT, is that they rapidly descend into one that looks and feels like a religious debate; whereas reality is much more complex and the good IT specialist will develop their own syncretic religion and pinch bits that work from everywhere. One of the things that many of us working in Enterprise IT is that our houses have many rooms and must house many differing belief systems; the one true way is not a reality. And any organisation more than fifteen years old has probably built up a fair amount of incompatible dogmas. For all the pronouncements of the…
  • ESXi Musings…

    Martin Glassborow
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    VMware need to open-source ESXi and move on; by open-sourcing ESXi, they could start to concentrate on becoming the dominant player in the future delivery of the 3rd platform. If they continue with the current development model with ESXi; their interactions with the OpenStack community and others will always be treated with slight suspicion. And their defensive moves with regards to VIO to try to keep the faithful happy will not stop larger players abandoning them to more open technologies. A full open-sourcing of ESXi could bring a new burst of innovation to the product; it would allow the…
  • Death of the Salesman

    Martin Glassborow
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    Reflecting recently on the changes that I have seen in the Enterprise IT market, more specifically the Enterprise storage market; I have come to the conclusion that over the past five years or so, the changes have not been so much technological but everything  around the technology and it’s packaging. There appears to be significantly less selling going on and a lot more marketing. This is not necessarily a good thing; there is more reliance than ever on PowerPoint and fancy marketing routines. More gimmick than ever, more focus on the big launch and less on understanding what the…
  • Pay it back..

    Martin Glassborow
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    Linux and *BSD have completely changed the storage market; they are the core of so many storage products, allowing start-ups and established vendors to bring new products to the market more rapidly than previously possible. Almost every vendor I talk to these days have their systems built on top of these and then there are the number of vendors who are using Samba implementations for their NAS functionality. Sometimes they move on from Samba but almost all of version 1 NAS boxen are built on top of Samba. There is a massive debt owed to the community and sometimes it is not quite as…
 
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  • Mitigating Risks of Cloud Computing with SSL Certificates

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The users of cloud computing services and cloud vendors have a shared responsibility to protect private and confidential information. Mitigation of the security risks associated with cloud computing involves:Protecting data moving into and out of the cloudProtecting data at rest in the cloudAuthenticating servers in the cloudTogether, these three applications of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technologies provide fundamental protections essential for ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of data in the cloud.Request Free!
  • Managing Access to SaaS Applications

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    First, cloud computing provides easy and dynamic access to information technology.Next, the ecosystem of cloud-based SaaS applications has exploded thanks to cloud computing.Finally, this SaaS ecosystem has helped power an even bigger boom of consumer-friendly mobile devices and apps that access SaaS.This Essential Guide examines the opportunities and challenges of empowering, yet controlling, user access to SaaS applications. Specifically, identity management as a service promises to simplify secure access, and management of SaaS applications while reducing password sprawl. This guide will…
  • SANS Critical Security Controls: From Adoption to Implementation

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Critical Security Controls (CSCs), a well-known roadmap for enterprise information assurance published and maintained by the Council on CyberSecurity, is being widely adopted across financial and government sectors, according to the second SANS survey on CSC adoption.Download this report from SANS to find out why more and more organizations of various types consider the CSCs a reliable mechanism to reduce attack surfaces, increase visibility and improve protection and response.Request Free!
  • Riverbed Whitewater / Amazon Glacier ROI for Backup and Archiving

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
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  • Maximizing Data Security with Whitewater Cloud Storage Gateways

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Information is becoming the currency of the 21st century, and organizations of all sizes are creating more information than ever before. Frequently, organizations struggle with how best to balance storage requirements with available budgets. The benefits of greater storage capacity are clear: better change management and roll-back, easier archival and discovery, reliable backup and recovery. But to continually grow on-site capacity requires unsustainable investment and introduces unnecessary risk. Prominent cloud service providers present an appealing alternative with their vast amounts of…
 
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  • Gartner Releases Flash Array Critical Capabilities Study – Solidfire, Pure Storage Come In First

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    6 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    In the past, I have provided a number of questions to ask a vendor before buying a flash array, Recommended Reading : Key Questions to Ask Your Flash Array Vendor Before You Buy.  I now recommend also that those interested in flash array purchases look at the following report as well. Gartner has released a critical compatiblities study with a number of use-cases : Overall use-case  (Solidfire, Pure Storage and Kaminario were 1-2-3) Transaction-Processing use-case (Pure Storage, Solidfire and Kaminario were 1-2-3) Server Virtualization use-case  (Pure Storage, Solidfire and…
  • Fusion IO Blows Through 1 million IOPS to Nine Million IOPS in Transaction Logging App Use-Case

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Everywhere there is this need for speed. One flash array vendor thought that benchmarking a single VM to achieve a million IOPS was particularly useful or interesting. Marginally.  However, I found that the real example of speed comes from Fusion IO and it has demonstrated it could deliver 9 million IOPS from a single 365 GB MLC Fusion ioDrive2 card. Watch the video the number is actually 9.6 million IOPS.  Unbelievable. And a quick brief on the use-case : Here is a nice detailed presentation/talk from youtube on it : And a presentation on it : The key aspect beyond the sheer hardware…
  • Why Lego Makes Sense in Toys, Software, Servers and Storage

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    24 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    Legos are remarkable. You can almost build anything with them, however, that is really not the only remarkable aspect of legos. The underlying lesson is that from very small inter-operable parts you can efficiently build very big things. The lego approach has found itself into software practices and as well to servers. Good software design emphasizes small generic functions that can be used extensively and flexibly by other functions. On the server front – while very large servers still exist and serve many useful functions – the majority of data centers are building clouds from a…
  • Sea Change : New Gartner Report on Flash Storage in 2013- IBM, Pure Storage come in #1 and #2

    admin
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:25 pm
    In September of last year I made a small prediction that with a slew of new players and many more agile ones competing in the flash storage array area that they would pose a big problem for  the leaders at the time.  Specifically, I pointed to strong new storage competitors and storage/software features as one of the reasons why things would change. I said – Odds were that the next Gartner Report would look very different from the last one. And it does.  You can find the original post at Sea Change : For a Gartner Report on Flash Storage : Last Year was, well, last year. We have been…
  • Recommended: Flash Accelerating Oracle RAC in 16RU & VMware Power Savings with Local Flash

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    13 Jun 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Fusion-io, Dell, and Mellanox have built a very small footprint (16RU), extremely fast, and price-sensitive reference architecture for Oracle RAC 12c. It is very impressive on a number of counts.  It further highlights the move to using local flash storage over remote flash storage arrays.  This solution aims at reducing hardware sprawl and power consumption by achieving higher performance in a smaller footprint.  From the description – “This reference architecture features four Fusion ION Accelerators and four Oracle RAC database nodes all connected through redundant…
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