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  • Retiring the Rockstar: A Counterpoint

    Scott's Weblog
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    “You’re a rockstar!” Chances are, you’ve either a) been told this as a compliment for some work you’d done; b) heard this told to someone else for some work they’d done; or c) told someone this for some work they’d done. If you said this to someone else—I just told someone this quite recently—chances are also very likely that you had nothing but positive intentions behind this statement and your goal was to compliment them on what you saw as outstanding work. But is “rockstar” the wrong term to use? And if so, what is the right term? Recently, Tyler Britten (a very…
  • Microsoft Ignite Storage and HA sessions: Come for the swag, stay for the sessions

    The Storage Team at Microsoft - File Cabinet Blog
    NedPyle [MSFT]
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Hi folks, Ned here again. If you have not heard, Microsoft Ignite is coming. If you’re thinking about joining us or already planning your must-see breakouts, here’s a list of the Windows Server vNext Storage and High Availability sessions presented by Microsoft. Truthbombs will be dropped, smackdown will be laid, surprises will be sprung, and announcements will be… eh… announced. I’m not kidding about the loot, either. Some lucky individuals attending Storage Replica sessions will get limited edition “Kalamity Jake the Disaster Ape” stickers. Find…
  • Dispelling Myths about IOPs

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    Hu Yoshida
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Since the SPC numbers for the G1000 came in at 2 million IOPs and blew away every other all flash array vendor, there have been a number of posts in the blog sphere discussing the relevance of IOPs as a measure of performance. Lets look at some of the myths about IOPs MYTH #1:  IOPS ARE NOT RELEVANT I agree that IOPS alone are not relevant. However, IOPs are relevant when it is measured within the context of response time, workload, and cost. The G1000′s 2 million IOPS grabbed a lot of attention, but the real story was that G1000 was able to sustain an average response time of .96 ms,…
  • Getting My Presos…and Luggage…Together

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    Administrator
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    Looks like a crazy travel schedule coming up.  Tomorrow:  I am visiting Ft. Lauderdale to conduct some video interviews with George Teixeira and Ziya Aral, my friends of years and the bosses of DataCore Software.  I am looking forward to getting their take on software-defined storage and virtual SAN and to catching up with all […]
  • Storage Field Day 7 – Initial Thoughts

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    Chris M Evans
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    Storage Field Day 7 (11-13 March 2015) proved to be yet another impressive and thought provoking event, with lots of new ideas demonstrating that the storage industry is one of the most innovative and competitive sections of the technology landscape.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll deep dive into some of the more interesting presentations ...
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  • Dispelling Myths about IOPs

    Hu Yoshida
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Since the SPC numbers for the G1000 came in at 2 million IOPs and blew away every other all flash array vendor, there have been a number of posts in the blog sphere discussing the relevance of IOPs as a measure of performance. Lets look at some of the myths about IOPs MYTH #1:  IOPS ARE NOT RELEVANT I agree that IOPS alone are not relevant. However, IOPs are relevant when it is measured within the context of response time, workload, and cost. The G1000′s 2 million IOPS grabbed a lot of attention, but the real story was that G1000 was able to sustain an average response time of .96 ms,…
  • DELIVERING ON INFORMATION INTELLIGENCE

    Hu Yoshida
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:22 am
    For the last five years, Hitachi Data Systems has been following a three-step vision and strategy that was defined by our CEO, Jack Domme, which he first presented at an Executive Advisory Board in August 2010. The foundation for this vision and strategy starts with a continuous infrastructure that enables the non-disruptive access to data, applications, and information over a virtualized infrastructure. The second step was a content management system for structured and unstructured data, that could scale from edge, to core, to public cloud and be accessible anywhere, any time, over any…
  • DATA ENCRYPTION SHOULD BE PART OF YOUR DEFENSIVE GAME PLAN

    Hu Yoshida
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:44 am
    In the last twelve months we’ve seen some massive data security breaches in the United States.  Here is a list with the largest number of customer records exposed to loss: Anthem (80,000,000), Home Depot (56,000,000), JP Morgan Chase (76,000,000), EBay (145,000,000) Target (70,000,000) Living Social (50,000,000) (Source: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/worlds-biggest-data-breaches-hacks) The loss of private information on such a massive scale is every executive’s worst nightmare.  In Target’s case, their CEO Gregg Steinhafel was fired in response to…
  • VSP G1000: THE FASTEST ALL FLASH ARRAY VALIDATED BY SPC-1

    Hu Yoshida
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:06 am
    The System Performance Council SPC-1 tests results for Hitachi VSP G1000 have just been published on the SPC website and the results show that the G1000 is the clear leader in storage performance against the leading all flash storage arrays! VSP G1000 can be configured as an all-flash storage array simply by not adding any spinning disks. The chart above is constructed from data on the SPC-1 website which shows the audited results of the SPC -1 test that was run on different all-flash storage systems. This test consists of a single workload designed to demonstrate the performance of a storage…
  • The Advantages and Benefits of Erasure Coding in the HCP S10

    Hu Yoshida
    4 Feb 2015 | 3:43 pm
    We recently announced the HCP S10 Storage node as part of our HCP portfolio of object storage solutions. See my previous post on the changes that the S10 introduced in the way that we access, manage and protect data. S10 introduced a high capacity commodity disk system with higher availability and faster rebuild times than enterprise disk systems with RAID 6 protection.  This was done through the use of erasure coding and a patented approach to rebuild. “Erasure Coding” (EC) is a method of data protection that is well known in the networking world but is relatively new in the…
 
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  • Getting My Presos…and Luggage…Together

    Administrator
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    Looks like a crazy travel schedule coming up.  Tomorrow:  I am visiting Ft. Lauderdale to conduct some video interviews with George Teixeira and Ziya Aral, my friends of years and the bosses of DataCore Software.  I am looking forward to getting their take on software-defined storage and virtual SAN and to catching up with all […]
  • Software-Defined…well…Everything

    Administrator
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:46 am
     It seems like most of the storage companies I am encountering these days are falling in line with the software-defined aka hyper-converged aka virtual SAN aka direct-attached-to-clustered-servers trope.  Not that all of these products or technologies are all the same, mind you, but everyone seems on board with the idea of pulling value-add functionality off […]
  • Gearing Up for IBM Interconnect Day 2

    Administrator
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    I have been reviewing sessions today at the IBM Interconnect show in Las Vegas and have ID’d one called The New z13: Redefining Digital Business through the Integration of Cloud, Mobile and Analytics that I will attend in about an hour.  This might be a bit of a rehash of the presentations I saw at the […]
  • IBM Interconnect Update Day 1

    Administrator
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Being one of the older folks at the IBM Interconnect show, I need to confess to being a bit dazed and confused.  This show is definitely a mix of older technology norms and newer memes.  The opening keynotes were as good as any I have seen at a show of this type — a good mix […]
  • z13 Momentum Building

    Administrator
    22 Feb 2015 | 9:20 am
    I can’t remember the last time that the mainframe received the kind of attention in “mainstream” tech publications that it has in recent weeks.  Following a brilliant launch event for IBM’s new z System offering in mid-January, Big Blue has taken the show on the road throughout the world.  Able evangelists include IBM VP Kathryn […]
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    Architecting IT Blog

  • Storage Field Day 7 – Initial Thoughts

    Chris M Evans
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    Storage Field Day 7 (11-13 March 2015) proved to be yet another impressive and thought provoking event, with lots of new ideas demonstrating that the storage industry is one of the most innovative and competitive sections of the technology landscape.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll deep dive into some of the more interesting presentations ...
  • X-IO Technologies Takes SPC-1 Value Top Spot with New All-Flash Array

    Chris M Evans
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
    Following on from HDS and NetApp posting news about their Storage Performance Council SPC-1 benchmark results, we’ve seen another two vendors perform tests that have quickly trumped NetApp in the price/performance category.  Current top spot now goes to X-IO Technologies and their new ISE 800 All-Flash Array, which achieves a $0.32/SPC IOP figure, some 40% lower ...
  • SanDisk Enters The Already Crowded All-Flash Market with InfiniFlash Product Line

    Chris M Evans
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:44 am
    Earlier this month SanDisk announced InfiniFlash, their first entry into the All-Flash storage array (AFA) market.  I briefly blogged on the market impacts over on my company blog at Langton Blue; here I’m going to look a bit more into the specifics of the platform. First of all, let’s look at the detail here.  From a ...
  • Storage Field Day 7 – 11-13 March 2015

    Chris M Evans
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:22 am
    Next week I will be in the Bay Area to attend Storage Field Day #7, the latest event of Stephen Foskett’s hugely successful Tech Field Days.  The Tech Field Day (TFD) series has been running since 2009 (see the nice picture with the first attendees in it) and has grown to encompass specific disciplines including virtualisation, networking, ...
  • HDS Top with Latest SPC-1 All-Flash Benchmark

    Chris M Evans
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Following hot on the heels of NetApp and their SPC-1 benchmark figures for the EF560 all-flash array, HDS have announced that the VSP G1000 has delivered the fastest benchmark figures to date, as highlighted in the graph shown here (borrowed from Hu Yoshida’s blog post on the news).  Links to the various SPC-1 results are ...
 
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  • Speaking in Tech #150 – Popping Bubbles

    admin
    11 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    You can listen to the episode from the RSS feed, iTunes or on The Register. Show notes and episode details after the jump… Speaking in Tech #150 – Popping Bubbles Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we dig into the Apple Watch, the death of GigaOm and Microsoft kills backup software. This week’s special guest is Marc Farley of Quaddra Software. This week we discuss… (1:00) – Yet another flying story (5:50) – Apple announces the Apple Watch… again (7:00) – Foskett Fireballed (8:10) – Apple TV and HBO (9:30) – Gold…
  • Speaking in Tech #149 – Performance Review

    admin
    4 Mar 2015 | 8:20 am
    You can listen to the episode from the RSS feed, iTunes or on The Register. Show notes and episode details after the jump… Speaking in Tech #149 – Performance Review Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we dig into HP’s acquisition of Aruba, Tinder pricing for elders and the prospects for Google+. This week’s special guest is Jared Wray, Chief Technology Officer for CenturyLink Cloud. This week we discuss… (1:00) The middle seat dilemma (2:05) Big Aussie invite (5:20) HP snags Aruba for 3 bills (8:22) Tinder Plus surge ricing (11:30) Sarah’s…
  • Speaking in Tech #148 – Magic

    admin
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:27 pm
    You can listen to the episode from the RSS feed, iTunes or on The Register. Show notes and episode details after the jump… Speaking in Tech #148 – Magic Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week the three amigos jump on HP, Exploding Kittens and Magic. This week’s special guest is Bryan Beal, VP, Global Alliances at Brocade. This week we discuss… (1:00) Crying baby backlash (1:55) Shakeup at HP Hellion (7:17) Exploding Kittens makes it rain (10:44) Magic explodes overnight (15:30) Glitter bombs (17:37) Tech Classic: The IBM Selectric (19:35)…
  • Speaking in Tech #147 – 99 Problems

    admin
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:17 pm
    You can listen to the episode from the RSS feed, iTunes or on The Register. Show notes and episode details after the jump… Speaking in Tech #147 – 99 Problems but Private Clouds ain’t one Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week the crew tackles Private Cloud deniers, Amazon’s drone problem and bit rot. This week’s special guest is Jody Tyrus, Sr. Technical Architect, Security at E. & J. Gallo Winery. (0:30) The return of Ed (2:00) Banter: Explaining time difference (6:55) 99 Problems but Private Clouds ain’t one (14:25) FAA sets…
  • Speaking in Tech #146 – Coté

    admin
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:59 am
    You can listen to the episode from the RSS feed, iTunes or on The Register. Show notes and episode details after the jump… Speaking in Tech #146 – Coté Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Ed is replaced by Amy Lewis and joins Sarah and Greg to talk about Sling, the death of enterprise computing and Apple’s Swift programming language. Our special guest this week is Michael Coté of Pivotal Cloud Foundry. This week we discuss: 1:20 – Organizing digital photos 3:30 – Hitachi acquires Pentaho 6:05 – Sling: Internet cable TV comes…
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  • The Case for Disaster Recovery Validation

    Humayun Khan
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) has gotten much attention in the wake of natural and man-made disasters in the recent years. But Executives continue to doubt the ability of IT to restore business IT infrastructure after a serious disaster. And this does not even include the increasing number of security breaches worldwide. By many reports, the confidence level in IT recovery processes is less than 30%, bringing to question the vast amounts of investment poured into recovery practices and recovery products. Clearly, backup vendors are busy – see compiled list of backup products and services…
  • Cloud Breakdown Part 1: Why Businesses are Avoiding Cloud Services Adoption

    Ajay Patel
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:35 pm
    No one will argue that IT organizations today are tasked to do more with less in terms of resources – whether it’s hardware/software or people to support the infrastructure. Private cloud has been a focal point of conversations that we are frequently having with our customers. Some are highly virtualized and others are trying to get their arms around how to manage the sprawling cloud technologies that are knocking at their door. Today, in this continuing Cloud blog series, let’s look at what makes businesses shy away from adoption of cloud services, whether in-house or in public forum,…
  • Trending cDOT Transition Considerations: What You Need to Know

    Brad Voogel
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:05 am
    When considering a transition from current 7-Mode systems to Clustered Data ONTAP (cDOT), it’s important to understand the limitations, timing and complexity. At IDS, we help our customers navigate and understand how this process impacts their production environment. We understand every customer’s architecture is different, but we have compiled some questions that continue to trend in our conversations. Trending cDOT Transition Questions How can we deliver benefits of cDOT without impeding the production 7-Mode systems? We see most customers timing the cDOT transition around a tech…
  • Why Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Makes Sense

    Chris Sawicki
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Many companies are making the investment in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and are various reasons to consider a VDI solution these days. Two of the biggest trends driving this technology are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and Mobility. Many companies are moving away from assigning company assets for personal computers, laptops, tablets and phones. Instead they are giving employees a stipend as part of their salary and letting them choose their devices. This lowers the cost of hardware and software to the company, ensures employees take care of equipment, reduces administration costs for user…
  • The Hotel California Dilemma with Hyperscale Cloud

    Patrick Hayes
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:03 am
    At IDS, we are constantly speaking with IT organizations about our IDS Cloud offering and the marketplace in general. For those of you who don’t know, three years ago we built our own IDS Cloud offering based on the latest FlexPod and Vblock technology. Our Cloud is available with roughly 4PB of storage across geographically-dispersed Data Centers. This was a massive investment for IDS that resulted in a valuable ongoing opportunity for our team. I think everyone at IDS has learned many lessons over the past year surrounding the value of our offering versus the Hyperscale Cloud providers…
 
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    Zerowait High Availability Blog

  • The Reality of QoS and SLA’s on Legacy Filers

    17 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Many NetApp customers around the world have both new and legacy systems and are trying to maintain high availability in a mixed storage infrastructure of different vintages, with different OnTap and firmware versions. In most cases the newer equipment is still covered by the manufacturer’s hardware support warranty, but the older equipment which is also storing critical databases and information is unsupported and maintained with parts that have accumulated in a closet or a desk drawer. Although highly affordable this method is hardly highly reliable; administrators and engineers know that…
  • Big Oil – Big Data – Big Savings

    2 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    During the boom of the last few years the oil and gas business bought a lot of storage equipment.  Zerowait has several oil and gas clients that use our NetApp ZPA legacy support, and some have supplemented their NetApp storage with our SimplStor equipment. Now, as the price of oil is declining company IT staffs are looking for efficiencies and easy ways to cut costs and to extend the life of their storage systems; all without affecting uptime or their quality of service. Zerowait has been supporting the NetApp storage of energy resource companies for over a decade and  as their IT…
  • Peak Performance

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    The end of the year is a time for reflection on this year’s events and planning for next year’s business opportunities. Our customers faced a lot of challenges this year and so did we as the economy changed, the internet faced new challenges and new regulations took effect. As the economies of Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and the USA changed this year our business changed to meet the demands of companies and governments with tighter budgets and growing storage requirements. To meet the demand many of our old and new customers wanted to expand their legacy NetApp…
  • U.S. Government Funding Bill Delays IANA Transition

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    http://www.internetcommerce.org/breaking-u-s-government-funding-bill-delays-iana-transition/Breaking: U.S. Government Funding Bill Delays IANA TransitionOn the evening of Tuesday, September 9th, Congressional leaders unveiled a 1,603 page, $1.01 trillion FY 2015 appropriations bill to fund the U.S. government through the end of September 2015. One provision of the omnibus bill would delay the IANA transition until after the September 30, 2015 expiration of the current contract between the NTIA and ICANN. Language in the billstates:SEC. 540. (a) None of the funds made available by this Act may…
  • Customer Conversations and Product Development

    5 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    I will start this blog by mentioning that I travel a lot; as a business owner I believe that it is important to visit our customers, and as our business has grown internationally this requires me to travel a lot of the year. By visiting our customers I learn a lot about what our customers are thinking. For example, our SimplStor Product Line was developed based customer requests in the USA, and one of our Australian customers encouraged us to develop a CCTV storage version. That Niche has become a major part of our US SimplStor business.Over the last year, many of our NetApp CIFS customers…
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    The Storage Team at Microsoft - File Cabinet Blog

  • Microsoft Ignite Storage and HA sessions: Come for the swag, stay for the sessions

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Hi folks, Ned here again. If you have not heard, Microsoft Ignite is coming. If you’re thinking about joining us or already planning your must-see breakouts, here’s a list of the Windows Server vNext Storage and High Availability sessions presented by Microsoft. Truthbombs will be dropped, smackdown will be laid, surprises will be sprung, and announcements will be… eh… announced. I’m not kidding about the loot, either. Some lucky individuals attending Storage Replica sessions will get limited edition “Kalamity Jake the Disaster Ape” stickers. Find…
  • Tell us what you REALLY think of Storage

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Hi folks, Ned here again to lead with my chin: Are you interested in shaping or influencing the future of storage solutions? The Windows Server team is looking for feedback to help define the next generation of storage. You do not have to use Microsoft storage solutions to respond to this survey or participate in feedback activities. Feedback activities may include surveys, phone interviews or focus groups. If you'd like to participate, please complete this brief 12-question survey. Pow, right in the kissah! - Ned "your punching bag "Pyle
  • Work Folders for iOS – iPad App Release

    Fabian Uhse
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
      We are happy to announce that an iPad app for Work Folders has been released into the Apple AppStore® and is available as a free download. Overview Work Folders is a Windows Server feature that allows individual employees to access their files securely from inside and outside the corporate environment. This app connects to it and enables file access on an Apple iPad. Work Folders enables this while allowing the organization’s IT department to fully secure that data. This app for iPad features an intuitive UI, selective sync, end-to-end encryption and in-app file viewing.
  • Microsoft IFS PlugFest 27 - Calling Filter Driver Developers

    JoseBarreto
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:33 pm
    We are pleased to inform you that IFS Plugfest 27has been scheduled. Here are some preliminary event details:   When Monday, March 30th to Friday, April 3rd, 2015. The event begins at 9am and ends at 6pm each day, except for Friday when it ends at 3pm.   Where Building 37, rooms 1701-1717, Microsoft Campus, Redmond, Washington.   Audience ISVs (Independent Software Vendor) and developers writing file system filter drivers and/or network filter driver for Windows.    Cost Free– There is no cost for this event.   Goal Compatibility testing with Windows 10 and…
  • Sizing Volumes for Data Deduplication in Windows Server

    Paul Despe
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    Introduction One of the most common questions the Data Deduplication team gets seems deceptively simple: "How big can I make my deduplicated volumes?" The short answer is: It depends on your hardware and workload. A slightly longer answer is: It depends primarily on how much and how frequently the data on the volume changes, and on the data access throughput rates of the disk storage subsystem. The Data Deduplication feature in Windows Server performs a number of IO and compute intensive operations. In most deployments, deduplication operates in the background or on a daily schedule…
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  • Retiring the Rockstar: A Counterpoint

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:44 am
    “You’re a rockstar!” Chances are, you’ve either a) been told this as a compliment for some work you’d done; b) heard this told to someone else for some work they’d done; or c) told someone this for some work they’d done. If you said this to someone else—I just told someone this quite recently—chances are also very likely that you had nothing but positive intentions behind this statement and your goal was to compliment them on what you saw as outstanding work. But is “rockstar” the wrong term to use? And if so, what is the right term? Recently, Tyler Britten (a very…
  • A Quick Update on OpenStack Congress

    12 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    OpenStack Congress, a project aimed at providing “policy as a service” for OpenStack clouds, is a project I’ve had the privilege of being involved in from very early days. I first mentioned Congress almost a year ago, and since then the developers have been hard at work on the project. Recently, one of the lead developers posted a summary of some pretty impressive performance improvements that have been made with Congress. I won’t repeat all the sordid details here; for all the details, I encourage you to go read the full post over at ruleyourcloud.com. Just to give you a quick…
  • Technology Short Take #49

    10 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #49 (also known as Distraction-as-a-Service)! I have here for your reading pleasure an eclectic collection of links and articles from around the web, focusing on data center-related technologies. Here’s hoping you find something useful. Bring on the content! Networking I love this post from Matt Oswalt on five next-gen skills for networking pros. I highly recommend you read the entire post, but in short the five skills Matt recommends are software skills (which includes configuration management and software development tools like Git), Linux, deep protocol…
  • Choosing CoreOS over Project Atomic

    8 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Upon hearing the news that Red Hat had released the Atomic Host variant of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, I decided that it would be a good idea for me to take a look at the CentOS flavor of the Atomic Host variant. In case you’re unfamiliar, the Atomic Host variant is the result of Project Atomic, which aimed to provide a container-optimized flavor of RHEL/CentOS/Fedora. This container-optimized flavor would leverage rpm-ostree for atomic system updates (hence the name) and come with Docker preinstalled. What I found, frankly, disappointed me. Before I continue, I will make two very important…
  • Running a Small Docker Swarm Cluster

    6 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    In this post, I’m going to show you how to set up and run your own Docker Swarm cluster. Docker Swarm is a relatively new orchestration tool from Docker (the company) that allows you to create a cluster of hosts running Docker (the open source project) and schedule containers across the cluster. However, just scheduling and running containers across a cluster isn’t enough, so I’ll show you how to add service registration and service discovery to this environment using Consul. In the event you’re interested in following along, I’ve created a set of files that will allow you to use…
 
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  • DCIG 2015-16 Small/Midsize Enterprise (SME) Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

    Chuck Cook
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    DCIG is pleased to announce the March 27 release of the DCIG 2015-16 Small/Midsize Enterprise (SME) Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks more than 90 features of twenty-two (22) hybrid storage arrays from nine (9) different storage providers. The post DCIG 2015-16 Small/Midsize Enterprise (SME) Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available appeared first on DCIG.
  • Refreshed Look of DCIG Home Page Reflects Best of Old and New

    Jerome M. Wendt
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    DCIG is proud to announce the release of its refreshed home page and website. This latest version of DCIG’s website combines the best of what DCIG has historically delivered – informative content in the form of blog entries – as well as a heightened focus on a number of new analyst and software offerings that are based upon the research that goes into the preparation of every DCIG Buyer’s Guide. The post Refreshed Look of DCIG Home Page Reflects Best of Old and New appeared first on DCIG.
  • Performance Testing as a Technology Validation Method is as Complex as It Sounds

    Jerome M. Wendt
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:00 pm
    One of the main objectives of every DCIG Buyer’s Guide is to help enterprises and/or their buyers create a short list of technology products that align with their specific business or technical needs. But once they have a short list of products that meet those needs, they still need some criteria to help them make the right choice from among those products. While there is no silver bullet that guarantees they make the “best” selection, performance testing is an option to which organizations often turn to validate a choice in technology though using this method is as complex as it…
  • Three Specific Use Cases for the Successful Implementation of Software-defined Storage

    Jerome M. Wendt
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:49 pm
    The introduction of first generation software-defined storage solutions (often implemented as appliance and storage controller-based virtualization) went terribly awry when they were originally introduced years ago for reasons that the industry probably only now fully understands and can articulate well. The post Three Specific Use Cases for the Successful Implementation of Software-defined Storage appeared first on DCIG.
  • Three Specific Use Cases for the Successful Implementation of Software-defined Storage

    Jerome M. Wendt
    13 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    The introduction of first generation software-defined storage solutions (often implemented as appliance and storage controller-based virtualization) went terribly awry when they were originally introduced years ago for reasons that the industry probably only now fully understands and can articulate well. While the value of software-defined storage has never been disputed, best practices associated with its implementation, management and support short and long term took time to develop. We are now seeing the fruits of these efforts as evidenced by some of the successful ways in which…
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  • Cloud Conversations: AWS S3 Cross Region Replication storage enhancements

    Greg Schulz
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    There are several regions around the world and up until today AWS customers could copy, sync or replicate S3 bucket contents between AWS regions manually (or via automation) using various tools such as Cloudberry, Cyberduck, S3browser and S3motion to name just a few as well as via various gateways and other technologies. Some of those tools and technologies are open-source or free, some are freemium and some are premium for a few that also vary by interface (some with GUI, others with CLI or APIs) including ability to mount an S3 bucket as a local network drive and use tools to sync or copy.
  • Data Protection Diaries: Are your restores ready for World Backup Day 2015?

    Greg Schulz
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    In case you forgot or did not know, World Backup Day is March 31 2015 (@worldbackupday) so now is a good time to be ready. The only challenge that I have with the World Backup Day (view their site here) that has gone on for a few years know is that it is a good way to call out the importance of backing up or protecting data. However its time to also put more emphasis and focus on being able to make sure those backups or protection copies actually work.
  • Collecting Transaction Per Minute from SQL Server and HammerDB

    Greg Schulz
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:24 pm
    When using benchmark or workload generation tools such as HammerDB I needed a way to capture and log performance activity metrics such as transactions per minute. For example using HammerDB to simulate an application making database requests performing various transactions as part of testing an overall system solution including server and storage I/O activity.
  • Cloud conversations: If focused on cost you might miss other cloud storage benefits

    Greg Schulz
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Note that most reputable cloud providers do not hide their fees even though there are myths that all cloud vendors have hidden fees, instead they list what those costs are on their sites. However that means the smart shopper or person procuring cloud services needs to go look for those fee’s and what they mean to avoid surprises. On the other hand if you can not find what extra fee’s would be along with what is or is not included in a cloud service price, to quote Jenny’s line in the movie Forest Gump, "…Run, Forest! Run!…".
  • Top vblog voting V2.015 (Its IT award season, cast your votes)

    Greg Schulz
    7 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    Eric has run for several years now an annual top VMware, Virtualization, Storage and related blogs voting now taking place until March 16th 2015 (click on the image below). You will find a nice mix of new school, old school and a few current or future school theme blogs represented with some being more VMware specific. However there are also many blogs at the vpad site that have a cloud, virtual, server, storage, networking, software defined, development and other related themes.
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  • Qumulo Launches To Manage Data At Scale

    Stephen
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    “We’re getting the band back together!” That’s how the pitch must have gone for the founding team at Qumulo, who also happened to create Isilon, now a major product at EMC. But what do you do after creating the most successful scale-out storage platform in history? Add in some advanced data management services and make it a software-only platform! What’s Qumulo? CEO Peter Godman is joined by fellow Isilon alums, Aaron Passey (Chief Architect at Isilon and now Qumulo CTO), Neal Fachan (Distinguished Engineer at Isilon and Amazon AWS veteran, now VP of…
  • Predictable Performance Beats Maximum Speed Any Day

    Stephen
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Everyone wants to be the best, so outrageous claims of supremacy are as old as time. In IT, these claims often revolve around synthetic benchmarks chosen to highlight a system’s performance. Buyers have grown wary of these claims, smartly asking to try before they buy. But predictability is even more important than real-world testing, and this is particularly difficult for storage systems to achieve. Who cares if your storage system “goes to eleven” if it can’t stay there all day long? Jingle Bells and Benchmarks Have you ever listened to the lyrics of the classic…
  • Musing: Could We Replace Ethernet With PCIe?

    Stephen
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:46 am
    Greg “EtherealMind” Ferro recently “mused” that it might be a good idea to replace PCI Express (PCIe) inside servers or rack-scale infrastructure with Ethernet. But this seems to be the exact opposite of the direction the industry is headed. Rather than replacing PCIe with Ethernet, companies like Intel seem set on replacing short-range Ethernet (in rack-scale systems) with PCIe! PCIe vs. Ethernet Greg points out (rightly) that electrical signals copper traces on motherboards are currently limited to 15.75 Gbps in PCIe 4.0. With 16 lanes, this brings us to 252 Gbps…
  • vSphere 6: NFS 4.1 Finally Has a Use?

    Stephen
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Way back in the 1990’s, UNIX admins delighted in upgrading from NFSv2 to NFSv3. Then NFSv4 came around and … crickets. Now VMware has become the first major/useful/mainstream application for NFSv4.1, so the floodgates are open! But are they? A Little History A long, long time ago, when Sun was the dominant server company and x86 was still a desktop CPU, computers needed to share files with each other over the network. Sun, being the dominant server company, created a networked file system called, surprisingly, Network File System or NFS for short. Like most things, it took a…
  • NexGen Storage is Back!

    Stephen
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    When NexGen Storage was acquired by Fusion-io, industry analysts scratched their heads and tried to figure out why the PCIe flash darling wanted them. But when flash maker SanDisk acquired Fusion-io, most assumed that was the end of ioControl (neé NexGen). Then something odd happened last week: SanDisk announced a spin-out of the surviving, thriving NexGen Storage. John Spiers and company somehow landed on their feet again! NexGen Storage announced their acquisition by Fusion-io at Storage Field Day 3 on April 24, 2013 LeftHand to NexGen to Fusion-io to SanDisk The so-called hybrid…
 
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  • Punish the Pundits!!

    Martin Glassborow
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:11 pm
    A day rarely goes by without someone declaring one technology or another is dead…and rarely a year goes by without someone declaring this is the year of whatever product they happen to be pimping or in favour of. And yet, you can oft find dead technologies in rude health and rarely does it actually turn out to be the year of the product it is supposed to be the year of. It turns out that pundits (including me) really have little idea what technology is going to die or fly. And that is what makes the industry fun and interesting. The storage industry is especially good for this; SAN is…
  • Scale-Out of Two?

    Martin Glassborow
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:26 am
    One of the things I have been lamenting about for some time with many vendors is that there has been a lack of a truly credible alternative to EMC’s Isilon product in the Scale-Out NAS space. There are some technologies out there that could compete but they just seem to fall/fail at the last hurdle; there are also technologies that are packaged to look like Scale-Out but are cludges and general hotch-potches. So EMC have pretty much have had it their own way in this space and they know it! But yesterday, finally a company came out of Stealth to announce a product that might finally be…
  • Flash in a pan?

    Martin Glassborow
    14 Mar 2015 | 2:59 am
    The Tech Report have been running an ‘SSD Endurance Experiment’ utilising consumer SSDs to see how long they last and what their ‘real world’ endurance is really.  It seem that pretty much all of the drive are very good and last longer than their manufacturers state; a fairly unusual state of affairs that!! Something in IT that does better than it states on the can. The winner is Samsung 840 Pro that manages more than 2.4 Pb of data before it dies! This is great news for consumers but there are some gotchas; it seems that most drives when they finally fail, they fail…
  • A Continuum of Theft…

    Martin Glassborow
    6 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    Apologies, this is a bit rambling but I needed to get some ideas down…and it’s my blog so I’ll ramble if I want to!! We’ve been talking about Cloud in one form or another for many years now; this current iteration of utility computing that has come to be known as Cloud might actually be a thing. And yet, for all of the talk and all of the noise; traditional IT does seem to rumble on. Some analysts will have you believe that we have entered an era of bimodal computing; traditional IT and the new agile movement. Traditional IT that cannot change fast enough to meet…
  • Friday Doom

    Martin Glassborow
    5 Mar 2015 | 11:58 pm
    More and more people seem to think that we are moving to some kind of bimodal storage environment where all your active data sits on AFA and everything else in an object store. Or as I like to think of it; your data comes rushing in as an unruly torrent and becomes becalmed in a big data swamp which stinks up the place; it then sits and rots for many years, eventually becoming the fuel that you run your business on and leads to the destruction of the planet due to targeted advertising of tat that people simply must have! So just say No to Flash and No to Object Storage!
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  • The Essentials of Virtualization - Free Kit

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    The Essentials of Virtualization, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Virtualization related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Virtualization research:Does your Virtualization Platform Matter?When Cloud Makes SenseWhy More CFOs Are Banking on Cloud-base PLMPowering the Hybrid EnterpriseRequest Free!
  • Exploring Windows 8 For Dummies: $9.99 eBook, FREE until Friday!

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Exploring Windows 8 For Dummies packs 168 pages of magazine-style articles, lavish illustrations, and great tips into an eye-catching publication that shows you how to use the new Windows 8 operating system from start to finish. Explore new features, like the touchscreen-style interface, a big change from the classic Windows look and feel.Helps readers get up to speed quickly and get the most out of the new Windows 8 operating systemBreaks down Windows 8 features and functions into a series of magazine-style spreads that offer full-color illustrations and step-by-step instructionCovers new…
  • Wildcard and SAN: Understanding Multi-Use SSL Certificates

    24 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Multi-Use SSL Certificates such as Wildcard and SAN certificates are becoming an increasingly common requirement in securing today's IT infrastructure. Find out about how these certificates can provide greater flexibility to simplify certificate management and reduce costs.Request Free!
  • How TCO Benefits Make Cloud Computing a No-Brainer for Many SMBs and Mid-Market Enterprises

    18 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    Cloud computing eliminates the need for individual companies to buy, deploy and maintain IT infrastructure or application software. In the cloud computing model (also known as software-as-a-service, or SaaS), the vendor takes responsibility for deploying and managing the infrastructure (servers, operating system software, databases, data center space, network access, power and cooling, etc.) and processes (infrastructure patches/upgrades, application patches/upgrades, backups, etc.) required to run and manage the full solution. Because cloud vendors manage all of their customers on a single…
  • Redefining the CIO: Envisioning and Enabling the Next Generation Enterprise

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The role of the CIO is at a critical juncture. In this exclusive Jive eBook, industry analyst Brian Vellmure takes a deep dive into the challenges and opportunities facing today's CIO.Request Free!
 
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  • With Camptune X the whole resize operation is literally as easy as moving a slider!

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Paragon Camptune X Now Resizes Boot Camp Partitions Even on Fusion Drives or FileVault Encrypted Volumes A new Paragon Camptune X comes with Core Storage technology support, a new and more intuitive and reliable interface based on Mac OS X elements, and the ability to identify and automatically fix an unsynchronized partition layout or any file system [...]
  • New Partition Manager 15 performs all kinds of partitioning tasks

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    Wizards keep the job simple, Paragon’s technology keeps data safe Make full use of your hard disk capacity! The Partition Manager offers an extensive range of functions for flexible partitioning, optimization and managing your computer. No matter whether you are restructuring your hard drive and dividing it up in partitions, redistributing free memory storage space, using [...]
  • Paragon releases the first solution to back up Windows under OS X! And it’s free!

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Allows sector-level backup, incremental imaging, selective restore Paragon Boot Camp Backup is the industry’s first and free OS X based backup solution for Windows partitions on Mac computers. The backup tools that are delivered with Apple’s operating system do not support the Windows native file system NTFS and work on the file level only which has [...]
  • Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free and other tools on MacToolbox portal

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:38 am
    Paragon Mac ToolBox portal offers an array of Mac tools to solve anything from operating systems incompatibility issues to redistribution of free space between Mac and Windows partition We are excited to announce Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free – a utility to efficiently clean hard disks and SSDs or permanently erase critical data [...]
  • Paragon Software shares its expertise in wiping SSDs

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    23 Dec 2014 | 4:25 am
    Everything you should know about  disk sanitization techniques for HDDs and SSDs! According to the US Department of Commerce data security breaches cost over $250 billion to US companies per year. This means providing confidentiality implies not only information to be stored properly, but also be destroyed according to certain rules. The article Why_Wipe_SSD is going [...]
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  • How LedgerDocs is Making Tax Season Simple

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:33 pm
    The months of January through April are often known as the busiest months for bookkeepers and accountants and consists of hours on end of preparing and auditing their client’s annual financial statements while also focusing their attention on personal tax returns.
  • LedgerDocs Application Release v5.1

    19 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    We have been working hard here at LedgerDocs to add a number of features that have been based around the feedback from our users. We value your emails and phone calls and hope that you continue to help us shape LedgerDocs with continued improvements.
  • Easily Collect & Collaborate on Documents from Clients – Q&A

    16 Feb 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Our team loves hearing from bookkeepers and accountants – in fact, we speak with them on a daily basis, and they all have one thing in common: they are looking for a way to make their practice more efficient, while creating a value add for their clients by offering a personalized approach to bookkeeping and accounting.
  • Introducing the Brand New LedgerDocs Website

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:46 pm
    The past year has been exciting for the LedgerDocs team, and we have been working hard to add a selection of tools and features, on both our website and our application, dedicated to streamlining the bookkeeping and accounting process.
  • LedgerDocs + QuickBooks Online = A match made in the cloud

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:14 pm
    The LedgerDocs team is excited to announce our latest integration with QuickBooks Online – the leading online accounting application dedicated to simplifying the bookkeeping and accounting process.
 
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