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  • The storage tipping point

    StorageMojo
    Robin Harris
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Storage is at a tipping point: much of the existing investment in the software stack will be obsolete within two years. This will be the biggest change in storage since the invention of the disk drive by IBM in 1956. This is not to deprecate the other seismic forces of flash, object storage, cloud and the newer workloads that are driving investment in scale-out architectures and no-SQL databases. But the 50 years of I/O stack development – based on disks and, later, RAID – is essentially obsolete today, as will become obvious to all very soon. Why? In a nutshell, the performance…
  • May and June 2015 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

    StorageIOblog
    Greg Schulz
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:17 pm
    In terms of what have I been working on (or with)? Clouds (OpenStack, vCloud Air, AWS, Azure, GCS among others), virtual and containers, flash SSD devices (drives, cards), software defining, content servers, NVMe, databases, data protection items, servers, cache and micro-tiering among other things.
  • Mattress Storage Bag: A Love Story

    SelfStorageFinders.com Blog | Self Storage Tips
    Selena Templeton
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Few people would argue that one of the best experiences in the world is snuggling up in a cozy, comfy bed with a poofy duvet, soft pillows, and firm mattress. Throw in George Clooney and this might just be the Eighth Wonder of the World. If you disagree with this assessment of the world’s most ... The post Mattress Storage Bag: A Love Story appeared first on SelfStorageFinders.com Blog | Self Storage Tips.
  • The Race to Zero

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    Hu Yoshida
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Some friends at Infosys sent me this article from Business Insider and asked that I comment on it. The title of the article is “Google just took the lead in the dangerous game called ‘Race To Zero’”.   The article is about Google’s new service called Google Photo, which enables you to have unlimited cloud storage for your photos for the price of $0. Google is not the first to do this. Amazon provides free cloud storage for users of Amazon Prime, iCloud where I store my photos, provides 5 GB for free and Microsoft offers unlimited storage for licensed users of Office 365.
  • Catching Up with Caringo

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    Administrator
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Back from the many conferences I have attended leading up to the Summer, I had a chance to learn more about the state of object storage.  IBM’s folks have told me to “watch this space” suggesting that some moves in the object world might be in the offing.  In the meantime, I thought I should […]
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  • The Race to Zero

    Hu Yoshida
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Some friends at Infosys sent me this article from Business Insider and asked that I comment on it. The title of the article is “Google just took the lead in the dangerous game called ‘Race To Zero’”.   The article is about Google’s new service called Google Photo, which enables you to have unlimited cloud storage for your photos for the price of $0. Google is not the first to do this. Amazon provides free cloud storage for users of Amazon Prime, iCloud where I store my photos, provides 5 GB for free and Microsoft offers unlimited storage for licensed users of Office 365.
  • How is Hitachi Uniquely Positioned To Deliver on its Social Innovation Strategy?

    Hu Yoshida
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Since our Connect 2015 event last month in Las Vegas where we displayed a number of Social Innovation solutions, I have had a lot of questions about what we mean by Social Innovation and how it compares to other similar strategies. All these ideas are similar in that they try to define a new strategy for leveraging the third wave of information technology where IT has moved out to the edge, creating smarter products and everything is connected through the cloud. IDC defines this as a platform built on social, mobile, analytics, and cloud. I blogged about the way HDS defines Social Innovation…
  • What’s Required For 142 Year Data Retention?

    Hu Yoshida
    21 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    I just became a grand father for the second time just as this issue of Time Magazine was published. I now have two grandsons and hope to see them grow up to carry on the family name. When I thought about this article, I was staggered by the records retention requirements for their lifetimes. Not only has my youngest grandson had more pictures taken of him in his first few months than I probably had in my whole life and there must be hundreds of copies of those pictures and videos in the cloud. If he is one of the lucky ones to live to 142 years, all his medical history will be retained for…
  • Software-Defined Is only As Good As The Infrastructure Behind It

    Hu Yoshida
    13 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Software defined infrastructure provides flexibility and business agility, but it can only be as good as the underlying hardware it uses.  One of the key tenets for software-defined infrastructure is abstraction to eliminate complexity and  provide functionality that is dynamic and scalable. Storage is only one part of the infrastructure, but it is the foundation for a software defined infrastructure. The ability to automate and efficiently access the data by upper levels of the infrastructure depends on how we virtualize the storage layer. Last week I talked to a director of storage…
  • WHAT DOES SOCIAL INNOVATION MEAN TO YOU?

    Hu Yoshida
    7 May 2015 | 9:22 am
     If you look up ‘Social Innovation’ at the fount of all online knowledge – Wikipedia – –you’ll find a description of strategies, concepts and ideas that address different elements of society in which the primary objective is not profit optimization, like working conditions, education, community development, health, etc. This definition is not generally attractive to most businesses. When an executive of Pentaho told his son that he was joining a company whose corporate strategy is ‘Social Innovation,’ his son’s immediate response was “cool.” He was thinking about…
 
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  • The storage tipping point

    Robin Harris
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Storage is at a tipping point: much of the existing investment in the software stack will be obsolete within two years. This will be the biggest change in storage since the invention of the disk drive by IBM in 1956. This is not to deprecate the other seismic forces of flash, object storage, cloud and the newer workloads that are driving investment in scale-out architectures and no-SQL databases. But the 50 years of I/O stack development – based on disks and, later, RAID – is essentially obsolete today, as will become obvious to all very soon. Why? In a nutshell, the performance…
  • Hike blogging: the Twin Buttes loop

    Robin Harris
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Summer finally arrived in Northern Arizona, about 6 weeks later than usual. Good news: no wildfires, thanks to lots of rain. Bad news: I was freezing! I got out to the Twin Buttes before 7am – and was a little late. Shade is a valuable commodity in the Arizona summer! In another 10 days or so the summer monsoon will start, my favorite time of year. It will still be hot, but moist air from the Gulf of California arrives with plenty of clouds and thunderstorms. The rain ends the annual wildfire season, while the clouds dapple the already dramatic landscape in ever-changing patterns. The…
  • Can NetApp be saved?

    Robin Harris
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:43 pm
    If NetApp is going to save itself – see How doomed is NetApp? – it needs to change the way it’s doing business and how it thinks about its customers. Or it can continue as it is and accelerate into oblivion. NetApp’s problem NetApp is essentially a single-product line company, and that product line is less and less relevant to customer needs. There’s faster block and SAN storage and much cheaper object storage in the cloud and on-prem. NetApp is in a sour spot, not a sweet one. Here’s what NetApp needs to do to regain momentum. Embrace multiple product…
  • Why it’s hard to meet SLAs with SSDs

    Robin Harris
    3 Jun 2015 | 4:49 pm
    From their earliest days, people have reported that SSDs were not providing the performance they expected. As SSDs age, for instance, they get slower. But how much slower? And why? A common use of SSDs is for servers hosting virtual machines. The aggregated VMs create the I/O blender effect, which SSDs handle a lot better than disks do. But they’re far from perfect, as a FAST 15 paper Towards SLO Complying SSDs Through OPS Isolation by Jaeho Kim and Donghee Lee of the University of Seoul and Sam H. Noh of Hongik University points out: In this paper, we show through empirical evaluation…
  • Make Hadoop the world’s largest iSCSI target

    Robin Harris
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:11 am
    Scale out storage and Hadoop are a great duo for working with masses of data. Wouldn’t it be nice if it could also be used for more mundane storage tasks, like block storage? Well, it can. Some Silicon Valley engineers have produced a software front end for Hadoop that adds an iSCSI interface. The team had 3 goals: Create an iSCSI volume as an HDFS file Make it interoperate with native iSCSI Initiators on Windows and Linux Performance comparable to common NAS appliances The payback is that clients get a robust, resilient, scale-out infrastructure, at commodity hardware prices. Even…
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  • Catching Up with Caringo

    Administrator
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Back from the many conferences I have attended leading up to the Summer, I had a chance to learn more about the state of object storage.  IBM’s folks have told me to “watch this space” suggesting that some moves in the object world might be in the offing.  In the meantime, I thought I should […]
  • A Little Summer Reading

    Administrator
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Having just finished a webinar with DataCore Software on the topic of Data Availability, I realized that this is a line of inquiry that is well worth addressing with as many software-defined storage vendors who will respond.  I have also written articles on this topic for the next issue of Virtualization Review and another for Enterprise Systems magazines […]
  • Erik Eyberg Talks IBM Storage Strategy (Repost with corrections)

    Administrator
    14 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    This is a repost of a previously posted interview with Erik Eyeberg, made as a correction to the previous blog that mislabeled Erik as Erik and Eyberg as Eyeberg.  He noted the discrepancy in an email on Friday and was so darned kind about it, my sense of guilt about my oversight was raised to […]
  • The Buzz: Caringo Gets a Patent on DarkiveTM (Repost)

    Administrator
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:13 am
    Readers of this blog may recall that I have been getting concerned about how we deal with the flattening of the storage infrastructure (the consolidation of storage tiers to just flash and disk) and still pursue must-have capabilities like data archive.  Face it, without archive, we will not be able to bend the storage cost curve […]
  • Working on a New IT-SENSE webinar

    Administrator
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:57 am
    The theme of the upcoming issue of IT-SENSE.org is Infrastructure and Data Management, so we were delighted when SolarWinds joined the sponsors roll for the issue. SolarWinds is a premiere provider of infrastructure management software, combining a suite of tools — some home grown at the company, others acquired from industry leaders — to deliver […]
 
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  • Nutanix Goes After Private Cloud with XCP

    Chris Evans
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:42 am
    This week Nutanix held their .NEXT conference in sunny Miami, around plenty of anticipation for what was to be announced.  In the hyper-converged market-place there’s not a lot of love lost between the incumbents like VMware and the upstarts like Nutanix, as can be seen
  • Sponsor News: Week #23

    Chris Evans
    4 Jun 2015 | 11:58 pm
    This week’s sponsor news (week 23) StarWind Software Tap Room Meeting: Shared Storage for Hyper-V: No Hardware. No limits. Now! Date: 4 June, 11 am ET / 4 pm BST Host: Anatoly Vilchinsky, Head of Support Department, StarWind Software Inc. Spoiler alert! At the end of the
  • HP Expands 3PAR Range with New 20800 Arrays

    Chris Evans
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:09 am
      In what has become somewhat of a tradition at HP Discover, the HP 3PAR StoreServ platforms were extended this week with the announcements of new products and features, including the massively scalable 20800 series.  HP released two new models: 20800 “Converged Flash” – a
  • Pure Storage Announces New Hardware Platform – FlashArray//m

    Chris Evans
    2 Jun 2015 | 12:39 am
      This week has been an interesting one in the world of all-flash storage.  Both Pure Storage and HP have announcements; this post covers Pure and their new “FlashArray//m”. The new FlashArray//m platform is touted as a “modular upgradeable architecture” and claims to deliver 50%
  • Sponsor News: Week #22

    Chris Evans
    29 May 2015 | 6:23 am
      As a thanks to sponsors of this blog, I’ll be publishing a weekly post, covering news and announcements for each sponsor. StarWind Software 1.  Live Webinar: StarWind Seeks Bounty Hunters, Interested in Protecting the Rights  Date: 3 June, 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm
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  • SiT #164 – Hacked

    admin
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:08 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 #164 – Hacked Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Sarah is out while Ed and Greg talk about the LastPass hack, OpenStack training certifications and Facebook privacy concerns in the EU. Our special guest this week is Ashley McNamara, Developer Advocate at Rackspace. Here are the details: (1:00) Ed cleans it up (2:37) Cisco Live recap, Aerosmith and the Royal Machines (5:48) Private clouds are not dead (7:45)…
  • SiT #163 – Hans

    admin
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:54 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 #163 – Hans Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Greg is at Cisco Live while Sarah and Ed drive the podcast this week. This week they review the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference, the Apple Watch, Software-defined noise, Cisco and more. Special guest is Hans De Leenheer from TrendMiner. This week we discuss… (1:30) WWDC: Where’s the code? (6:14) Ed’s Apple Watch review (9:15) Software-defined…
  • SiT #162 – Changes

    admin
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:48 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 #162 – Changes Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Ed, Greg and Sarah get together to pick smart watches, debate clouds, review some big changes in IT and finally we get to Sarah’s performance review at Dell with her boss. Here are the details: (1:20) The next smart watches: ASUS ZenWatch and Apple Watch (3:35) Idiotic Private vs Public Cloud fight (10:00) EMC snags Virtustream (15:28) Executive shake up at…
  • SiT #161 – Brillo

    admin
    27 May 2015 | 3:52 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 #161 – Brillo Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Ed, Greg and Sarah get together to digest Google’s IoT operating system, creepy teddy bears and security extortion. Here are the details: (1:15) Ed rants on Kansas City, cloud and the Internet of Things (4:45) OpenStack Summit reflections (11:50) Google’s new Brillo OS for the Internet of Things (14:00) Brillo should be open sourced for success (18:18)…
  • SiT #160 – OpenStacked

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 3:46 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 #160 – OpenStacked Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Ed and Greg are in Vancouver, BC for the OpenStack Summit with Amy Lewis filling in for Sarah. This week we talk about the Apple TV, hacked planes, barista DJ’s, OpenStack and containers. Our special guest this week is Mark Twomey, better know as “Storagezilla”. This week we discuss… (1:14) Yoko returns (2:02) OpenStack social update…
 
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  • IT Consultants: Navigating a Changing Technology Landscape

    Patrick Hayes
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    The role of the consultant in the data center infrastructure space is seeing some considerable shifts lately. Five years ago, consultants were still fairly specialized in certain disciplines like server, storage and network. Now, as technology has continued to converge across the compute, storage, network and virtualization platforms, the roles of consultants have become increasingly complex. Converged infrastructure solutions like FlexPod, Vblock, SmartStack, Nutanix, and Simplivity – to name a few – have done a great job of reducing the time to market. They have also overcome the…
  • Data Classification: Creating Business Value

    Humayun Khan
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:38 am
    As we discussed in my previous article, “Data Retention: In IT We Trust,” data retention is a necessary component of a comprehensive information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy. In this article we will turn our attention to data classification. Data classification is the essential step towards ILM. Data classification helps organizations know what data they have, where the data is located and how they can access it (if at all). This becomes increasingly important with the uncontrollable growth in unstructured data that appears to push the infrastructure limits to new heights with…
  • Evaluating All-Flash Storage Part 2: Taking a closer look

    David Czech
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:23 am
    A few weeks ago I wrote “Evaluating All-Flash Storage Part 1: Mapping out the process,” discussing the excitement around getting to test a new product, specifically an All-Flash Array. Getting to open boxes, break out new equipment, install it, and put it through its paces is fun. Unfortunately, the business side of things rears its ugly and less entertaining head, and the temporarily excited IT staff has to put their noses back to the grindstone. Testing is being requested for a reason, and the results of the tests will play an important role in determining not only the product that will…
  • Data Retention: In IT We Trust

    Humayun Khan
    27 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    While discussing backups and recovery validation in my first blog of this series, “The Case for Disaster Recovery Validation“, I cited “…The secondary purpose of backups is to recover data from an earlier time, according to a user-defined data retention policy…” [Wikipedia]. In this blog, I will review data loss/retention in regard to backups and archives, and the difficulties inherent in specifying retention times. The burgeoning cost of storing increased amounts of data may have put an unfair burden on most IT organizations because the business and application…
  • New IDS Hires Announcement: Welcome to the team!

    IDS
    12 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    We’re incredibly excited to announce the addition of three new hires at IDS who will be instrumental in growing our business around transformational technologies. The strategic expansion will further fuel the growth of the IDS consulting practice by increasing focus surrounding big data, analytics, security and software-defined networking. We have experienced incredible success over the last few years, and this latest addition is one of many that will continue to contribute to the ongoing IDS transformation. Who Are These New Hires? Bill Loupakos. Bill joins the IDS Leadership Team as Vice…
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  • The Opportunites are Endless

    15 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    Over the last couple of months I have been in Australia, New Zealand, and all around the USA meeting with customers and business partners. Keeping connected with our customers is how we stay focused on providing the NetApp and SimplStor products and services that our customers need. A lot of the customers I met over the last couple of months are concerned about migrating to NetApp cDot and are looking at the three alternatives that are available to them; maintaining what they have, upgrading to cDot, or migrating to another storage platform.The first group of NetApp customers that we work…
  • What I would do as NetApp CEO

    3 Jun 2015 | 11:21 am
    The first rule of a successful business is to listen to your customers and give them what they want. NetApp has a great product and a loyal customer base. However, it seems that NetApp has become a self-absorbed company that has forgotten that its mission is to provide products and services that customers want. Instead they are alienating the customer base. This has not proven to be good success strategy. Instead, I would try embracing the customers who are loyal and asking them what they want and need. For example, customers really like 7 mode, so the first thing I would do is allow…
  • Perhaps it is time for NetApp Classic to be released

    20 May 2015 | 1:27 pm
     Many of you remember the highly anticipated/marketed release of New Coke and the subsequent release of Classic Coke after it was determined that many customers really liked regular Coke. There seems to be a similar reaction to the Release of NetApp Cdot 8.3. So maybe it is time to release Classic Ontap?  If you want to see evidence of unhappy customer reactions to a new product, look at the comments on this Blog: https://storagemojo.com/2015/04/13/how-doomed-is-netapp/Every company and person makes mistakes, even the innovative and creative ones.  Long term success requires…
  • Similarities between the DMV and your OEM Support?

    10 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    We have houses in two states.  We therefore have cars in two states.  However, we can only be a resident of one of those states.  This month one or our cars came due for registration renewal, so we turned to the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  So far, so good, right?   Not so fast!  In the state where we are no longer residents, a required document to renew a vehicle registration is that state's drivers' license--which we no longer have!  So we contacted the DMV multiple times to see what could be done.  Answers ranged from "you need to…
  • The Reality of QoS and SLA’s on Legacy Filers

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:49 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…
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  • DFSR Cloning: Attribute Recompute Causes Redistribute, Requiring Troubleshoot

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:53 am
    Hi folks, Ned here again. We created DFSR Cloning in Windows Server 2012 R2 to make initial synchronization faster. Today I talk about file attributes, how they sneak inefficiency into your cloning process, and what can you do about them. Let’s get to it. Attributes, DFSR, and Cloning Attributes are simply metadata on files and folders that describe special states, like hidden or read-only. They often don’t change the file in a meaningful way. DFSR handles attribute changes with a few methods.If you change these attributes, DFSR does replicate the attributes to the other server:…
  • Rolling up all the Storage Replica videos in TP2

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Hi folks, Ned here again. Below are all the videos I created for Storage Replica on Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 in my recent series. Yes, this is one of those boring "all my links" blog posts. Not my fault, people asked me for it! Stretch Cluster Automatic Site Failover in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 Plan Your Replication using Test-SRTopology in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 Storage Replica with RDMA and 25km Fiber in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 Provision and Manage Server-to-Server Replication in Windows Server 2016 Technical…
  • A Windows PowerShell Cmdlet to get configs, health, and backlogs

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Hi folks, Ned here again. Rudolf Vesley has provided everyone with great community tool for DFSR. Quoting time: I decided to write Windows PowerShell Cmdlet (Advanced Function) to get report of configuration, status and health of Distributed File System Replication (DFS-R) in large enterprise environment (of course it is possible to use it for small deployment). I created this script because there are no native tools for such report and I did not find a single PowerShell script that would satisfy my needs. Key concepts The script is in PowerShell but the script does not use native…
  • The Storage Replica Video Series: Configure and Manage Stretch Clusters in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:14 am
    Hi folks, Ned here again. You have reached the end of my new video series on Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016 TP2. We’ve covered Stretch Cluster automatic failover, Test-SRTopology, RDMA Fiber performance, creating and managing server-to-server replication, switching replication direction, and removal. Today I show building and managing your stretch cluster, including both CSV and non-CSV storage. Tomorrow I show nothing. Hey pal, this was a lot of work, I need a break from Camtasia! I saved the best for last; Stretch Clusters are the coolest. A nice familiar graphical interface,…
  • The Storage Replica Video Series: Alter and Remove Server-to-Server Replication in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:49 am
    Hi folks, Ned here again. I’m nearing the end of my new video series on Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016 TP2. Check the last few poststo see what I’ve already covered. Today I alter replication direction – i.e. a planned failover - of a server-to-server replication partnership using Windows PowerShell. Oh, and I show you how to remove replication. Not that you will ever do this. Never. Never ever. Altering replication in TP2 requires a little forethought. One, you have to do it on a particular server in TP2, because our remoting of server-to-server SR wasn’t done…
 
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  • VLAN Trunking with Mikrotik RouterOS

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:35 am
    In this post, I’m going to show you how to configure VLAN trunking with Mikrotik RouterOS, and along the way provide a brief introduction to this software and some of the functionality it offers. While it is Linux-based, RouterOS operates quite a bit differently than a lot of the other network operating systems with which I’ve worked, and so I hope that this post will help ease the learning curve a bit for others who decide to take the same path. Background First, let me provide a quick bit of background. I found myself in need of a switch that was both Layer 2/3 capable with both…
  • A Fix for Ubuntu Apparently Caching Network Configuration

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    I’ve been wrestling with an Ubuntu network configuration issue over the last couple of weeks (off and on between working on other projects), and today I finally found a fix for the problem. The issue was that Ubuntu wouldn’t pick up changes to network interfaces. The fix is so simple I’m almost embarrassed to talk about it (it seems like something that I should have known), but I’m posting it here in case others run into the same issue. Here’s a bit more context: I was switching some of the network interfaces in my Ubuntu 14.04.2 servers from a “standard” network configuration…
  • VLAN Trunking with Cumulus Linux

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    Following up on my earlier post on Cumulus Linux networking concepts, I wanted to build on that information with a guide on configuring VLAN trunking. This would be useful in a number of different scenarios: supporting multiple (VLAN-backed) port groups on vSphere hosts, or connecting an Open vSwitch (OVS) bridge on a KVM or Xen hypervisor to multiple VLANs. You might also need to use a VLAN trunking configuration to connect a Cumulus Linux-powered switch to another switch. For this configuration, I’m going to use the new VLAN-aware bridging functionality introduced in Cumulus Linux 2.5.
  • DockerCon Vendor Briefings

    24 Jun 2015 | 10:15 am
    At DockerCon 2015 in San Francisco, I had the opportunity to meet with a few vendors in the Docker ecosystem. Here are some notes from my vendor briefings. StackEngine StackEngine describes themselves as enterprise-grade container application management. They tout features like being able to compose Docker applications using a drag-and-drop interface, deploy containers across multiple hosts, and provide automation—all with the sort of controls that enterprise IT groups are seeking. That’s all well and good, but the key problem in my mind is that these are features Docker is seeking for…
  • Liveblog: Scaling New Services

    23 Jun 2015 | 4:25 pm
    This is a liveblog for the DockerCon 2015 session titled “Scaling New Services: From Container Creation to Automated Deployments”. This session is being led by the Disney Systems Engineering team and will feature a discussion/demo involving Docker, Mesos, Chef, Consul, and HAProxy. The session starts with an introduction by Alex Williams, founder of The New Stack, who quickly turns it over to the Disney staff—Brian Scott and Patrick O’Connor. Brian starts with an overview of all the various companies within Disney, and the challenges that breadth creates. He then discusses the role of…
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  • DCIG 2015-16 Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide Now Available

    Jerome M. Wendt
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its 2015-16 Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide that evaluates and ranks more than 100 features from nearly 60 different hybrid cloud backup appliances from ten (10) different providers. The post DCIG 2015-16 Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide Now Available appeared first on DCIG.
  • Business Continuity and Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliances Can Go Hand-in-Hand

    Jerome M. Wendt
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Viewing hybrid cloud backup appliances strictly in the context of “backup and recovery” is a mindset that organizations must strive to overcome. While these appliances certainly fulfill this traditional role, new use cases are constantly emerging for these appliances. More specifically, hybrid cloud backup appliance have now matured to the point where organizations may view them more in the framework of a best practice for ensuring their organization’s continuity of business operations. The post Business Continuity and Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliances Can Go Hand-in-Hand appeared first on…
  • A Practical Lead Gen Solution to Today’s Problem of Connecting IT Buyers to the Right Vendors at the Right Time

    Jerome M. Wendt
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Businesses/end-users and vendors alike need a better way to connect with each other at the right time as everyone's time is too valuable to waste looking for information that should be available at their fingertips. These are the exact problems that the DCIG Lead Generation programs based on the DCIG Buyer's Guides are designed to solve. The post A Practical Lead Gen Solution to Today’s Problem of Connecting IT Buyers to the Right Vendors at the Right Time appeared first on DCIG.
  • The DCIG Buyers Guides Complement the Gartner Magic Quadrant

    Jerome M. Wendt
    12 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Recently almost every time that DCIG notices its brand being compared to other analyst firms, it is most often against the likes of Gartner, IDC and Forrester, with its Buyer’s Guides most commonly compared to the Gartner Magic Quadrant. Some have even gone so far to wonder if the DCIG Buyer’s Guide may eventually replace the Gartner Magic Quadrant. A better way to view the DCIG Buyer’s Guides is as a complement to the Gartner Magic Quadrant rather than as a replacement for it. The post The DCIG Buyers Guides Complement the Gartner Magic Quadrant appeared first on DCIG.
  • The Dell DL4300 Puts the Type of Thrills into Backup and Recovery that Organizations Really Want

    Jerome M. Wendt
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Organizations have long wanted to experience the thrills of non-disruptive backups and instant application recoveries. Yet the solutions delivered to date have largely been the exact opposite offering only unwanted backup pain with very few of the types of recovery thrills that organizations truly desire. The new Dell DL4300 Backup and Recovery Appliance successfully takes the pain out of daily backup and puts the right types of thrills into the backup and recovery experience. The post The Dell DL4300 Puts the Type of Thrills into Backup and Recovery that Organizations Really Want appeared…
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  • May and June 2015 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

    Greg Schulz
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:17 pm
    In terms of what have I been working on (or with)? Clouds (OpenStack, vCloud Air, AWS, Azure, GCS among others), virtual and containers, flash SSD devices (drives, cards), software defining, content servers, NVMe, databases, data protection items, servers, cache and micro-tiering among other things.
  • EMCworld 2015 How Do You Want Your Storage Wrapped?

    Greg Schulz
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Back in early May I was invited by EMC to attend EMCworld 2015 which included both the public sessions, as well as several NDA based discussions. Keep in mind that there is the known, there is the unknown (or assumed or speculated) and in between there are NDA’s, nuff said on that. EMC covered my hotel and registration costs to attend the event in Las Vegas (thanks EMC, that’s a disclosure btw ;) and here is a synopsis of various EMCworld 2015 announcements.
  • VMware vCloud Air Server StorageIOlab Test Drive with videos

    Greg Schulz
    26 May 2015 | 6:47 pm
    VMware vCloud Air provides a platform similar to those just mentioned among others for your applications and their underlying resource needs (compute, memory, storage, networking) to be fulfilled. In addition, it should not be a surprise that VMware vCloud Air shares many common themes, philosophies and user experiences with the traditional on-premise based VMware solutions you may be familiar with.
  • Modernizing Data Protection = Using new and old things in new ways

    Greg Schulz
    11 May 2015 | 9:48 am
    Keep in mind that a fundamental goal of an Information Technology (IT) organization is to protect, preserve and serve data and information in a cost-effective as well as productive way when needed. There is no such thing as an information recession with more data being generated and processed. In addition to more of it, data is also getting larger, having more dependencies on it being available as well as living longer (e.g. retention).
  • April 2015 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

    Greg Schulz
    30 Apr 2015 | 2:58 pm
    This months newsletter has a focus on cloud and object storage for bulk data, unstructured data, big data, archiving among other scenarios.
 
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  • Today’s Storage: Same As It Ever Was

    Stephen
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    “You may ask yourself/well how did I get here?” Data storage has always been one of the most conservative areas of enterprise IT. There is little tolerance for risk, and rightly so: Storage is persistent, long-lived, and must be absolutely reliable. Lose a server or network switch and there is the potential for service disruption or transient data corruption, but lose a storage array (and thus the data on it) and there can be serious business consequences. Perhaps the only area more conservative than storage is data protection (backup and archiving) and for much the same reasons.
  • EMC and Cisco: “Our Love Will Endure Forever”

    Stephen
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:44 pm
    No two companies in history have as lasting and productive a partnership as EMC and Cisco. And that love will go on forever, no matter what you may have heard. In this special April 1 post, I’ll examine all the ways these two were meant for each other. Ever since Cisco launched their UCS line of servers and EMC bought VMware, clueless tech pundits have proclaimed that the love between these two IT giants was doomed. After all, with so much expansion and acquisition, how could they avoid competing? But that’s not going to happen. As EMC CEO Joe Touchy tells me, referring to Cisco…
  • 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…
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  • February 2014 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter Data Infrastructure Insights

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:26 am
    2013 wrapped up with a flurry of industry activity including some acquisitions (Avago buying LSI and Seagate acquiring Xyratex among others). Likewise 2014 so far is continuing the momentum living up to the mantra that while there may be economic challenges, there is no such thing as a data or information recession.
  • March 2015 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:25 am
    Besides various college championships, March also has a connection to back up and data protection. Thus this months newsletter has a focus on data protection, after all March 31 is World Backup Day which means it should also be World Restore test day! A reminder on the importance of data protection including backup, BC, DR and related technologies is to make sure they are occuring as planned. Also test your copies and remember the 4 3 2 1 rule or guide.
  • May and June 2015 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:25 am
    In terms of what have I been working on (or with)? Clouds (OpenStack, vCloud Air, AWS, Azure, GCS among others), virtual and containers, flash SSD devices (drives, cards), software defining, content servers, NVMe, databases, data protection items, servers, cache and micro-tiering among other things.
  • EMCworld 2015 How Do You Want Your Storage Wrapped?

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:22 am
    Back in early May I was invited by EMC to attend EMCworld 2015 which included both the public sessions, as well as several NDA based discussions. Keep in mind that there is the known, there is the unknown (or assumed or speculated) and in between there are NDA’s, nuff said on that. EMC covered my hotel and registration costs to attend the event in Las Vegas (thanks EMC, that’s a disclosure btw ;) and here is a synopsis of various EMCworld 2015 announcements.
  • VMware vCloud Air Server StorageIOlab Test Drive with videos

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    VMware vCloud Air provides a platform similar to those just mentioned among others for your applications and their underlying resource needs (compute, memory, storage, networking) to be fulfilled. In addition, it should not be a surprise that VMware vCloud Air shares many common themes, philosophies and user experiences with the traditional on-premise based VMware solutions you may be familiar with.
 
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  • Edge Consolidation Delivers Peace of Mind for IT

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    To increase agility while lowering costs, IT organizations are using virtualization and cloud-based infrastructure services to consolidate and reduce the number of physical servers and data centers across the enterprise. IDC estimates that, by 2015, more than 20 percent of the information running through servers will do so on virtualized systems. This percentage increases along with the size of the company, with some larger organizations using 100 percent virtualized systems. IDC predicts that, over the next decade, the amount of information managed by enterprise data centers will grow by a…
  • Schneider Electric: Riverbed Cloud Steelhead Appliances Support IT Migration to Cloud Computing, SaaS and IaaS

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    SteelHead appliances deliver LAN-like performance for applications running in the data centers, and have reduced optimized traffic volume across the WAN by an average of 75% leading to fewer bandwidth upgrades. Interceptor appliances avoid costs related to data center disruptions and help control capital expenses. In addition, Cloud SteelHead appliances will save the company money when it moves to cloud computing, as Schneider Electric will only pay for the resources it needs.Request Free!
  • Read Needham & Company's Report on Pivot3's Hyper-converged Infrastructure

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Pivot3 aims to economically deliver enterprise-grade, homogenous, reliable and scalable pools of storage and compute power that can be used by any application in the network. Learn about what attributes sets Pivot3 apart, such as their:Patented Scalar Erasure CodingvSTAC OSData pathPivot3 claims higher storage efficiency than competing HCI solutions.Request Free!
  • Backing Up Servers to the Microsoft Cloud

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    For cloud-based data backup, Microsoft Azure Backup is well suited for the ends of the company-size spectrum: small companies that don't have many servers, and large companies that will integrate it with System Center Data Protection Manager.Request Free!
  • FREE TRIAL: IT admins in the EDU space: Backup & Restore Google Drive & Google based Email

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Educational institutions from the University of Alabama to the Fairfax Public School District all use Syscloud for their Backup and Restore capabilities in Google Drive not only to recover files that were written over, but also because of the compliance features it offers a institution which enable them to comply with FERPA.  There is a free trial and a substantial discount if you use the Discount Code: EduNetline with your rep.Request Free!
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  • Working With Your QuickBooks Online and LedgerDocs Account

    12 Jun 2015 | 12:15 pm
    QuickBooks Online offers a wide variety of features and functionality that helps to make the bookkeeping process as simple as possible for businesses and their bookkeepers. The added functionality offered by LedgerDocs supercharges this process, and helps to create an efficient and streamlined accounting system.
  • LedgerDocs Case Study: A Freelance Graphic & Web Designer

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    A freelance graphic designer and production artist with over 10+ years of advertising experience, Derek Dudzinski decided to build his own business in 2001 and dive into the world of entrepreneurship. With a wide range of experience, Derek offers his clients a variety of services including website development, e-marketing campaigns, and a variety of graphic design projects.
  • 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.
 
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    SelfStorageFinders.com Blog | Self Storage Tips

  • Yard Sale Pricing Guide for Newbies

    Kathleen Krueger
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    You’ve finally decided to have that yard sale you’ve been talking about for the last couple of years. You’ve collected all your ‘stuff’ that has been cluttering your home. Now you’re ready for that finally stage – pricing the items. As you look at piles of clothes, the decorative glassware you don’t use, the boxes ... The post Yard Sale Pricing Guide for Newbies appeared first on SelfStorageFinders.com Blog | Self Storage Tips.
  • Mattress Storage Bag: A Love Story

    Selena Templeton
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Few people would argue that one of the best experiences in the world is snuggling up in a cozy, comfy bed with a poofy duvet, soft pillows, and firm mattress. Throw in George Clooney and this might just be the Eighth Wonder of the World. If you disagree with this assessment of the world’s most ... The post Mattress Storage Bag: A Love Story appeared first on SelfStorageFinders.com Blog | Self Storage Tips.
  • The Value in Using Plastic Wrap for Furniture

    June Brockmeyer
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    How many times have you kicked yourself because you just noticed your beloved furniture piece has a huge scratch? And the worse part is, you think it happened while you were moving it. I’m generally pretty careful when wrapping small items and boxing my things but when it comes to larger items like chairs, dressers ... The post The Value in Using Plastic Wrap for Furniture appeared first on SelfStorageFinders.com Blog | Self Storage Tips.
  • 4 Rummage Sale Pricing Techniques for Success

    June Brockmeyer
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    A rummage sale is a sale of random used or secondhand items, typically held in order to raise money for a charity or special event. These sales are great because the profits are for a good cause and sometimes that helps raise more money. As Janet Vibert from HyRoad Homes shares with us, for these ... The post 4 Rummage Sale Pricing Techniques for Success appeared first on SelfStorageFinders.com Blog | Self Storage Tips.
  • History Lesson on How to Fold the U.S. Flag

    Kathleen Krueger
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    You’ve seen it on TV and movies, before sports games and during funerals. The men in white gloves and perfectly pressed military uniforms, pulling the American flag taught above a casket or a playing field. Our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, is sung. Or rifle shots are ceremonially fired. Now it’s time to fold ... The post History Lesson on How to Fold the U.S. Flag appeared first on SelfStorageFinders.com Blog | Self Storage Tips.
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