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  • Storage Replica versus Robocopy: Fight!

    The Storage Team at Microsoft - File Cabinet Blog
    NedPyle [MSFT]
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Hi folks, Ned here again. While we designed Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016 for synchronous, zero data-loss protection, it also offers a tantalizing option: extreme data mover. Today I compare Storage Replica’s performance with Robocopy and demonstrate using SR for more than just disaster planning peace of mind. Oh, and you may accidentally learn about Perfmon data collector sets. In this corner Robocopy has been around for decades and is certainly the most advanced file copy utility shipped in Windows. Unlike the graphical File Explorer, it has many options for multithreading,…
  • Designing Software-Defined Storage with Windows Server – we’ve got a calculator and a doc for that

    The Storage Team at Microsoft - File Cabinet Blog
    Jason Gerend_MSFT
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Feast your eyeballs on our new Software-Defined Storage Design Calculator and Design Considerations Guide! Be amazed at how designing a storage solution with Windows Server, Storage Spaces, and SOFS (Scale-Out File Server) can be simultaneously simplified with a colorful spreadsheet and concurrently complexified with a detailed guide to everything you wanted to know about Storage Spaces design, but weren’t afraid to ask (we’ve been getting a lot of questions…). Your hosts for today’s blog are Josh Adams (Senior PM) and Jason Gerend (Senior Content Developer), and…
  • Hypervisors, LPARs, Containers, and UCP

    Hitachi Data Systems : Blog List - Hu's Place
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Server virtualization has made a dramatic impact on the efficiency and scalability of the data center. Hypervisors have been the primary tool for server virtualization since VMware commercialized the technology more than 10 years ago. Today, there are additional forms of server virtualization, which can provide more robustness, integrity, agility, scalability, and portability. These come in the form of hardware virtualization through the use of LPARs (logical partitions) and application containers with Google Kubernetes and Docker. LPARs originated with the mainframe and were carried…
  • Why it’s time to forget about flash

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    Robin Harris
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Post sponsored by Infinidat Flash has revolutionized storage, but the industry has lost sight of the customer problem: optimizing storage for availability, performance, footprint, power and cost. Industry analysts aren’t helping. Let’s forget about flash and remember why we’re here Gartner recently defined a Solid State Array segment. That was questioned by Chris Mellor at the Register, and he got a spirited, if unconvincing, defense by Gartner’s Joe Unsworth. The basic issue is simple: are markets defined by technology or application? First principles Markets are the…
  • Sick of the “Commodity Storage” Moniker, Look at IBM’s DS8870

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    Administrator
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:33 pm
    I, for one, am sick and tired of folks referring to all storage as commodity kit.  I am tired of hearing how all arrays are all the same, regardless of vendor, when you take away the value-add software that peddlers have elected to join at the hip to a proprietary controller.  That storage arrays are the devil, designed to […]
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  • Hypervisors, LPARs, Containers, and UCP

    31 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Server virtualization has made a dramatic impact on the efficiency and scalability of the data center. Hypervisors have been the primary tool for server virtualization since VMware commercialized the technology more than 10 years ago. Today, there are additional forms of server virtualization, which can provide more robustness, integrity, agility, scalability, and portability. These come in the form of hardware virtualization through the use of LPARs (logical partitions) and application containers with Google Kubernetes and Docker. LPARs originated with the mainframe and were carried…
  • Hitachi Data Systems Delivers Live Insight for IT Operations

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:44 pm
    The data center has evolved into complex, virtualized, containerized, and distributed systems which span traditional and cloud based implementations. In addition to the data and information that is generated for business purposes, there is a large amount of data that originates in systems, applications, servers, storage, networks, sensors, and meters to monitor and log the health and usage of data center objects. The amount of this data is so massive that most data centers are only able to use a small amount of this data to manage IT operations. With millions of different data points it…
  • Flash Devices Make the Difference in Enterprise Flash Performance

    17 Jul 2015 | 12:08 pm
    While flash arrays are a better fit for the highly random access demands of consolidated infrastructure and high performance analytics than spinning disk, flash technology requires more management in order to realize consistent high performance and durability.  There are clear distinctions between the vendors in how they leverage the advantages of flash (random access and low latency) and compensate for the weaknesses of flash (durability and write magnification).  Flash arrays have two basic components, the flash array controller, and the flash media. Both the controller and the…
  • I’ve Been Hacked!

    16 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    Yesterday, you may have seen a strange post from me on the HDS blog site. I want to assure you that the post was not mine. Someone had obtained my ID and password and posted it without my knowledge. It was brought to my attention by one of my readers. I had the post deleted, changed my password, and am having our web team investigate to see how this happened. My ID and password is unique to this blog account so hopefully this hack was iimited to my blog. However, I am changing all my other passwords. Since nothing ever gets deleted on the internet, you may see an odd post entitled…
  • How Do You Explain Prime Numbers to a Three-Year-Old?

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    Yesterday, Sharon Crost, the head of our social media team, and I took our former intern, Chloe Bertao to lunch to thank her for her contributions to our social media team, celebrate her graduation from UC Santa Barbara, and her new job with one of our customers up the street from us.  We had tried to hire her, but we could not close on it in time. However, we were delighted to see her being hired by one of the most innovative companies in the world.  During lunch, I asked her what were some of the most interesting interview questions that she experienced during her hiring…
 
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  • Why it’s time to forget about flash

    Robin Harris
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Post sponsored by Infinidat Flash has revolutionized storage, but the industry has lost sight of the customer problem: optimizing storage for availability, performance, footprint, power and cost. Industry analysts aren’t helping. Let’s forget about flash and remember why we’re here Gartner recently defined a Solid State Array segment. That was questioned by Chris Mellor at the Register, and he got a spirited, if unconvincing, defense by Gartner’s Joe Unsworth. The basic issue is simple: are markets defined by technology or application? First principles Markets are the…
  • NVM is off to the races

    Robin Harris
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    With the Intel/micron nonvolatile memory announcement – said to be in production today – the race to produce next generation non-volatile memories has gotten serious. And not a moment too soon! What did they announce? You can read the press release here. Key quote: 3D XPoint technology combines the performance, density, power, non-volatility and cost advantages of all available memory technologies on the market today. The technology is up to 1,000 times faster and has up to 1,000 times greater endurance3 than NAND, and is 10 times denser than conventional memory. And it’s…
  • 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…
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  • Sick of the “Commodity Storage” Moniker, Look at IBM’s DS8870

    Administrator
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:33 pm
    I, for one, am sick and tired of folks referring to all storage as commodity kit.  I am tired of hearing how all arrays are all the same, regardless of vendor, when you take away the value-add software that peddlers have elected to join at the hip to a proprietary controller.  That storage arrays are the devil, designed to […]
  • Rain, Rain, Go Away…Maybe to California

    Administrator
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Here in Tampa Bay, Florida, we are in the midst of a veritable monsoon.  Every day has seen an inundation by the wet stuff, flooding streets and discovering inroads to offices and homes that we all hoped didn’t exist. Fortunately, I had my roof replaced last year after it was partially taken off by a […]
  • Z News is all Good for IBM

    Administrator
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:13 am
    This is one of those cases when I am delighted to say, “I TOLD YOU SO.” The new mainframe from IBM that I have been tracking since January is putting up some solid sales numbers in today’s second quarter earnings report from Big Blue.  Business Insider has the stats and charts. I have been a […]
  • Money Talks. BS Walks.

    Administrator
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    That is a pretty straightforward summary of the webinar I am involved in this week with DataCore Software.  Fighting the Hidden Costs of Data Storage is the official title (though my original suggestions were a bit more flamboyant, shall we say) and our goal is to help folks to understand (1) why storage costs so […]
  • The Most Important Topic in IT Today

    Administrator
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    I am making final preparations right now for our next IT-SENSE Brown Bag Webinar, which happens at Noon ET today, on the topic of IT Infrastructure Management.  As expected for a mid-summer event and one covering the topic of management technology, registrations for the live event are pretty sparse.  Unless there is a last minute […]
 
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  • SiT #167 – Rocket Man

    admin
    8 Jul 2015 | 10:53 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 #166 – Chad Contained Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Sarah is on vacation while Eddie and Greg slack it off on Sheryl Sandberg, API copyrights and containers. Our special guest this week is Chad Sakac, President, Global Systems Engineering at EMC. This week we discuss… (1:00) Ed’s getting hitched (3:05) Slacking with Slack (8:42) Sheryl Sandberg’s words of wisdom (12:35) Supremes decline to…
  • SiT #166 – Chad Contained

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:44 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 #166 – Chad Contained Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, Sarah is on vacation while Eddie and Greg slack it off on Sheryl Sandberg, API copyrights and containers. Our special guest this week is Chad Sakac, President, Global Systems Engineering at EMC. This week we discuss… (1:00) Ed’s getting hitched (3:05) Slacking with Slack (8:42) Sheryl Sandberg’s words of wisdom (12:35) Supremes decline to…
  • SiT #165 – Packet Passionate

    admin
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:33 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 #165 – Packet Passionate Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week, the crew talk about the Open Container Project, Google get censored and Taylor Swift. Our special guest this week is Jim McNiel, former VC and CMO of NetScout. Here are the details: (1:00) Eddie goes duck boating (4:55) Open Container Project is not a drinking game (9:00) Container acquisition game (9:20) BlueBox Jesse buys a pad (12:30) Google gagged on…
  • 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…
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  • Demystify Offline Files

    Jane Yan[MSFT]
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Thanks to Hubert Sachs from the German networking team to translate one of his popular blog into English. The blog demystify the core Offline Files concepts. The content below is from Hubert. *************************************************** Hello everyone, From time to time we receive support inquiries about Offline File related problems. The symptoms range from clients which do not come online anymore, which cannot sync, which throw plenty of sync-errors or sync-conflicts up to paths that cannot be reached in SlowLink mode although there should be no offline files active on these paths.
  • Designing Software-Defined Storage with Windows Server – we’ve got a calculator and a doc for that

    Jason Gerend_MSFT
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Feast your eyeballs on our new Software-Defined Storage Design Calculator and Design Considerations Guide! Be amazed at how designing a storage solution with Windows Server, Storage Spaces, and SOFS (Scale-Out File Server) can be simultaneously simplified with a colorful spreadsheet and concurrently complexified with a detailed guide to everything you wanted to know about Storage Spaces design, but weren’t afraid to ask (we’ve been getting a lot of questions…). Your hosts for today’s blog are Josh Adams (Senior PM) and Jason Gerend (Senior Content Developer), and…
  • Storage Replica versus Robocopy: Fight!

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Hi folks, Ned here again. While we designed Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016 for synchronous, zero data-loss protection, it also offers a tantalizing option: extreme data mover. Today I compare Storage Replica’s performance with Robocopy and demonstrate using SR for more than just disaster planning peace of mind. Oh, and you may accidentally learn about Perfmon data collector sets. In this corner Robocopy has been around for decades and is certainly the most advanced file copy utility shipped in Windows. Unlike the graphical File Explorer, it has many options for multithreading,…
  • 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…
 
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  • Technology Short Take #52

    14 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #52, the latest collection of news, links, and articles from around the web on data center technologies. Networking Want to know a bit more about how OVN (Open Virtual Network) plans to integrate support for containers? See this. You might also find it useful to review this OVN presentation from the recent OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. A video recording of the presentation is also available on YouTube. QualiSystems has a series of articles on open networking standards. A couple of the articles really jumped out at me—part 2 covers Open vSwitch, part 3…
  • 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…
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  • All-HDD Configurations Driving Down Prices and Driving Out SATA in Storage Arrays

    Jerome M. Wendt
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Solid state drives (SSDs) have fundamentally changed the conversation around storage performance essentially supplanting hard disk drives (HDDs) as the storage media of choice for high performance in storage arrays. However HDDs are far from dead as they remain the preferred storage media for organizations to store their data long term by balancing cost and performance very well. It is as HDDs transition to this role that DCIG has observed some interesting trends in terms of how storage arrays are adapting to support HDDs since optimizing them for performance is no longer a prerequisite. The…
  • Expanded Use Cases for Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliances

    Jerome M. Wendt
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:30 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. Hybrid cloud backup appliance have now matured to the point where organizations may use them in multiple roles besides just backup. The post Expanded Use Cases for Hybrid Cloud Backup Appliances appeared first on DCIG.
  • 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.
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  • Part II – Intel and Micron new 3D XPoint server and storage NVM

    Greg Schulz
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:43 pm
    3D XPoint is not NAND flash, it is also not NVRAM or DRAM, it’s a new class of NVM that can be used for server class main memory with persistency, or as persistent data storage among other uses (cell phones, automobiles, appliances and other electronics). In addition, 3D XPoint is more durable with a longer useful life for writing and storing data vs. NAND flash.
  • Part III – 3D XPoint new server storage memory from Intel and Micron

    Greg Schulz
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:43 pm
    The initial die or basic chip building block 3D XPoint implementation is a layer 128 Gbit device which if using 8 bits would yield 16GB raw. Over time increased densities should become available as the bit density improves with more cells and further scaling of the technology, combined with packaging. For example while a current die could hold up to 16 GBytes of data, multiple dies could be packaged together to create a 32GB, 64GB, 128GB etc. or larger actual product. Think about not only where packaged flash based SSD capacities are today, also think in terms of where DDR3 and DDR4 DIMM are…
  • Intel and Micron unveil new 3D XPoint Non Volatie Memory (NVM) for servers and storage

    Greg Schulz
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:42 pm
    In a webcast the other day, Intel and Micron announced new 3D XPoint non-volatile memory (NVM) that can be used for both primary main memory (e.g. what’s in computers, serves, laptops, tablets and many other things) in place of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM), for persistent storage faster than today’s NAND flash-based solid state devices (SSD), not to mention future hybrid usage scenarios. Note that this announcement while having the common term 3D in it is different from the earlier Intel and Micron announcement about 3D NAND flash (read more about that here).
  • July 2015 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

    Greg Schulz
    26 Jul 2015 | 2:04 pm
    In addition to big fast data, other content solution applications include: content distribution network (CDN) content caching, network function virtualization (NFV), software-defined network (SDN), cloud rich unstructured big fast media data, analytics and little data (e.g. SQL and NoSQL database, key-value stores, repositories and meta-data) among others.
  • 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.
 
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  • Waves of Storage Innovation

    Stephen
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    Before you read this, check out Today’s Storage: Same As It Ever Was for a bit of background… For the past few decades, some of the best minds in computer science have been drawn to the question of storage. How can data be better protected, shared, and exploited? Given the price and performance profiles of various storage devices, how can we maximize benefit for a given application? What can we do to transcend inertia and make data available everywhere at once? Innovation comes in waves, undermining the status quo These fundamental questions have been tackled by a continuing stream…
  • 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…
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  • Buyer's Checklist: Solid-State Storage Choices

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Most enterprise storage systems come with some solid-state storage on board. Choosing between hybrid and all-flash arrays is just one consideration for storage admins. Learn the pros and cons of different types of solid-state storage arrays to help you decide the best fit. Published by: SearchSolidStateStorage.com
  • SSD Makes Data Centers More Efficient

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This brief video shows how one company used solid state drives to increase the performance of their data center. Tune in to learn how their drives delivered enterprise-class services as well as saved costs through power and cooling. Published by: Micron Technology
  • How Caching Can Accelerate VDI Load Times

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In this exclusive video, explore a caching solution that can help sluggish VDIs from boot storm, to steady state, and in between. Published by: Dell, Inc. and SanDisk®
  • Vet Practice Increases Streaming Speed With SSD

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This case study shows how one veterinary practice solved its image storage complexities and was able to boost revenue with SSD. Read on to learn about the benefits this company was able to reap including lowered latency, high-read performance, high capacity, and more. Published by: Micron Technology
  • Community Bank Uses Enterprise SSD and Boosts Performance

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This white paper details how one community bank switch from consumer to enterprise SSD, and were able to receive valuable data services. Published by: Micron Technology
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  • Ventana Research: Cloud Financial Management

    29 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Many discussions of cloud computing concern how cloud-based software and services enable small and midsize businesses to acquire many of the same capabilities as large ones. In fact, though, large companies have been adopting the cloud, too - and with good reason.This Ventana Research report finds that more than half (54%) of those that have 1,000 employees use cloud computing to gain access to applications.Request Free!
  • Top Trending Virtualization Resources for Summer 2015

    23 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    Top Trending Virtualization Resources for Summer 2015, 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:Top 10 Reasons to Strengthen Information Security with App and Desktop VirtualizationPowering the Hybrid EnterpriseVirtualization in Manufacturing: Do's and Dont's for Mission-Critical ManufacturingVideo: Data Center Virtualization ManagementRequest Free!
  • Read Forrester Analysts' Report on Five Ways to Modernize Your Storage Strategy

    22 Jul 2015 | 4:50 pm
    This report distills 84 enterprise client inquiries into five actions that Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) leaders must take to modernize their storage strategy. In 2014, some of the questions featured prominently included:Are all-flash arrays ready to replace tier 1 storage?How should we utilize cloud storage services?What can we do to accelerate our hybrid cloud storage system?New technologies should accelerate your progression to hybrid cloud environments, not hinder it. Read how.Request Free!
  • The Linux User's Toolkit for Discovering New Apps

    16 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    With a few exceptions, installing a Linux distribution is like checking into an all-inclusive resort. Your hardware works out-of-the-box, and you get an impressive selection of pre-installed software: from photo editing tools and multimedia players to email and chat clients, and even a full-blown office suite.But what if you want to replace one of the default applications, or try out some new Linux software? Well, you could always just Google it—and pray you won’t have to venture beyond the tenth page of results to find something usable. Or you could build yourself a list of…
  • AWS Cloud Security Report for Risk & Security Professionals

    15 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Key Takeaways AWS Is Serious About Information Security There has been too much hype about cloud security being different and inherently insecure. Cloud security is no different from other solutions we deploy. Security pros should apply the same security standards to cloud workloads applied to on-premises workloads.In The AWS World, Security Is A Shared Responsibility AWS is not going to secure your applications or software infrastructure for you. AWS’ responsibility stops at the abstraction point between its services and the applications you deploy. It’s up to security and…
 
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  • NTFS for Mac 14 Preview grants full access to NTFS volumes under OS X El Capitan Preview

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:58 am
    Read, write, create, edit, copy, transfer NTFS partitions easily and safely. Download now for free and use without registration for 60 days! Paragon NTFS for Mac® 14 Preview provides full read and write access to Windows-formatted NTFS partitions on Apple’s OS X El Capitan Preview. To ensure a higher level of security, the new release by [...]
  • Join Paragon’s beta program to win one of 100 commercial licenses of Hard Disk Manager for Mac

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    Paragon Software Releases Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac Beta Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac beta is a new powerful tool to handle all of your disk management tasks. Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac is the result of more than 20 years of development in data protection, backup and disaster recovery on Windows [...]
  • 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 [...]
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  • 8 Accounting and Bookkeeping Events not to Miss in 2015

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:07 pm
    There are many accounting and bookkeeping events in a calendar year. As an informative blog post for our Canadian and US customers we decided to shortlist 8 events not to be missed in 2015. If you are attending any of these events keep a look out for the LedgerDocs team. We hope to announce our event schedule soon.
  • 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.
 
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  • What You Need to Know When You Buy Your First House

    Kathleen Krueger
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Are you contemplating buying your first house? Now is a good time to take the first step towards the goal of home ownership. Interest rates are low and housing is abundant. But for those looking into buying their first house, there are some tips and pointers to keep in mind. Many first-time homebuyers begin their ... The post What You Need to Know When You Buy Your First House appeared first on Self Storage Blog | Storage, Moving Tips.
  • Win the Game! Tips for Video Game Storage

    June Brockmeyer
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Video games have changed dramatically over the years. What used to be a thick plastic cartridge can now be found in a web version or in a lightweight CD form. But one thing that remains intact is the value video games have to those who are involved in the industry. Gamers and collectors will always ... The post Win the Game! Tips for Video Game Storage appeared first on Self Storage Blog | Storage, Moving Tips.
  • Yearly Apartment Hopping: Should You Do It?

    June Brockmeyer
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Moving residences comes with pros and cons: packing is exhausting, traveling is stressful, and everything is expensive. But once you reach your destination, an amazing feeling of relief and enjoyment takes over. Is that amazing feeling worth doing this every year? Brendan Barrett has done just that, and shares his thoughts on the subject. “I’ve moved six ... The post Yearly Apartment Hopping: Should You Do It? appeared first on Self Storage Blog | Storage, Moving Tips.
  • Best Climate Controlled Humidors For Cigar Lovers

    Selena Templeton
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    First of all, a humidor is an airtight container for keeping cigars moist. If you’re thinking this is an article about humidifiers—a device to keep the atmosphere of a room moist—you’re going to be awfully disappointed. Besides a need for moistness, these two contraptions have nothing in common. For anyone who does not smoke cigars, ... The post Best Climate Controlled Humidors For Cigar Lovers appeared first on Self Storage Blog | Storage, Moving Tips.
  • How Much Does a Small Storage Unit Cost?

    Kathleen Krueger
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Wondering how much a small storage unit costs to rent? The short answer? It depends. Utilizing small storage units can be a great option for storing excess items that seem to be clogging up the garage or basement. It’s also a great place to keep seasonal items safe and dry during the off-season and an ... The post How Much Does a Small Storage Unit Cost? appeared first on Self Storage Blog | Storage, Moving Tips.
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  • How to Store Household Appliances for Self Storage

    Desert Storage
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Incorrectly storing your household appliances can cause some serious damage. Especially if you’re storing possessions in extreme heat or humidity. The good news is you can easily prepare most appliances for storage yourself. There are only a few occasions where you will need to hire a professional for help. Before you store any of your appliances, use the guide below to guarantee they’re safely packed away and will be ready for future use. Storing a Fridge Remove all food from the fridge. Then, unplug the fridge to let it defrost. This could take up to 48 hours, so make sure you’re…
  • 10 Steps to Packing a Moving Truck

    Desert Storage
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    How to Pack a Moving Truck When you’re making a big move (and not hiring professionals), you may be concerned about packing the moving truck. “What if I can’t fit everything?” “What if something is damaged?” “What if I’m terrible at jigsaw puzzles?” Fear no more, my friend. You can efficiently pack a moving truck regardless of your experience (yes, even if puzzles aren’t your thing). You just need to know a few basic rules and the rest will be as smooth as butter. 10 steps to packing your moving truck in an easy, effective way: 1. First, make sure you rent a truck…
  • 6 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Storage

    Desert Storage
    15 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    It doesn’t matter if you’re storing your entire home or just clearing out some clutter, choosing the right storage unit is an important decision. Before you choose where you store your possessions, it’s a good idea to do some self storage shopping. Visit the location of the unit and walk the grounds with a representative. Make sure you ask lots of questions and you’ll be able to find the right choice for you. Here are six questions to get you started: 1. What size unit will I need? If you have no idea how much space you’ll need, you’re not alone. Most customers under or…
  • Air-Conditioned vs. Air-Cooled Storage

    Desert Storage
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    What’s the Difference between Air-Cooled and Air-Conditioned Storage? If you’re shopping for self storage options, you’ve probably heard the terms air-cooled and air-conditioned. It’s important to understand the difference so you can choose the right option based on what you plan to store and for how long. An air cooler (sometimes called a “swamp cooler”) uses water vapor to cool outside air, then blows it into the building. While humidity in the air rises slightly through this process, it is an effective cooling method which can keep the building roughly 15-20 degrees cooler than…
  • How to Prevent Heirlooms from Getting Destroyed

    Desert Storage
    10 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    There are few things more meaningful than your family heirlooms. Whether you treasure your great-grandmother’s jewelry or a photo of your great-uncle going off to war, you feel proud to preserve a small part of your ancestral history. Now you’re faced with moving and storing your heirlooms, and you’re concerned with their longevity. You want to be sure you can preserve these items for future generations. Which items are at risk? The most popular heirloom is probably the most fragile: paper. It needs to be protected from direct sunlight, extreme heat and most importantly moisture.
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