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  • What’s Required For 142 Year Data Retention?

    Hu's Blog
    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…
  • No-budget marketing for small companies

    StorageMojo
    Robin Harris
    13 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    You are a small tech company. You have a marketing guy but it’s largely engineers solving problems that most people don’t even know exist. How do you get attention and respect at a low cost? Content marketing. When most people think about marketing, they think t-shirts, tradeshows, advertising, telephone calls, white papers and brochures. Those are tools of traditional marketing. It’s assembly-line marketing. You get a lead from handing them a t-shirt – a phone number or email – and then you contact him to see if they’re interested in your product and what the…
  • #IBMEdge 2015 Day 2 Sessions on Big Data and Strategy

    Inside System Storage -- by Tony Pearson
    TonyPearson
    19 May 2015 | 6:29 pm
    The [IBM Edge2015 conference] is premiere conference covering Infrastructure Innovations for IBM System Storage, as well as sessions about z Systems and POWER Systems from our IBM Enterprise conference. Check out this short two-minute [YouTube video on IBM Edge2015]. Here is my quick recap of the sessions that I either presented myself, or presented by others that I found interesting, on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. What Is Big Data? Architectures and Practical Use Cases See the [entire deck] on SlideShare! Not everyone understands the storage implications of Big Data analytics. I started this…
  • Why VSAN and VVOLs are Not Software Defined

    Architecting IT Blog
    Chris M Evans
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    Every so often another attempt is made by the vendor community to put a definition to what we call “software defined storage” or SDS.  The current discussion is on VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) and VVOLs, software features focused on storage within the vSphere hypervisor ecosystem. This seems like a good opportunity for me to review what ...
  • SiT #158 – Tribes

    Speaking In Tech Podcast
    admin
    6 May 2015 | 10:52 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 #158 – Tribes Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we tackle the challenge of group think and tribes as well as Periscope winning the fight, Chambers stepping down as CEO and the potential for an EMC – HP mega merger. This week we discuss… (1:30) Back from Vegas (3:30) Dell plus 4 (4:00) Big losses in tech this week: Jeff Omstead and David Goldberg (9:00) 5 brainwashing tips… and the danger of tribes…
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    Hu's Blog

  • 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…
  • Achieving the Dream – One Operating System for Midrange to Enterprise Storage

    Hu Yoshida
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:39 am
    As long as I have been in storage, the dream has been to have a common operating system for midrange and enterprise storage.  This would help to reduce development costs and cycles for vendors, while simplifying management, and providing the right price point without sacrificing functionality for end users. However, since midrange storage is targeted at smaller organizations, with smaller IT budgets, midrange storage systems have always required a different architecture with scaled down functionality and availability. This meant that the operating system for the midrange storage systems had…
  • Software-Defined Infrastructure Enables Greater Innovation in IT

    Hu Yoshida
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    If you google the acronym IT, you will see definitions that look like this one from Wikipedia which has been unchanged over the last 30 to 40 years: “Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data, often in the context of a business or other enterprise.” This generally accepted definition of IT is more about infrastructure technology than it is about information technology. Information technology certainly depends on infrastructure but also includes application technology, the technology that…
 
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  • No-budget marketing for small companies

    Robin Harris
    13 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    You are a small tech company. You have a marketing guy but it’s largely engineers solving problems that most people don’t even know exist. How do you get attention and respect at a low cost? Content marketing. When most people think about marketing, they think t-shirts, tradeshows, advertising, telephone calls, white papers and brochures. Those are tools of traditional marketing. It’s assembly-line marketing. You get a lead from handing them a t-shirt – a phone number or email – and then you contact him to see if they’re interested in your product and what the…
  • Hike blogging: Sunday May 10 on Brins Mesa

    Robin Harris
    11 May 2015 | 3:43 pm
    The Soldiers Pass, Brins Mesa, Mormon Canyon loop is my favorite hike. It has about 1500 feet of vertical up to over 5000 ft and the combination of two canyons and the mesa means the scenery is ever changing. This shot is taken looking north from the mesa to Wilson Mt. It was a beautiful day and the fluffy clouds always add interest to a picture. Click to enlarge. It was so nice I’m going to do it again, right now!
  • FAST ’15: StorageMojo’s Best Paper

    Robin Harris
    11 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    The crack StorageMojo analyst team has finally named a StorageMojo FAST 15 Best Paper. It was tough to get agreement this year because of the many excellent contenders. Here’s a rundown of the most interesting before a more detailed explication of the winner. CalvinFS: Consistent WAN Replication and Scalable Metadata Management for Distributed File Systems impressed with its ambition. Analysis of the ECMWF Storage Landscape, an analysis of a 100PB active archive, impressed with its scale. FlashGraph: Processing Billion-Node Graphs on an Array of Commodity SSDs answered important…
  • EMC II’s ragged last quarter

    Robin Harris
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    As reported in a Seeking Alpha quarterly call transcript, EMC’s storage unit had a $75 million shortfall in Q1. CEO Joe Tucci said . . . we were disappointed that we fell a bit short of our Q1 revenue plan, approximately $75 million short. This $75 million revenue shortfall occurred in our storage business. That said, our storage product backlog did increase by $100 million year-on-year, right on plan. Why? Tucci again: About two-thirds of this miss was due to the fact that we didn’t execute as crisply as we normally do. The other third was due to negative geopolitical effects in…
  • How doomed is NetApp?

    Robin Harris
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    The current turmoil caused by plummeting cloud storage costs, new entrants sporting modern architectures and the forced re-architecting due to flash and upcoming NV memories is a perfect storm for legacy vendors. Some are handling it better than others, but some, like IBM and NetApp, appear to be sinking. NetApp is signalling that their 2015 sales may not reach expected levels – not a surprise – and that more layoffs – on top of the ≈1500 in the last couple of years – could come soon. The latest troubling sign from NetApp is the failure of their FlashRay project to…
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    Inside System Storage -- by Tony Pearson

  • #IBMEdge 2015 Day 2 Sessions on Big Data and Strategy

    TonyPearson
    19 May 2015 | 6:29 pm
    The [IBM Edge2015 conference] is premiere conference covering Infrastructure Innovations for IBM System Storage, as well as sessions about z Systems and POWER Systems from our IBM Enterprise conference. Check out this short two-minute [YouTube video on IBM Edge2015]. Here is my quick recap of the sessions that I either presented myself, or presented by others that I found interesting, on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. What Is Big Data? Architectures and Practical Use Cases See the [entire deck] on SlideShare! Not everyone understands the storage implications of Big Data analytics. I started this…
  • #IBMEdge 2015 Day 2 General Session Keynotes

    TonyPearson
    19 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    The [IBM Edge2015 conference] is premiere conference covering Infrastructure Innovations for IBM System Storage, as well as sessions about z Systems and POWER Systems from our IBM Enterprise conference. Check out this short two-minute [YouTube video on IBM Edge2015]. Doug Brown, IBM Vice President of Marketing, kicked off the second general session. Here is my quick recap of the general session on the second day, Tuesday, May 12, 2015. IBM Corporate Strategy   Ken Keverian is IBM Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy. He feels that when they write the history of IT industry of the…
  • #IBMEdge 2015 Day 1 Setup and Sessions

    TonyPearson
    19 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The [IBM Edge2015 conference] is premiere conference covering Infrastructure Innovations for IBM System Storage, as well as sessions about z Systems and POWER Systems from our IBM Enterprise conference. Check out this short two-minute [YouTube video on IBM Edge2015]. Here is my quick recap of my sessions on the first day, Monday, May 11, 2015. Solution Center Setup and Training IBM hires [George P. Johnson Experience Marketing], or GPJ for short, to help with its events. I was asked to be on-hand for the Monday morning training in case I was needed to fill in for anyone else during the lunch…
  • #IBMEdge 2015 Day 1 Kickoffs and Keynotes

    TonyPearson
    17 May 2015 | 9:52 am
    The [IBM Edge2015 conference] is premiere conference covering Infrastructure Innovations for IBM System Storage, as well as sessions about z Systems and POWER Systems from our IBM Enterprise conference. Check out this short two-minute [YouTube video on IBM Edge2015]. Here is my quick recap of the kickoffs and keynote sessions on the first day, Monday, May 11, 2015. Storage Systems Technical Kickoff   At the dreadful hour of 8:30am on Monday morning, Clod Barrera and Axel Koester kicked off the Storage portion of Technical Edge.   Clod is IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief…
  • How to Win Prizes at IBM Edge2015 Conference

    TonyPearson
    10 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    Are you going to the [IBM Edge 2015 conference]? This is IBM's premiere conference covering IBM System Storage, z Systems and POWER Systems. Here are some secrets for winning prizes while you attend! Sit in the first FIVE rows of the Techincal Kickoffs - Monday 8:30am Funding has been approved to give out a few nice prizes. To be eligible, you need to show up on time, and sit in the first five rows of any of the following three Kickoffs. I will be in the one for Storage! Attend sessions by Edge Event Sponsor companies Brocade, Cisco and others often present lectures at Technical Edge, and…
 
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    Architecting IT Blog

  • Why VSAN and VVOLs are Not Software Defined

    Chris M Evans
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    Every so often another attempt is made by the vendor community to put a definition to what we call “software defined storage” or SDS.  The current discussion is on VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) and VVOLs, software features focused on storage within the vSphere hypervisor ecosystem. This seems like a good opportunity for me to review what ...
  • SFD7 – Primary Data and Data Virtualisation

    Chris M Evans
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Storage virtualisation is a technology that is well established in our industry.  In the current “x86″ era, I’ve been using and talking about it for over 10 years, using it to reduce costs, extend the life of older assets and in data migration. All of the original storage virtualisation solutions (with the exception of Invista) sat ...
  • vSphere vDS SPAN port with Wireshark in 2 minutes

    Rob Lyle
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    I often find myself searching for facts to dispel “hearsay” and guesswork in troubleshooting discussions between the Network and Windows VM teams.  This article is intended to show just how straightforward it is to use the VMware distributed switch SPAN port capability, to put a virtual sniffer on a virtual port on a virtual distributed ...
  • SFD7 – Connected Data, Transporter and Private “Cloud” Storage

    Chris M Evans
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    In the IT community I wonder if there is anyone who hasn’t at least tried out (if not heavily used) Dropbox, Box, Google Drive or one of the many other “sync-n-share” cloud storage offerings.  As a refresher for those of us familiar (or new information for those not aware), cloud-based storage solutions provide the ability to ...
  • SFD7 – Catalogic Software Addresses Data Copy Management

    Chris M Evans
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:35 am
    About 10 years ago I worked on a project for a large bank where we put in place the ability to replicate test data from the production environment to a third array deployed in a lower cost data centre.  The whole design was perhaps overly complex, with scripting required to re-establish replicated LUNs when switching between ...
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    Speaking In Tech Podcast

  • SiT #158 – Tribes

    admin
    6 May 2015 | 10:52 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 #158 – Tribes Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we tackle the challenge of group think and tribes as well as Periscope winning the fight, Chambers stepping down as CEO and the potential for an EMC – HP mega merger. This week we discuss… (1:30) Back from Vegas (3:30) Dell plus 4 (4:00) Big losses in tech this week: Jeff Omstead and David Goldberg (9:00) 5 brainwashing tips… and the danger of tribes…
  • SiT #157 – More Clouds of Caroline

    admin
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:45 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 #156 – More Clouds of Caroline Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week Greg has escaped to another tech conference while Sarah and Ed are left to defend themselves to talk about AWS and Microsoft earnings, Comcast dumps big merger and ServiceMesh gets in hot water. This week we discuss… (1:10) Vegas Selfies and morehome automation (3:15) AWS and Microsoft nail earnings (8:50) Comcast bails on the merger with TWC…
  • SiT #156 – Hyperconverged

    admin
    25 Apr 2015 | 10:54 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 #156 – Hyperconverged Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we consider a world where Google owns Tesla, hackers on a plane, GE’s new tech and innovation television show and finally we tussle on hyperconvergence with special guest, Chuck Hollis, Chief Strategist for VMware Storage. This week we discuss… (1:15) Eddie’s Wink home automation hub bricks (7:05) Report: Tesla almost sold to Google to…
  • SiT #155 – Greg’s Review

    admin
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:06 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 #155 – Greg’s Review Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we review the Apple Watch, Amazon’s machine learning and Nutanix tries to tackle VMware. Our special guest this week is Mary Ann Gallo from Hitachi Data Systems. This week we discuss… (1:10) Ed delivers a mic and picks up a Drobo (4:15) Daredevil Netflix binge (5:25) Apple watch lands and the reviews are mixed (13:20) Android watches may be…
  • SiT #154 – vStewed

    admin
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:01 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 #154 – vStewed Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we jump into Pay Pal and OpenStack, Nebula, Jay-Z’s Tidal and Pure IPO speculation. Our special guest this week is Vaughn Stewart from Pure Storage. This week we discuss… (1:10) New celebrity intro plug and Ed gets punked on April Fools Day (5:30) Amazon “Home Services” and Dash NOT an April Fools Joke (12:45) Pay Pal goes OpenStack (17:17)…
 
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  • 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…
  • Performance Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Part 2: HDX Insight Monitor and Policy Tuning

    Chris Sawicki
    6 May 2015 | 9:39 am
    For more information on this topic, please see part one of this series, “Performance Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Part 1: Citrix CloudBridge.” We will be doing a follow-up series for VMware Performance Tuning and WAM Optimization options with VMWare Horizon View 6 in the future as well. About the HDX Insight Monitor Tool Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Director integrates the HDX Insight Monitor Tool, which gives you the ability to monitor and tune the following: Thinwire (Graphics) Direct 3D (Graphics) Media Stream (aka RAVE) Flash Audio USB Devices Mapped Client Drives…
  • Cloud Trends Update: Top Five Cloud Contract Considerations

    Justin Mescher
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    Last week, IDS hosted a dinner featuring a presentation about current cloud trends and how IDS is helping our customers create their cloud strategy. The topic generated a lot of very interesting conversation and one of the biggest discussions was about cloud contracts. If you’re going to trust a partner to host your data, it is critical to have a contract in-place that protects the interests of both parties. Many large cloud providers have a “take it or leave it” approach to contracts and others will work to customize to your needs. Regardless of the flexibility, it is imperative that…
  • Evaluating All-Flash Storage Part 1: Mapping out the process

    David Czech
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    Many storage architects start off their workday sipping coffee, reading emails, checking on the status of various things in the environment. Mostly just killing time on the often repetitive and boring tasks of provisioning, monitoring, and maintaining the arrays, switches, servers, and other pieces that make up the infrastructure, and fighting any fires that may have flared up recently. Work seems to alternate between incredibly boring and repetitive and incredibly stressful at a moment’s notice. On rare occasions an email or phone call from management will contain the words that are dear…
  • Unstructured Data, the Silent Killer of Your IT Budget: How are you stopping the bleeding?

    Brad Voogel
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Like most organizations, you probably are hosting your unstructured data on traditional NAS platforms. The days of storing this data on these legacy systems are coming to an end. Let’s look at some of the setbacks that plague traditional NAS: Expensive to scale Proprietary data protection – third-party backup software is needed to catalog and index Inability to federate your data between disparate storage platforms onsite or in the cloud High file counts, which can cripple performance, increase back-up windows, and require additional flash technology for metadata management File count…
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    Zerowait High Availability Blog

  • 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…
  • Big Oil – Big Data – Big Savings

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

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

  • Patching and servicing of Windows and Linux - survey and email contact

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    19 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    HI folks, Ned here again. We are studying customer patching pain points and behaviors within Linux and Windows Server environments across operating systems and applications. If you are a stakeholder in the patching/updating process for your company and would like to share your thoughts and feedback, please take a few minutes to fill out the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YYZKBS3 If you want to give us direct and deep feedback, please email us at: patchfeed@microsoft.com Again, we are interested in feedback and experiences from both Windows Server administrators as well as…
  • Get your free Storage Replica Kalamity Jake desktop and phone wallpapers

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    15 May 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Heya folks, Ned here again. It's been a week since Microsoft Ignite 2015 and those Storage Replica stickers went fast. Hundreds of them, but that wasn't enough when you're surrounded by 23,000 IT professionals hungry for laptop ornamentation. So if you were turned away or couldn't make the show this year, I put together some Kalamity Jake wallpapers. These come in desktop and phone orientations, in a variety of resolutions and color schemes, both with and without logos. Redistribute to anyone you like. If someone tries to…
  • Have a Windows Server itch? Come scratch it!

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    14 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    Heya folks, Ned here again. Do you have an idea for Windows Server? Do you want to vote on future product features and scenarios floated by your peers and Microsoft? Do you like free awesomeness? Good. Go here now, tomorrow, and forever: http://windowsserver.uservoice.com Every piece of feedback and every vote goes directly to the Windows Server product engineering teams, without varnish or middlemen. The good, bad, and the ugly. For those interested in Storage feedback - i.e. the kind of people who visit FileCab - a shortcut: http://windowsserver.uservoice.com/forums/295056-storage For…
  • Data Deduplication in Windows Server Technical Preview 2

    John Loveall
    5 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    What’s New in Data Deduplication? If I had to pick two words to sum up the major changes for Data Deduplication coming in the next version of Windows Server, they would be “scale” and “performance”. In this posting, I’ll explain what these changes are and provide some recommendations of what to evaluate in Windows Server Technical Preview 2. In Windows Server 2016, we are making major investments to enable Data Deduplication (or “dedup” for short) to more effectively scale to handle larger amounts of data. For example, customers have been…
  • Finally, a Progress Bar for DFSR Cloning

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    Heya folks, Ned here again. I came across a great post at Briantist.com today: a script to create a progress bar for DFSR Database Cloning. We never added a proper GUI for this operation and just relied on people reading the event log or waiting patiently – but Brian had other ideas: Get Progress on DFS Replication Database Cloning Import Nifty Slick and simple, it grovels the DFSR event log progress to build a nice visualization. It even works remotely from your client. Obviously, if cloning works as well as I claim, you won’t need a progress bar – it will be over too fast!
 
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    Scott's Weblog

  • Technology Short Take #51

    22 May 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #51, another collection of posts and links about key data center technologies like networking, virtualization, cloud management, and applications/operating systems. Here’s hoping you find something useful in this collection! Networking I’m not sure if this falls here or into the “Cloud Computing/Cloud Computing” category, but Shannon McFarland—fellow co-conspirator with the Denver OpenStack Meetup group—has a nice article describing some design and deployment considerations for IPv6 in the OpenStack Kilo release. I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned…
  • Using an Apt Proxy

    21 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    In this post I’ll show you how to use apt-cacher-ng as an Apt proxy for Ubuntu systems on your network. I’m sure there are a lot of other resources that also provide this information, but I’m including it here for the sake of completeness and making it as easy as possible for others. Using an Apt proxy will help reduce the traffic coming from your network to external repositories, but it simpler and easier than running your own internal repository or mirror. This isn’t the first time I’ve discussed apt-cacher-ng; almost two years ago I showed you how to use Puppet to configure…
  • Building a Fully Automated Ubuntu Installation Process

    20 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Recently on Twitter, I mentioned that I had managed to successfully create a fully automated process for installing Ubuntu Server 14.04.2, along with a method for bootstrapping Ansible. In this post, I’m going to describe the installation process I built and the components that went into making it work. I’ll discuss the Ansible bootstrap process in a separate post. I significantly doubt that there is anything new or unique here, but hopefully this information will prove helpful to others facing similar challenges. Before I continue, allow me to briefly discuss why I didn’t use a system…
  • Using PXE with virt-install

    11 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    In this post, I’ll just share a quick command that can be used to build and install a KVM guest using PXE instead of an ISO image. There’s nothing new here; this is just me documenting a command so that it’s easier for me (and potentially others) to find next time I need it. I shared how to use the virt-install command to build KVM guest domains in a blog post talking about working with KVM guests. In that post, I used an ISO image with the virt-install command to build the guest domain. However, there may be times when you would prefer to use PXE instead of an ISO image. To build a KVM…
  • A Quick Introduction to LXD

    6 May 2015 | 3:30 pm
    With the recent release of Ubuntu 15.04, aka “Vivid Vervet”, the Ubuntu community has also unveiled an early release of LXD (pronounced “lex-dee”), a new project aimed at revitalizing the use of LXC and LXC-based containers in the face of application container efforts such as Docker and rkt. In this post, I’ll provide a quick introduction to LXD. To make it easier to follow along with some of the examples of using LXD, I’ve created an lxd directory in my GitHub “learning-tools” repository. In that directory, you’ll find a Vagrantfile that will allow you to quickly and easily…
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    DCIG

  • The Four (4) Behind-the-Scenes Forces that Drive Many of Today’s Technology Infrastructure Buying Decisions

    Jerome M. Wendt
    8 May 2015 | 10:30 am
    It is almost a given in today’s world that for almost any organization to operate at peak efficiency and achieve optimal results that it has to acquire and use multiple forms of technology as part of its business processes. However what is not always so clear is the forces that are at work both insider and outside of the business that drive its technology acquisitions. While by no means a complete list, here are four (4) forces that DCIG often sees at work behind the scenes that influence and drive many of today’s technology infrastructure buying decisions. The post The Four (4)…
  • DCIG 2015-16 Midsize Enterprise Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

    Chuck Cook
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    DCIG is pleased to announce the release of the DCIG 2015-16 Midsize Enterprise Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks more than 90 features of twenty-seven (27) different storage arrays or array series from twelve (12) different storage providers. The post DCIG 2015-16 Midsize Enterprise Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available appeared first on DCIG.
  • HP StoreOnce Deduplicating Backup Appliances Put Organizations on Path to Ending Big Data Backup Headaches

    Jerome M. Wendt
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    During the recent HP Deep Dive Analyst Event in its Fremont, CA, offices, HP shared some notable insights into the percentage of backup jobs that complete successfully (and unsuccessfully) within end-user organizations. Among its observations using the anonymized data gathered from hundreds of backup assessments at end-user organizations of all sizes, HP found that over 60% of them had backup job success rates of 98% or lower, with 12% of organizations showing backup success rates of lower than 90%. Yet what is more noteworthy is through HP’s use of Big Data analytics, it has identified…
  • Advanced Encryption and VTL Features Give Organizations New Impetus to Use the Dell DR Series as their “One Stop Shop” Backup Target

    Jerome M. Wendt
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    The closer any new solution comes to being non-disruptively introduced into existing organizational backup infrastructures, the greater the odds that the solution will succeed and be adopted more broadly. By Dell including FIPS 140-2 compliant 256-bit AES encryption and VTL features as part of its 3.2 OS release for its existing and new DR series of backup appliances at no charge, organizations have new options to introduce the DR Series appliances without disrupting their existing backup processes. The post Advanced Encryption and VTL Features Give Organizations New Impetus to Use the Dell…
  • It was All About the Petabytes at the NAB Show

    Jerome M. Wendt
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    A little over a decade ago when I told people that I was managing three (3) storage arrays with eleven (11) TBs of storage under management, people looked at me with a mixture of shock and awe. Fast forward to 2015 and last week’s NAB conference in Las Vegas, NV, and it was hard to find many storage vendors who even wanted to have a conversation with a customer unless it had at least a petabyte of data under management. The post It was All About the Petabytes at the NAB Show appeared first on DCIG.
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  • 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.
  • Data Protection Gumbo = Protect Preserve and Serve Information

    Greg Schulz
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    Keep in mind that a fundamental role of Information Technology (IT) is to protect, preserve and serve business or organizations information assets including applications, configuration settings and data for use when or where needed. Data protection is a broad topic that spans from logical and physical security to high availability (HA), disaster recovery (DR), business continuance (BC), business resiliency (BR), archiving (including life beyond compliance) along with various tools, technologies, techniques. Keeping with the theme of protect preserve and serve, data protection to be modernized…
  • S3motion Buckets Containers Objects AWS S3 Cloud and EMCcode

    Greg Schulz
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm
    It’s springtime in Kentucky and recently I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Kendrick Coleman to talk about S3motion, Buckets, Containers, Objects, AWS S3, Cloud and Object Storage, node.js, EMCcode and open source among other related topics which are available in a podcast here, or video here and available at StorageIO.tv.
  • Cloud Conversations: AWS EFS Elastic File System (Cloud NAS) First Preview Look

    Greg Schulz
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently announced (preview) new Elastic File System (EFS) providing Network File System (NFS) NAS (Network Attached Storage) capabilities for AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instances. EFS AWS compliments other AWS storage offerings including Simple Storage Service (S3) along with Elastic Block Storage (EBS), Glacier and Relational Data Services (RDS) among others.
 
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  • Service Temporarily Suspended…

    Martin Glassborow
    20 May 2015 | 11:44 am
    Apologies for very infrequent updates! Unfortunately life has somewhat got in the way and I really don’t have the energy to blog at present! So I’m taking a little bit of a break…certainly over the summer, should we have one! Hopefully normal service will be renewed at some point towards the end of the year! So vendors….make hay whilst the sun shines!
  • Punish the Pundits!!

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

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

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

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

    27 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Tune into this live panel discussion to join George Crump, Lead Analyst at Storage Switzerland as he leads a team of industry experts from both NetApp and AWS in an open dialogue around leveraging cloud service providers, in tandem with local storage, as part of a comprehensive backup and archiving strategy. Published by: NetApp
  • Case Study: Campus-Wide VDI Deployment

    22 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Access this white paper to learn how one university improved it virtual desktop infrastructure and boosted its efficiency. Published by: Tintri
  • Case Study: Flash for Research Data

    22 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Access this video to learn how on research company made storing all the data it collected much more efficient. Tune in to find out how implementing SSD can not only increase storage performance, but also decrease the amount of time need to manage your storage system. Published by: Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Your Guide to Choosing the Right Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Solution

    22 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This white paper classifies the different types of hyper-converged infrastructure and presents a detailed buyer's guide to help you decide which one is best for your organization. Published by: DataCore Software Corporation
  • All-Flash Storage System: Introduction

    20 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Access this brief video to get an inside look at a new all-flash array. Tune in to learn more about flash optimized storage architectural requirements that are addressed with this all-flash array, and how it can boost storage performance without putting you over-budget. Published by: Hewlett-Packard Company
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  • Accelerate Market Responsiveness With Forrester's Holistic Cloud Strategy

    20 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Why Read This Report?Cloud computing has reached an inflection point for enterprises — a comprehensive strategy for broad adoption and use is now required. Until now, most companies had adopted public cloud services in an ad hoc fashion, driven mostly by business leaders and developers creating new customer-facing systems that corporate IT could not deliver quickly enough. These initial experiences prove that cloud applications, platforms, and business services are now ready to be strategic resources in your business technology portfolio. Only CIOs can help the business strike the right…
  • Top 5 Reasons Sales and Operations Planning Belongs in the Cloud

    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Successful collaboration on sales and operations planning requires easy, flexible, comprehensive and instant access to a single version of the truth between Sales, Marketing, Finance and Demand Planning — impossible to accomplish with ERP alone.Discover a better way of doing S&OP.Request Free!
  • Gartner on Business Continuity in 2015

    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Disasters are an inevitable part of business. According to a recent Gartner report, 86% of organizations have had to use a recovery plan within the last 24 months. Fortunately, with the right Business Continuity Management (BCM) program, you can help ensure that you stay in business no matter what comes your way. Gartner's BCM report explores: Common BCM mistakes and shortcomings Ways to accurately measure BCM program effectiveness How far into the future to look when building a BCM program improvement roadmap Download the full Gartner report, 2014 BCM Survey Provides Program Posture and…
  • Your Business In the Cloud

    19 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    In today’s fast-paced, quickly changing world, remaining flexible and able to scale your Business Process Management (BPM) application is essential. Implementing cloud services at the BPM level will give your company an ability to expand its systems on-demand, and at a fraction of typical server maintenance costs.This guide, Your Business In The Cloud: What Every Business Manager Needs To Know, explores the financial benefits of moving to the cloud, as well as the security implications, and some related solutions to consider before moving to the cloud entirely. Topics explored…
  • Don't Let Unsecured Faxing Be Your Data Security Weak Point

    18 May 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Organizations are investing more time and resources these days focused on network security and protecting sensitive data, both in transit and at rest.  Mark Malone, a fax industry veteran, raises important questions and considerations that organizations need to make when choosing a secure fax solution.  Are your faxes encrypted at rest? Are all of your interconnections between your fax solution and other components secure?  The answers to these and other important questions can mean the difference between meeting compliance regulations and risking data breaches – and…
 
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  • 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 [...]
  • Paragon Disk Wiper 15 for Mac OS X Free and other tools on MacToolbox portal

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

  • 6 Apps That Will Help You Declutter and Organize Your Life

    Selena Templeton
    22 May 2015 | 5:56 pm
    There’s nothing worse than meeting a guy (or a girl), going through the natural sequence of events from casual coffee date to dolled-up dinner date, deciding that you really like him, and then…seeing his apartment. Yikes! Did he forget to clean up after the last earthquake? While you can’t change another person (believe me, if ... The post 6 Apps That Will Help You Declutter and Organize Your Life appeared first on SelfStorageFinders.com Blog | Self Storage Tips.
  • 9 Items for the Perfect Picnic

    Conna
    21 May 2015 | 9:42 pm
    Picnics at the beach, in the country or even in a city park can be amazing—a time to connect with friends, your partner, or the person you’re hoping might become your partner. With a bit of planning, and these nine items, you can prepare a perfect picnic basket. Water. This one’s so obvious that it’s easy to ... The post 9 Items for the Perfect Picnic appeared first on SelfStorageFinders.com Blog | Self Storage Tips.
  • Awesome Hostess Gifts

    Conna
    20 May 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Dinner party? Sweet. Weekend at your friends’ beach house? Even sweeter. And then, on your way there, you realize that you meant to bring something—flowers or wine or that salad you promised to make. You can always make a quick stop at the grocery store or gourmet shop for a last-minute gift. But even better ... The post Awesome Hostess Gifts appeared first on SelfStorageFinders.com Blog | Self Storage Tips.
  • How to Clean Your Hardwood Floor

    Conna
    19 May 2015 | 9:35 pm
    Hardwood floors? Lucky you! Hardwood floors are resilient, versatile—they work with everything from classic furnishings to modern style to dorm room décor—and they don’t attract allergens like carpets do. Whether old or new, hardwood floors can be absolutely stunning. They are also the easiest type of flooring to keep clean, once you know what type of ... The post How to Clean Your Hardwood Floor appeared first on SelfStorageFinders.com Blog | Self Storage Tips.
  • What to Do With Moving Boxes After the Move

    Kathleen Krueger
    19 May 2015 | 2:51 am
    All the boxes are finally empty. You’ve finally gotten everything unpacked. You have found a place to store or display all your possessions. There is only one thing left to deal with – what to do with all those moving boxes. Do you just throw them away? Of course not! There are plenty of other ... The post What to Do With Moving Boxes After the Move appeared first on SelfStorageFinders.com Blog | Self Storage Tips.
 
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