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  • November 2014 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

    StorageIOblog
    Greg Schulz
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Hello and welcome to this November Server and StorageIO update newsletter. Enjoy this edition of the Server and StorageIO update newsletter and watch for new tips, articles, StorageIO lab report reviews, blog posts, videos and podcasts along with in the news commentary appearing soon.
  • Friday hike blogging: Cockscomb Butte

    StorageMojo
    Robin Harris
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Thanks to re:Invent and some other issues I haven’t done much hiking in the last 2 weeks. But back on the 8th I took a hike with my friend Gudrun up Cockscomb. There’s no official Forest Service trail so I was glad to have a guide for my first ascent. We spent about 90 minutes on top. But the sun started going down so we did too. The desert gets dark quickly – and cool too – and it was getting dim by the time we got back to the car. As usual, the views were wonderful. Here’s one looking north to Bear Mountain from the side of Coxcomb. Click to enlarge. Yes, that…
  • The New Five 9s: Achieving Big Iron Storage Availability with Commodity Storage Hardware

    Most Popular White Papers and Webcasts Storage Research
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This whitepaper from ESG takes a look at software-defined storage (SDS) in the enterprise and how it can help organizations achieve "five 9s" (99.999%) availability. Published by: Nexenta
  • 2015 Trends: Convergence, Automation, and Integration

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    Hu Yoshida
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    This is a continuation of ten 2015 trends which I started in my last post . These three post refer to three key enablers for Business Defined It. 2. New Capabilities Accelerate Adoption of Converged and Hyper-converged Platforms A key enabler for Business Defined IT are converged solutions that are integrated with the systems and the application stack. Converged solutions are the fastest growing segment in Hitachi Data Systems portfolio. Businesses no longer need to wait weeks or months for IT to spin up an Oracle RAC or SAP Hana platform.  The integration of its orchestration software with…
  • Customer Conversations and Product Development

    Zerowait High Availability Blog
    5 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    I will start this blog by mentioning that I travel a lot; as a business owner I believe that it is important to visit our customers, and as our business has grown internationally this requires me to travel a lot of the year. By visiting our customers I learn a lot about what our customers are thinking. For example, our SimplStor Product Line was developed based customer requests in the USA, and one of our Australian customers encouraged us to develop a CCTV storage version. That Niche has become a major part of our US SimplStor business.Over the last year, many of our NetApp CIFS customers…
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  • 2015 Trends: Convergence, Automation, and Integration

    Hu Yoshida
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    This is a continuation of ten 2015 trends which I started in my last post . These three post refer to three key enablers for Business Defined It. 2. New Capabilities Accelerate Adoption of Converged and Hyper-converged Platforms A key enabler for Business Defined IT are converged solutions that are integrated with the systems and the application stack. Converged solutions are the fastest growing segment in Hitachi Data Systems portfolio. Businesses no longer need to wait weeks or months for IT to spin up an Oracle RAC or SAP Hana platform.  The integration of its orchestration software with…
  • Business Defined IT Will Drive the IT Trends in 2015

    Hu Yoshida
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    For the past several years I have published top ten IT trends for the coming year, based up on my observations of the current year. Next year the trends will be an extension of this year’s trends, but with more clarity and urgency. You have already seen disruption in the market place as vendors struggle to align with the changing demands of the business. For 2015 these trends will be driven by the need for IT to embrace the third platform that IDC has identified that is built on the mega trends around mobility, cloud, social and big data. I believe these are business trends that define…
  • Social Innovation with Public Safety Solutions

    Hu Yoshida
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    On Monday, April 15th of last year, two bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring hundreds. The FBI immediately set up a command center and began scanning every available video of the target area. They located two suspects in the videos, but could not get a clear, frontal picture that they could match to their terrorist databases. The decision was made on Wednesday to release the video clips on television and enlist the public’s help in identifying the suspects. The public responded and the suspects were identified immediately. Unfortunately the suspects…
  • High Speed Backup and Restore for Databases

    Hu Yoshida
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Surveys show that backup and restore remain at the top of the list of concerns for data centers. Each year as volumes increase, the struggle to meet SLAs and manage backup windows increases. Many enterprises with very large databases have come to rely on techniques such as simultaneously backing up data through multiple backup streams (multi-streaming) and backing up multiple sources to a single backup device (multiplexing). While these techniques can speed up backup dramatically, it makes it difficult to dedupe using traditional hashing techniques, which results in increased storage costs…
  • EVO:RAIL TO BECOME PART OF THE UCP FAMILY OF CONVERGED SOLUTIONS

    Hu Yoshida
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    At VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona, VMware executives announced that Hitachi Data Systems has joined the EVO:RAIL partnership. EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged, VMware powered appliance that is designed for low cost and out of the box deployment. It comes in a 2U, 4-node configuration with up to 16 TB of internal storage and uses VSAN, which I described in my previous post. It has a single software SKU, which includes licensing of vSphere Enterprise Plus, VSAN, vCenter Standard Edition, Log Insight Manager, and EVO Deployment Configuration Manager (DCM) for all four nodes. It is a great cost…
 
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  • Friday hike blogging: Cockscomb Butte

    Robin Harris
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Thanks to re:Invent and some other issues I haven’t done much hiking in the last 2 weeks. But back on the 8th I took a hike with my friend Gudrun up Cockscomb. There’s no official Forest Service trail so I was glad to have a guide for my first ascent. We spent about 90 minutes on top. But the sun started going down so we did too. The desert gets dark quickly – and cool too – and it was getting dim by the time we got back to the car. As usual, the views were wonderful. Here’s one looking north to Bear Mountain from the side of Coxcomb. Click to enlarge. Yes, that…
  • Primary Data takes on the enterprise

    Robin Harris
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    The economics of massive scale-out storage systems has thrown a harsh light on legacy enterprise storage. Expensive, inflexible, under-utilized data silos are not what data intensive enterprises need or – increasingly – can afford. That much is obvious to any CFO who can read Amazon Webe Services’ pricing. But how to get from today’s storage islands to tomorrow’s storage ocean? The CFO’s problem: the investment in the hardware, software and operational changes is all upfront. The payback takes years, and C-level execs are right to be skeptical. An ideal…
  • EMC’s re-intermediation strategy

    Robin Harris
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    EMC – and other legacy array vendors – are trying to become an intermediary between enterprises and the cloud. Are cloud-washed arrays a viable strategy? EMC’s Joe Tucci is working to ensure that EMC can survive in a cloud world even if he doesn’t manage to sell the company before he retires. The acquisitions of TwinStrata, CloudScaling, Maginatics and Spanning are proof. The acquisitions are recent and success remains to be seen. But there’s a larger question about the strategy: can an enterprise re-intermediation strategy be successful? Intermediation works…
  • AWS re:Invent this week

    Robin Harris
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    StorageMojo’s legion of analysts are saddling up for the ride to Las Vegas for AWS re:Invent. This is a first time for this event and trust it will be excellent. If you’re there feel free to say hi! Courteous comments welcome, of course. Please comment on anything you’d like to see The StorageMojo take on.
  • Pure vs EMC: who’s winning?

    Robin Harris
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    Forbes contributor and analyst Peter Cohan writes on seemingly conflicting stories coming from Pure and EMC. Let’s unpack the dueling narratives. Does Pure win 70% vs EMC or does EMC win 95% vs Pure? The metrics: Both parties seem to agree that they meet up very often in competitive bidding situations. EMC claims that it beats Pure 95% of the time they vie for “pure flash” bids while Pure says it wins the vast majority of these business battles. Pure claims that it’s growing at 400% a year and much of that comes from winning 70% of its competitive battles. . . . The qualifier from…
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  • Happy Thanksgiving to Our Loyal Readers

    Administrator
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    We have been busy with travel and development, working on a re-boot of the Data Management Institute to coincide with a free on-line video-based training program called Storage Fundamentals which we hope to complete by end of January.  Several sponsors have joined in and we are looking for additional support from the disk array crowd […]
  • My Bad…

    Administrator
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    I inadvertently said that our next IT-SENSE webinar was tomorrow, Wednesday, at noon.  It is in fact on Thursday at noon EST.  I am overly energized, I guess, and anxious to get going with this discussion of the vulnerabilities that are being encouraged by agile mainframe data center hype.  Please join us on THURSDAY at […]
  • High Noon on Agile Mainframe Data Centers

    Administrator
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    The agile mainframe data center idea is being promoted by everyone from CA Technologies to IBM to the many hardware and software peddlers that crowd the increasing number of mainframe oriented events happening around the world these days.  (Yes, I said increasing number, in recognition that mainframes are once again mainstream for a number of […]
  • Agile: The Unicorn of Contemporary IT

    Administrator
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    There is nothing wrong with the idea of agile computing.  In fact, I would argue that it reflects a set of values and goals that have defined my role in IT over the years. Who doesn’t want an IT service that responds quickly to business needs, one that can turn on a dime as the […]
  • Miss Me?

    Administrator
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    August was a busy month and just whipped by.  I did several webcasts for 1105 Media/Virtualization Review/Redmond Magazine.  Wrote a bunch of articles and columns for the trade press and took a staycation that found me mending and painting and building — basically catching up on the honey-do list. Now that September has arrived, I […]
 
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  • Flash Tiering – HP 3PAR Adaptive Cache

    Chris M Evans
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    I recently completed a white paper for HP on a new feature in the 3PAR StoreServ platform called Adaptive Cache.  In disk-based 3PAR systems, flash SSD devices can be used to augment the DRAM cache and act like a second level of memory tiering by cascading cached pages to flash rather than simply flushing them ...
  • Avere Systems Releases Virtual Edge Filer To Deliver Data to Compute

    Chris M Evans
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s been a little over three years since I first was introduced to Avere Systems at what was SNW Europe (now Powering The Cloud) in Frankfurt.  At the time, the positioning on their FXT hardware platform was as an edge “caching” filer to allow core NAS assets to be extended to branch offices without sacrificing ...
  • VSAN, VSA or Dedicated Array?

    Chris M Evans
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    I don’t normally write blog posts that follow up on other people’s discussions however having seen some of the tweets relating to Nigel’s blog post on VSA versus VSAN, I realised my comments on the subject would stretch to an entire post of their own.  So here it is. The discussion (although I haven’t listened ...
  • SolidFire Raise a Further $82m and Releases 3rd Gen Hardware

    Chris M Evans
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Last week, SolidFire Inc, a startup in the “all-flash array” sector of the storage market announced a further $82 million in funding for the company, bringing their total investment to date to $150 million.  The new funds will be used for further expansion of the company’s business.  As well as raising money, two new hardware ...
  • Hewlett Packard Splits In Two

    Chris M Evans
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Overnight news officially broke that Hewlett Packard Inc is to divide its business into two, focusing on PCs and printing through HP Inc and enterprise services and hardware through a company to be called Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.  Meg Whitman will run one (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise) and chair the other (HP Inc). The idea of spinning off parts ...
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  • The Concepts Behind a Technology Roadmap

    Humayun Khan
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:04 am
    Information Technology is critical to an organization’s success in modern times. Yet, too often we tend to get comfortable with what we have inherited or have in place today. Yes, IT is concerned with growth, and costs and will “shrink” on demand, but does anyone know where IT is headed? The costs question is directly ...
  • CPU Cost Comparison: Bigger Spend, Better Output?

    Mike Murphy
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    In a previous blog post, “Spending Money To Make Money: An IT Strategy That Really Works?” I compared the cost of running 6-core, 8-core, and 12-core CPUs across the x86 enterprise, comparing costs among the versions. My point back then was that more expensive servers could actually save you money when looking at the TCO. ...
  • Welcome to New Director of Pre-Sales Engineering, Ajay Patel

    IDS
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    IDS is excited to announce the addition of a new Director of Pre-Sales Engineering, Ajay Patel, to our team. As a leading Data Center Technology Integrator and Cloud Services Provider we are careful to hire only the most impressive engineering and IT professionals. Right from the start we knew Ajay, who has over 20 years ...
  • Array of Things Plans to Revolutionize Data in Chicago

    IDS
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    In a quickly evolving technology industry, we were especially excited to hear about a fascinating project coming right to our own backyard. The Array of Things project recently announced plans to revolutionize how citizens live in, and interact with their cities. In partnership with the City of Chicago, the Array of Things team plans to ...
  • Nearline and Enterprise SAS vs. NVMe (PCI express) Storage Connections

    Mike Murphy
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    Most enterprise storage arrays today have backend enterprise SATA (aka Nearline SAS) and enterprise SAS connections running 6gbps or 12gbps where the actual disks and spindles connect to the controllers. The benefits of these enterprise-class communication protocols over standard SATA include: Native command queuing. Dual-redundant multipath I/O connections. Plenty of throughput for each individual spindle. You ...
 
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  • Customer Conversations and Product Development

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

    3 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    Over the last few months we have been rebuilding our network infrastructure which has been evolving with our business over the last 25 years. The last major upgrade we did was in 2002 and since then there have been a lot of additional servers and people added to the company. As we grew and added to our network we kept adapting what we had to make it work, so there were many work arounds and slowly but surely we grew a very complicated tapestry of a network design.  Last year we decided that our engineering team would slowly rebuild our network infrastructure and storage design in between…
  • The sun is setting on a free and open internet.

    8 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Zerowait has grown into an international company due to the internet and our customers communicate with us from all parts of the globe. We use VPN's, on line meetings, messaging   and VOIP  with our customers no matter where they are.  I met our corporate attorney (Philp Corwin)  on a flight to Australia when he was on his way to an ICANN conference and  over the last several years he has been an integral part of our team as we have grown internationally. Phil was quoted in an article in the Wall Street Journal  and we agree with him, Gordon Crovitz , and the…
  • Peachtree Upgrade to Sage 50 on our NetApp Filer

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Zerowait has been using the Peachtree accounting package for many years. Over the past decade, we worked our way through the BTreive to Pervasive upgrade, and this year there was a major upgrade to SAGE 50, required by the new owners of Peachtree, Sage Software. Upgrading a company’s accounting package is something that has to be done carefully. Since we had deployed Peachtree on an ISCSI mounted LUN on our NetApp Filer and we were migrating the app server to a Virtual Machine environment, our upgrade had a few more intricacies than normal to resolve.The discovery phase of this project…
  • Management Myopia

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    NetApp's aggressiveness in forcing their customers to upgrade to Cluster Data OnTap  8.2  (CDOT 8.2) is worrying a lot of NetApp storage engineers. From the cost of the hardware and software required for the upgrade to the disruption of stable storage systems, NetApp's stance is causing storage engineers and their managers to look at alternative storage solutions. It seems that NetApp's management has lost sight of a significant portion of their customers' needs, and is now focused on forcing their customers to upgrade.There is a theory that I have heard which is based on the idea…
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  • Cluster aggregated view in Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Provider for an asymmetric storage configuration

    JoseBarreto
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Blog written by Sripresanna in the Storage, Network & Print Team.   Cluster aggregated view for Windows Storage Provider (Asymmetric storage configuration)   This is a continuation of previous blog, where I explained cluster aggregated view for Windows Storage Provider for symmetric storage configuration. We strongly encourage to use Symmetric storage configuration and this blog is just to illustrate how cluster aggregate feature (in Windows Server 2012 R2) will work for an Asymmetric storage configuration. Consider the asymmetric storage configuration in the below cluster:…
  • Cluster aggregated view in Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Provider for a symmetric storage configuration

    JoseBarreto
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Blog written by Sripresanna in the Storage, Network & Print Team   Cluster aggregated view for Windows Storage Provider   In this blog, I’d like to explain about the new cluster aggregated view feature that is part of the Storage Management on Windows Server 2012 R2. For a quick overview of the Storage Management at Microsoft, refer to the Windows 2012 R2 Storage (scroll to SM API) and Getting Started with SMI-S In a cluster environment, there are two types of storage subsystem: 1. Standalone subsystem: Storage resources that are directly connected to the storage node. 2.
  • Automatic RMS Protection of non-MS Office files using FCI and the Rights Management Cmdlets

    Will Gries
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) is a built-in feature on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 that helps IT admins to manage their organization's data on file servers by providing automatic classification processes. Using rules which are constructed with regular expressions, PowerShell, and/or .NET or native modules, FCI can identify sensitive files and perform actions such as encrypting Microsoft Office documents with Rights Management Services (RMS), expiring files that have passed a defined date limit, or other custom action (defined through…
  • Come see Windows Server Technical Preview sessions at TechEd Europe next week!

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Hi folks, Ned here again. I will be presenting at TechEd Europe in Barcelona Oct 28-31, with my focus on Storage Replica. There are plenty of great presentations on our latest Windows Server 2012 R2 tech and dives into new Windows Server Technical Preview solutions, such as cluster rolling upgrades, scale out storage changes, the new MS Cloud Platform System done in partnership with Dell, storage QoS, and more. Here's a good intro to whet your appetite: CDP-B222 Software Defined Storage in the Next Release of Windows Server - Tuesday, October 28 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM…
  • Storage Replica Guide Released for Windows Server Technical Preview

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    With the release of the Windows Server Technical Preview, we’ve unveiled a new feature, Storage Replica. Today we released a step-by-step guide to match. Storage Replica enables storage-agnostic, block-level, synchronous replication between clusters or servers for disaster recovery, as well as stretching of a failover cluster for high availability. Synchronous replication enables mirroring of data in physical sites with crash-consistent volumes ensuring zero data loss at the file system level. Asynchronous replication allows site extension beyond metropolitan ranges with the possibility of…
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  • Removing OVS Configuration Settings

    slowe
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    I’ve written quite a bit about Open vSwitch (OVS), but I realized recently that despite all the articles I’ve written I still haven’t talked about how to remove a configuration setting to OVS. I’m fixing that now with this article. As part of my ongoing mission to give back to the open source community, I recently started making contributions and improvements to the OVS web site; specifically, I’ve been reformatting the configuration cookbooks to make them more readable (and to clean up the HTML source). Along the way, I’ve been adding small bits of content…
  • Technology Short Take #46

    slowe
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #46. That’s right, it’s time for yet another collection of links and articles from around the Internet on various data center-related technologies, products, projects, and efforts. As always, there is no rhyme or reason to my collection; this is just a glimpse into what I’ve seen over the past few weeks. I hope you are able to glean something useful. Networking This post by Matt Oswalt—the first in a series, apparently—provides a great introduction to 5 development tools for network engineers. I’ve already increased my usage…
  • Setting up the Tools for Contributing to OpenStack Documentation

    slowe
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    For non-programmers, making a meaningful contribution to an open source project can be difficult; this is as true for OpenStack as for other open source projects. Documentation is a way to contribute, but in the case of OpenStack there is a non-trivial setup required in order to be able to contribute to the OpenStack documentation. In this post, I’m going to share how to set up the tools to contribute to OpenStack documentation in the hopes that it will help others get past the “barrier to entry” that currently exists. I’ve long wanted to be more involved in supporting…
  • Learning NSX, Part 18: Routing Without Network Address Translation

    slowe
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is part 18 of the Learning NSX blog series, in which I talk about using layer 3 (L3) routing with VMware NSX but without network address translation (NAT). This post describes a configuration that offers yet another connectivity option for OpenStack cloud administrators and operators. In part 6, I showed you how to add a gateway appliance to your NSX installation. Part 9 leveraged the gateway appliances to create a L3 gateway service, which—as I explained in part 15—provides the functionality for logical routers in OpenStack. (Logical routing was covered in part 14.) Part 16…
  • Learning NSX, Part 17: Adding External L2 Connectivity

    slowe
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is part 17 of the Learning NSX blog series. In this post, I’ll show you how to add layer 2 (L2) connectivity to your NSX environment, and how to leverage that L2 connectivity in an NSX-powered OpenStack implementation. This will allow you, as an operator of an NSX-powered OpenStack cloud, to offer L2/bridged connectivity to your tenants as an additional option. As you might expect, this post does build on content from previous posts in the series. Links to all the posts in the series are available on the Learning NVP/NSX page; in particular, this post will leverage content from…
 
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  • Virtual Standby, Instant Recovery and the Aha! Moment; Interview with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett Roscoe Part IV

    Jerome M. Wendt
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    There is a magic moment associated with the sales process of almost any technology where the individual looking to make an acquisition has an “Aha!” moment, indicating they grasp the value of the technology and how it can help them move their business forward. In this fourth installment of my interview series with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett Roscoe, we discuss how the virtual standby feature in the Dell DL integrated recovery appliances often leads to this “Aha!”moment. The post Virtual Standby, Instant Recovery and the Aha! Moment; Interview with Dell…
  • TIBCO Event Processing: Relevant, Real-time Operational Intelligence

    Jerome M. Wendt
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Deriving value from the plethora of unstructured data created by today’s multiple sources of Big Data hinges on analyzing and acting on it in real-time. To do so, enterprises must employ a solution that analyzes Big Data streams as they flow in. Using TIBCO Software’s Event Processing platform, enterprises can process Big Data streams while they are still in motion providing real-time operational intelligence so they may take the appropriate action while the action still has meaningful value. The post TIBCO Event Processing: Relevant, Real-time Operational Intelligence appeared first on…
  • The Hot Topic of Deduplication

    Charley McMaster
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Rarely does a day go by at DCIG when deduplication is not mentioned in some context. Instead of storing every chunk of data, deduplication removes redundant data and stores unique recording data just once across the network. Offering up to 20x reductions in data, data deduplication directly equates to lower backup storage costs for almost any size data center as less hardware is needed for storage backup. The post The Hot Topic of Deduplication appeared first on DCIG.
  • DCIG 2014-15 Deduplicating Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide Now Available

    Charley McMaster
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its DCIG 2014-15 Deduplicating Backup Appliance Buyer's Guide that weights, scores and ranks over 100 features on 47 different deduplicating backup appliances from 10 different providers. This Buyer’s Guide provides the critical information that all size organizations need when selecting deduplicating backup appliances to protect environments ranging from remote offices to enterprise data centers. The post DCIG 2014-15 Deduplicating Backup Appliance Buyer’s Guide Now Available appeared first on DCIG.
  • Four Best Practices for Implementing Next Gen Backup and Recovery; Interview with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett Roscoe, Part III

    Jerome M. Wendt
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    There are so many options available in today’s next generation of backup and recovery tools that sometimes it can be tough to prioritize which features to implement. In this third installment of my interview series with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett Roscoe, we discuss four (4) best practices that organizations should prioritize as they implement next generation backup and recovery tools. The post Four Best Practices for Implementing Next Gen Backup and Recovery; Interview with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett Roscoe, Part III appeared…
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  • November 2014 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

    Greg Schulz
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Hello and welcome to this November Server and StorageIO update newsletter. Enjoy this edition of the Server and StorageIO update newsletter and watch for new tips, articles, StorageIO lab report reviews, blog posts, videos and podcasts along with in the news commentary appearing soon.
  • StorageIO Out and About Update – VMworld 2014

    Greg Schulz
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Here is a quick video montage or mash-up if you prefer that Cory Peden (aka the Server and StorageIO Intern @Studentof_IT) put together using some video that recorded while at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco. In this YouTube video we take a quick tour around the expo hall to see who as well as what we run into while out and about.
  • Seagate 1200 12Gbs Enterprise SAS SSD StorgeIO lab review

    Greg Schulz
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Back to the Seagate 1200 12Gbs Enterprise SAS SSD which is covered in this StorageIO Industry Trends Perspective thought leadership white paper. The focus of the white paper is to look at how the Seagate 1200 Enterprise class SSD’s and 12Gbps SAS address current and next generation tiered storage for virtual, cloud, traditional Little and Big Data infrastructure environments.
  • Part II: Seagate 1200 12Gbs Enterprise SAS SSD StorgeIO lab review

    Greg Schulz
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:59 pm
    The earlier proof-points focused on SSD as a target or storage device. In the following proof-points, the Seagate Enterprise 1200 SSD is used as a shared read cache (write-through). Using a write-through cache enables a given amount of SSD to give a performance benefit to other local and networked storage devices.
  • Is Computer Data Storage Complex? It Depends

    Greg Schulz
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    I often get asked, or, told that computer data storage is complex with so many options to choose from, apples to oranges comparison among other things.
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  • Stop Selling Storage

    Martin Glassborow
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:24 am
    In the shower today, I thought back over a number of meetings with storage vendors I’ve had over the past couple of weeks. Almost without exception, they mentioned AWS and the other large cloud vendors as a major threat and compared their costs to them. We’ve all seen the calculation and generally we know that for many large Enterprises that the costs often favour the traditional vendors; buying at scale and at the traditionally large discounts mean that we get a decent deal. Storage turns out to be free at the terabyte  level and only becomes an appreciable cost once we start…
  • Wish I was there?

    Martin Glassborow
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    It’s an unusual month which sees me travel to conferences twice but October was that month but there is a part of me who wishes that I was on the road again and off to the OpenStack Summit in Paris. At the moment, it seems that OpenStack has the real momentum and it would have been interesting to compare and contrast it with VMworld. There does seem to be a huge overlap in the vendors attending and even the people but it feels like it is the more vibrant community at the moment. And as the OpenStack services continue to extend and expand; it seems that it is a community that is only…
  • Fujitsu Storage – With Tentacles..

    Martin Glassborow
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    So Fujitsu have announced the ETERNUS CD10000; their latest storage product designed to meet the demands of the hyperscale and the explosion in data growth and it’s based on….Ceph. It seems that Ceph is quickly becoming the go-to scale-out and unified system for those companies who don’t already have an in-house file-system to work-on. Redhat’s acquisition of Ink-Tank has steadied that ship with regards to commercial support. And it is hard to see why anyone would go to Fujitsu for a Ceph cluster; especially considering some of the caveats that Fujitsu put on…
  • Done

    Martin Glassborow
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:59 am
    Could VMAX3 possibly be the last incarnation of the Symmetrix that ships? As an Enterprise Array, it feels done; there is little left to do, arguably this has been the case for some time but the missing feature for VMAX had always been ease of use and simplicity. The little foibles such as the Rule of 17, Hypers, Metas, BCVs vs Clones all added to the mystique/complexity and led to many storage admins believing that we were some kind of special priesthood. The latest version of VMAX and the rebrand of the Enginuity into HyperMax removes much of this and it finally feels like a modern…
  • Scrapheap Challenge

    Martin Glassborow
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    On the way to ‘Powering the Cloud’ with Greg Ferro and Chris Evans, we got to discussing Greg’s book White Box Networking and whether there could be a whole series of books discussing White Box storage, virtualisation, servers etc and how to build a complete White Box environment. This lead me to thinking about how you would build an entire environment and how cheap it would be if you simply used eBay as your supplier/reseller.  If you start looking round eBay, it is crazy how far you can make your money go; dual processor HP G7s with 24Gb for less than £1000.; 40 port 10…
 
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  • Inside Windows 8.1 - Microsoft's Newest Operating System Update - FREE eBook! (Offer Ends 11/25)

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    Microsoft® Exchange Server has become the corporate standard in email, calendaring, and workforce productivity. As a result, significant time and IT resources go into creating a robust, reliable, high-performance Exchange environment. IT departments regularly consider deploying additional exchange servers, moving servers to branch offices, and even adding more bandwidth in order to improve Exchange performance.Request Free!
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  • The World Is Changing. Isn't It Time to Change Your Storage Solution?

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    The IT ecosystem is made up of interrelated mechanisms that need to work in concert to deliver services to the business. But if most of the ecosystem evolves to help make the organization more adaptable and competitive, one unchanged layer can hold back all of the potential benefits. We are fast approaching that point with storage. Petabyte scale, reliability, performance, and efficiency are the order of the day, and this requires a change in our current storage paradigm.Join the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) Sr. Analyst, Infrastructure and Storage, Terri McClure; ESG Analyst, Storage and…
  • Considerations for Evaluating Business Continuity Software Vendors

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Business Continuity Management Planning (BCMP) is a complex, challenging, and often overlooked job that's in transition. In the past, it was only valued during disaster or by auditors examining continuity posture of regulated companies. Today, business continuity planning is evolving into a more comprehensive risk management function, where it happens every day within production business operations and operational risk management activities. That shift, driven by the high cost of downtime, puts more pressure on organizations to choose optimized, feature-rich, cost-effective BCMP platforms to…
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  • Paragon Software zips into 20th Anniversary with special offers on all products!

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Great savings on essential software tools now until November 20, 2014! It’s Paragon Software Group’s 20th anniversary and everyone gets deals! The company celebrates its 20th anniversary by giving out a 20% discount on all products, including the latest editions of its flagship tools, Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15and NTFS for Mac 12. The sale starts today and goes [...]
  • Paragon Software releases cost-effective data protection bundle for Windows Server essential customers

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:24 am
    Backup and Disaster Recovery Leader Addresses SMBs’ Data Protection and Disk Optimization Needs with a Comprehensive Package for Windows 2012 Server Essentials Licenses Paragon Server Essentials Bundle for Windows gives small to midsize business (SMB) customers purchasing a Microsoft Windows 2012 Server Essentials license a cost-effective yet comprehensive solution for protecting the data within their organization. Now [...]
  • New NTFS for Mac 12 provides high-speed access to Windows NTFS drives from OS X

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    First with full support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite! Users of Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X 11 get a free upgrade! NTFS for Mac 12 from Paragon Software Group is the first product to deliver full read and write support for NTFS-formatted drives to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Eliminating boundaries between Mac and Windows operating systems, [...]
  • Paragon Software releases New Hard Disk Manager 15 Suite and Pro editions

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    New features include embedded Recovery Media Builder 3.0, file-level backup and restore for virtual containers, agentless protection of Hyper-V guest machines. Windows 10 users get a free update with the release of the new platform. We’re happy to announce the release of Paragon Hard Disk Manager (HDM) 15 Suite and Professional – complete, all-in-one data management [...]
  • Paragon Protect & Restore 3.5 for businesses of all sizes protects data and restore objectives in virtual and physical environments

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Unified, scalable protection solution for heterogeneous IT infrastructures now with enhanced performance, a new powerful deduplication mechanism, the most efficient Exchange database backup and recovery, protection of virtual machines hosted by Microsoft Hyper-V, Paragon’s proprietary patent-pending data processing techniques and more! Paragon Software Group releases  Paragon Protect & Restore 3.5 – an advanced backup and disaster [...]
 
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