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  • Discussing 2015 Trends with George Crump and Greg Knieriemen

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    Hu Yoshida
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:23 pm
    December 10 I had a webcast discussing IT trends for 2015 with George Crump of Storage Switzerland  and Greg Knieriermen Technology Evangelist for HDS who is known outside of HDS for his podcasts “Speaking in Tech’ which is distributed by the Register This discussion was based on the four posts I published on the IT trends that I see for 2015. George and Greg were pretty much in agreement with the trends that I identified: Business Defined IT Accelerated Adoption of Converged and Hyper Converged Platforms Management Automation Software Defined Global Virtualization Greater Focus…
  • Friday hike blogging: Highline trail

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    Robin Harris
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Hike blogging got interrupted by some schedule conflicts and bad weather. Federal district court jury duty was one interruption. Some needed rain and cold temperatures was another. To make up for the lapse, here are two pictures from this week’s hike around Cathedral Rock. Winter is one of my favorite seasons because of the clouds and, sometimes, fog on the rocks. Here’s a shot from early in the hike, looking east to the Mogollon Rim: [click to enlarge] As the 4+ hour hike progressed, the weather improved. This view of Cathedral Rock is looking northwest from the Highline trail in…
  • Happy Thanksgiving to Our Loyal Readers

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    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 […]
  • HP Discover Review: The Machine

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    Chris M Evans
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    This is one of a series of posts covering technology announced or discussed at HP Discover 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Disclaimer:  I was personally invited to attend HP Discover, with HP covering my travel and accommodation costs.  However I was not compensated for my time.  I am not required to blog on any content; blog ...
  • Developing Successful Technology Roadmaps for Your Organization

    Integrated Data Storage
    Humayun Khan
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is the second of a two-part series on Technology Roadmaps. Previously we explained “The Concepts behind a Technology Roadmap,” and here we explain how to develop one.  Technology roadmaps begin with a “handshake” between IT and the business. Knowing future business plans allows IT to determine the focus area(s). As businesses evolve and new ...
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  • Discussing 2015 Trends with George Crump and Greg Knieriemen

    Hu Yoshida
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:23 pm
    December 10 I had a webcast discussing IT trends for 2015 with George Crump of Storage Switzerland  and Greg Knieriermen Technology Evangelist for HDS who is known outside of HDS for his podcasts “Speaking in Tech’ which is distributed by the Register This discussion was based on the four posts I published on the IT trends that I see for 2015. George and Greg were pretty much in agreement with the trends that I identified: Business Defined IT Accelerated Adoption of Converged and Hyper Converged Platforms Management Automation Software Defined Global Virtualization Greater Focus…
  • 2015 Trends: Big Data, Internet of Things, Data Lakes, and Hybrid Cloud

    Hu Yoshida
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:19 pm
    This post is the next to last post in my blog series on top trends for 2015. I will follow up with my final post after the webcast with George Crump of Storage Switzerland on December 10. These three trends cover Big Data and IoT, Data Lakes, and the growing use of Hybrid Cloud. trends that  support Business Defined IT 8. Big Data And Internet of Things IDC has predicted that big data will grow at a 27% CAGR to $32.4 B through 2017 about 6 times the growth rate of the overall information and communication technology market. Other analyst like Wikibon, are even more bullish, predicting…
  • 2015 Trends: Continuous Infrastructure

    Hu Yoshida
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    This post is a continuation of my blog series on top trends for 2015. These three trends under continuous infrastructure that support Business Defined IT 5. Global Virtualization adds a new dimension to storage virtualization Storage virtualization has been vertically oriented up to now, where a storage virtualization engine is able to virtualize other storage systems that are attached behind it. Global virtualization will extend virtualization horizontally across multiple storage systems, which can be separated by campus or metro distances for block and global distances for file and content…
  • 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…
 
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  • Friday hike blogging: Highline trail

    Robin Harris
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Hike blogging got interrupted by some schedule conflicts and bad weather. Federal district court jury duty was one interruption. Some needed rain and cold temperatures was another. To make up for the lapse, here are two pictures from this week’s hike around Cathedral Rock. Winter is one of my favorite seasons because of the clouds and, sometimes, fog on the rocks. Here’s a shot from early in the hike, looking east to the Mogollon Rim: [click to enlarge] As the 4+ hour hike progressed, the weather improved. This view of Cathedral Rock is looking northwest from the Highline trail in…
  • WD acquires Skyera: whoa!

    Robin Harris
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:43 pm
    The Skyera acquisition could signal a sea change in the relationship between storage device and system makers. It is overdue. Traditionally, device makers avoided competing with their customers. This is what it made Seagate’s acquisition of Xiotech (now X-IO years ago so surprising. StorageMojo was critical of Seagate’s Xiotech acquisition because there were large and profitable intermediate steps that Seagate could’ve taken – which they belatedly have – rather than diving into the array business. Ultimately Xiotech didn’t work out for Seagate. Are things…
  • The 30% solution

    Robin Harris
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    The existential battle facing legacy storage vendors is about business models, not technology or features. Market forces – cloud providers and SMBs – are trying to turn a high margin business into a much lower margin business. We have already seen this happen with the servers. Many large minicomputer companies enjoyed 60 to 70% gross margins for years. But then the PC – the new minicomputer – came along with much lower gross margins and much higher volumes. As CPUs, networks and software improved, the PC evolved into the server business we have today. In the process, many…
  • 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…
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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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  • HP Discover Review: The Machine

    Chris M Evans
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:18 am
    This is one of a series of posts covering technology announced or discussed at HP Discover 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. Disclaimer:  I was personally invited to attend HP Discover, with HP covering my travel and accommodation costs.  However I was not compensated for my time.  I am not required to blog on any content; blog ...
  • Is Basic Security Really That Hard, Sony?

    Chris M Evans
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    In something that feels like the 1980′s, Gizmodo has published an article showing that Sony used spreadsheets to track their system passwords. Worse than that, the spreadsheets and folders clearly contained the word “password” within them.  According to this article on The Register, Sony’s security team numbered only 11 people and the company had been ...
  • Understanding IDC’s Flash Sales Figures

    Chris M Evans
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    IDC recently produced a report showing the sales and shipment of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays.  The report shows EMC as top dog and not surprisingly, EMC have provided a free downloadable excerpt, available here.  I always like to dig into numbers into a little more detail as you can start to uncover interesting trends ...
  • NetApp Integrated EVO: RAIL – A Triumph of Marketing Over Common Sense

    Chris M Evans
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    I suspect I wasn’t the only one last week who was scratching his head at the latest idea from NetApp which sees them offering a VMware EVO: RAIL solution that incorporates Data ONTAP filer technology.  In case that last statement is unclear to you, yes, NetApp are suggesting that EVO: RAIL, the solution that uses ...
  • HDS & 3PAR Top In Gartner’s General Purpose High End Arrays

    Chris M Evans
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:35 am
    It’s HP Discover week in Barcelona and so an appropriate time to talk about Gartner’s recent Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, High-End Storage Arrays report.  Chris Mellor covered the details in a recent article, which included a chart of the top players.  Hitachi (through both the HDS and HP models) comes out top with their VSP ...
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  • Developing Successful Technology Roadmaps for Your Organization

    Humayun Khan
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is the second of a two-part series on Technology Roadmaps. Previously we explained “The Concepts behind a Technology Roadmap,” and here we explain how to develop one.  Technology roadmaps begin with a “handshake” between IT and the business. Knowing future business plans allows IT to determine the focus area(s). As businesses evolve and new ...
  • Five Signs It’s Time to Invest in Your Data Center

    IDS
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    In an industry where technology development and advancement moves incredibly fast, even top CIOs may feel like it’s impossible to keep up. While they may feel like their organization is falling behind, how do they determine whether they really are? What counts as “up to date” in our constantly evolving IT landscape, and is that ...
  • IDS Hosts Holiday Toy Drive in Support of Ronald McDonald House Charities

    IDS
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    Each year we like to take the time to celebrate our customers and partners with an annual IDS Holiday Party. It’s a time for us to spend some quality time together, and say thanks for a great year. As the year goes by it can be incredibly easy to forget how fortunate we all are, ...
  • Choosing the Right Enterprise Mobile Device Management Solution

    Chris Sawicki
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    Recently there’s been a lot of buzz in the technology marketplace about Mobile Device Management, or MDM. It is certainly one of the new trendsetters and hot topics within Information Technology management. MDM has become even more relevant with the heavy adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models by many organizations. With all the ...
  • IDS Cloud Update: Zerto Technology Review

    Paul Just
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    At IDS we are continuously evaluating the effectiveness of new products and partners to protect the integrity of our IDS Cloud Services. We built the IDS Cloud to deliver public, private and hybrid Cloud Solutions that facilitate increased efficiency within IT operations. As we evaluate the continually changing technology landscape, we always have our customers ...
 
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  • U.S. Government Funding Bill Delays IANA Transition

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

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

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

    slowe
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:53 am
    You might have noticed that blog content has been a bit sparse over the last few weeks. The reason I haven’t generated any new content is because all my spare time is taken up with preparing to migrate this site to a new hosting platform. Sometime over the holiday season, I’ll be migrating this site from a hosted WordPress installation to Jekyll running on GitHub Pages. Given that I have 9 years of content (over 1,600 blog posts), this is a pretty fair amount of work. Most of the “structural” work on the new site is already complete; you can get a preview of the site…
  • 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…
 
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  • Introducing the DCIG Analysis Portal and RFI/RFP Survey System: Helping to Ask and Answer the Tough Technology Questions that Every Organization Has

    Jerome M. Wendt
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The DCIG Analysis Portal and RFI/RFP Survey System fundamentally change existing technology buying processes as it provides a comprehensive, online analysis tool that helps any organization formalize product reviews and justify their final recommendation. Using this tool, any organization can thoroughly assess and understand any technology. By better documenting and explaining their buying recommendation, they can remove the uncertainty and doubt that often accompanies technology acquisitions. The post Introducing the DCIG Analysis Portal and RFI/RFP Survey System: Helping to Ask and Answer…
  • DCIG 2015-16 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

    Chuck Cook
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    DCIG is pleased to announce the December 17 release of the DCIG 2015-16 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks more than 95 features of thirty-three (33) different storage arrays or array series from sixteen (16) different storage providers. The post DCIG 2015-16 Enterprise Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available appeared first on DCIG.
  • Software Fueling Dell’s Transformation to Solutions Provider; Interview with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett Roscoe, Part VI

    Jerome M. Wendt
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Think “Dell” and you may think “PCs,” “servers,” or, even more broadly, “computer hardware.” If so, you are missing out on one of the biggest transformations going on among technology providers today as, over the last 5+ years, Dell has acquired multiple software companies and is using that intellectual property (IP) to drive its internal turnaround. In this sixth installment of my interview series with Brett Roscoe, General Manager, Data Protection for Dell Software, we discuss how these software acquisitions are fueling Dell’s transformation from a hardware provider into…
  • The Persisting Enterprise Reticence to Adopt Flash

    Jerome M. Wendt
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    Flash is by all estimates the future of enterprise production storage with most enterprises anticipating a day in the not too distant future where they will use flash storage arrays (all-flash or hybrid) much more broadly within their data center. Yet despite flash's many benefits (higher levels of performance, smaller data center footprint and reduced energy consumption among others,) many enterprises still only use flash in a limited capacity if they use it at all. Today I take a look at some of the factors that still contribute to an enterprise reticence to adopt flash more broadly. The…
  • Answering The Question of Whether One Backup Product Can Do It All; Interview with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett Roscoe Part V

    Jerome M. Wendt
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Data protection has evolved well beyond the point where one can backup and recover data doing once a day backups. Continuous data protection, array-based snapshots, asynchronous replication, high availability, disaster recovery, backup and recovery in the cloud and long term backup retention are now all part of managing backup. However, the real question becomes, “Can one product even manage all of these different facets of backup and recovery? Or should a backup solution even try to accomplish this feat?” In this fifth installment of my interview series with Brett Roscoe, General…
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  • DIY converged server software defined storage on a budget using Lenovo TS140

    Greg Schulz
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Do you need or want to do a Do It Yourself (DIY) build of a small server compute cluster, or a software defined storage cluster (e.g. scale-out), or perhaps a converged storage for VMware VSAN, Microsoft SOFS or something else? Do you need a new server, second or third server, or expand a cluster, create a lab or similar and want the ability to tailor your system without shopping or a motherboard, enclosure, power supply and so forth? Are you a virtualization or software defined person looking to create a small VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) needing three or more servers to build a proof of…
  • December 2014 Server StorageIO Newsletter

    Greg Schulz
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Hello and welcome to this December Server and StorageIO update newsletter.
  • Server Storage I/O Cables Connectors Chargers & other Geek Gifts

    Greg Schulz
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:59 pm
    It is that time of the year when annual predictions are made for the upcoming year, including those that will be repeated next year or that were also made last year. Then there are the gift lists or trying to figure out what to get that difficult to shop for person particular geek’s who may have everything, or want the latest and greatest that others have, or something their peers don’t have yet. So here are some things for the geek or may have everything or is up on having the latest and greatest, yet forgot or didn’t know about some of these things.
  • Part II 2014 Server Storage I/O Geek Gift ideas

    Greg Schulz
    14 Dec 2014 | 6:58 pm
    It is that time of the year when annual predictions are made for the upcoming year, including those that will be repeated next year or that were also made last year. Then there are the gift lists or trying to figure out what to get that difficult to shop for person particular geek’s who may have everything, or want the latest and greatest that others have, or something their peers don’t have yet. So here are some things for the geek or may have everything or is up on having the latest and greatest, yet forgot or didn’t know about some of these things.
  • Data Storage Tape Update V2014, Its Still Alive

    Greg Schulz
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Despite being declared dead for decades, and will probably stay being declared dead for years to come, magnetic tape is in fact still alive being used by some organizations, granted its role is changing while the technology still evolves.
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  • Why Big Disk Drives Require Data Integrity Checking

    Stephen
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Hard disk drives keep getting bigger, meaning capacity just keeps getting cheaper. But storage capacity is like money: The more you have, the more you use. And this growth in capacity means that data is at risk from a very old nemesis: Unrecoverable Read Errors (URE). You might think RAID is for data protection, but it does nothing of the sort! Let’s get one thing out of the way from the start: The only thing protecting your data from corruption is some simple error checking on the disk drive itself and anything built into the software stack on your array or server. RAID…
  • The Rack Endgame: Open Compute Project

    Stephen
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    On reading my thoughts about the evolution of enterprise storage, culminating in what I called “The Rack Endgame” where a rack of storage, networking, and compute becomes a the basic entity of the datacenter, many pointed out that this looks an awful lot like the Facebook-led Open Compute Project (OCP). This is entirely intentional. But OCP is simply one expression of this new architecture, and perhaps not the best one for the enterprise. The Open Compute Project has developed a standard for “Endgame” rack infrastructure Hyperscale Versus Enterprise Years ago, companies like…
  • Cisco’s Trojan Horse

    Stephen
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Industry watchers like me have long wondered when Cisco will transform itself into a full-line IT infrastructure vendor. This strategy was tipped in 2009 as Cisco barged into the server market with UCS. But one leg of the stool is still missing: Storage remains the province of Cisco partners like EMC and NetApp. The Rack Endgame I recently wrote about “The Rack Endgame”, a serious challenge to the enterprise storage status quo in which the current datacenter architecture with centralized networked storage arrays is blown apart by virtualization and distributed storage. It’s worthwhile…
  • The Rack Endgame: A New Storage Architecture For the Data Center

    Stephen
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Although today’s enterprise storage arrays target “the fat middle” of the market, virtualized and distributed storage change everything. What form does enterprise storage take in the new data center? Think top-of-rack flash, bottom-of-rack capacity, and a whole world of new interconnects! Here’s the Rack Endgame series: The Fat Middle: Today’s Enterprise Storage Array Virtualized and Distributed Storage: This Time For Sure! The Rack Endgame: A New Storage Architecture For the Data Center Two Kinds of Storage Enterprise storage has two jobs to do: Long-term capacity…
  • Virtualized and Distributed Storage: This Time For Sure!

    Stephen
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’ve posted before about the spot where most successful enterprise storage arrays sit: The “fat middle” between performance and capacity. But software is driving a wedge into the SAN, and I see radical architectural change on the horizon. There are so many storage virtualization technologies sneaking into server architecture that it’s impossible to think one won’t take hold. And virtualized storage doesn’t want a “fat middle” array! The principles of data physics suggest that data should be located closer to compute Here’s the Rack…
 
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  • Another Year In Bits…

    Martin Glassborow
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:01 am
    So as another year draws to a close, it appears that everything in the storage industry is still pretty much as it was. There have been no really seismic shifts in the industry yet. Perhaps next year? The Flash start-ups still continue to make plenty of noise and fizz about their products and growth. Lots of promises about performance and consolidation opportunities, however the focus on performance is throwing up some interesting stuff. It turns out that when you start to measure performance properly; you begin to find that in many cases that the assumed IOP requirements for many workloads…
  • 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…
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  • Securing Business Information in the Cloud

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Give employees the ability to securely share documents within your organization or with partners or clinicians outside while being HIPAA compliant.Request Free!
  • Linux For Dummies, 9th Edition - eBook (usually $22.99) FREE until 12/23!

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Written in easy-to-follow, everyday terms, Linux For Dummies 9th Edition gets you started by concentrating on two distributions of Linux that beginners love: the Ubuntu LiveCD distribution and the gOS Linux distribution, which comes pre-installed on Everex computers. The book also covers the full Fedora distribution.Linux is an open-source operating system and a low-cost or free alternative to Microsoft Windows; of numerous distributions of Linux, this book covers Ubuntu Linux, Fedora Core Linux, and gOS Linux, and includes them on the DVD.Install new open source software via Synaptic or RPM…
  • How TCO Benefits Make Cloud Computing a No-Brainer for Many SMBs and Mid-Market Enterprises

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Cloud computing eliminates the need for individual companies to buy, deploy and maintain IT infrastructure or application software. In the cloud computing model (also known as software-as-a-service, or SaaS), the vendor takes responsibility for deploying and managing the infrastructure (servers, operating system software, databases, data center space, network access, power and cooling, etc.) and processes (infrastructure patches/upgrades, application patches/upgrades, backups, etc.) required to run and manage the full solution. Because cloud vendors manage all of their customers on a single…
  • 9 Lethal Linux Commands You Should Never Run

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Linux can be a double-edged sword. It assumes that you know what you’re doing and gives you the freedom to do whatever you want. It won’t question you. This is convenient when you actually know what you’re doing, but it also means that you could conceivably render your system unusable within seconds.Whether you’re a Linux newbie or veteran, you should never run a command unless you know exactly what it does. Here are some of the deadliest Linux commands that you’ll, for the most part, want to avoid.Request Free!
  • Application Virtualization: A CIO's Secret Weapon

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Complex migrations and conflicts between applications are just two of the issues that make workstation management so difficult. Application virtualization can ease or eliminate these and other problems. In this paper, Best Practices International explains the benefits of application virtualization in detail and describes how to select a quality solution. Also covered in this white paper: The major challenges of virtualization Different approaches to virtualization Advantages of virtualizationRequest Free!
 
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  • A special Christmas bundle from Paragon is packed with the new product releases!

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:22 am
    A package deal of both tools for the price of one available until December 30th, 2014! The company is happy to announce the release of Paragon Disk Wiper 15 Professional – for the most secure data protection on hard drives and SSDs – and Paragon Backup & Recovery 15 Home – an easy-to-use data and PC system backup [...]
  • Paragon Software extends alliance with Lanix to provide backup and recovery technology for popular PC and notebook offerings

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:21 am
    Agreement Boosts Data Protection for Manufacturer’s Key Product Lines Serving Mexico and Central and South American Markets Paragon Software is happy to announce a new technology alliance with Lanix, a multi-national system manufacturer headquartered in Mexico. The new agreement builds upon their existing partnership and calls for Lanix to license Paragon Backup & Recovery software for use in [...]
  • Unbeatable Black Friday deal from Paragon Software

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    Make use of 20YEARS/20MINUTES/$20 deal! Still celebrating “20 years Paragon” we are happy to announce Black Friday deal with 80% off on the most popular essential, all-in-one data management solution for Windows PC users working in physical or virtual environments, Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Professional. The software tool will be available at only 20$ starting November 28, 2014, [...]
  • 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 [...]
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