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  • Stop Selling Storage

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    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…
  • WD acquires Skyera: whoa!

    StorageMojo
    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…
  • Webinar: How to improve XenDesktop performance with decoupled storage

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    12 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Join Nick Casagrande Director of IT, Southern Waste Systems and Andy Daniel, PernixData Solution Architect, on February 12th at 9:30 AM (PST), to learn how a decoupled architecture can reinvigorate your existing infrastructure. Click here to register now. Published by: Citrix Ready and PernixData
  • ONTAP 8.3 Update: QOS Commands, Consider Using Them Today

    Integrated Data Storage
    Brad Voogel
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    NetApp has included some very powerful troubleshooting commands with the 8.3 update which I’d like to bring to your attention: its QOS statistics and its subcommands. Prior to 8.3, we used the dashboard command to view statistics at the cluster node level. The problem with dashboard is that it’s reporting on cluster level statistics and ...
  • Nine Big Data Facts to Guide Your Technology Resolutions

    Integrated Data Storage
    IDS
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    We recently came across one of Gartner’s newest reports, “Major Myths About Big Data’s Impact on Information Infrastructure,” which explores nine big data myths. An abundance of marketplace hype and news about big data has caused a series of misconceptions surrounding the hot topic. To help straighten out the confusion, Gartner completed valuable research around nine ...
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  • z13 a Mainframe Designed for the 3rd Platform

    Hu Yoshida
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:12 pm
                  On January 13 IBM announced the new z13 Mainframe, that was promised to be the most powerful and secure system ever built. The press release made the following claims: First system able to process 2.5 billion transactions per day, built for mobile economy 
– Makes possible real-time encryption on all mobile transactions at scale 
– First mainframe system with embedded analytics providing real time transaction insights 17X faster than compared competitive systems at a fraction of the cost. This system is clearly focused on the…
  • Enter The Brave New World of Storage with HCP S10

    Hu Yoshida
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    One of the new features that was introduced in our January Hitachi Content Portfolio Announcement was an Innovative new storage system, the HCP S10, which is designed for the Brave New World of storage that is required for IoT (Internet of Things) where IT, Information Technology, and OT, Operational Technology, come together. The Brave New World Hitachi Content Platform S10 is a new type of storage system that is designed to support the explosion of data that is being driven by Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and the Internet of things. In order to support this new world, storage systems…
  • Extending the Reach of Mobile and Cloud in the Enterprise

    Hu Yoshida
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Most enterprises today, view mobility as a strategic initiative that will increase productivity and efficiency, enrich their business process and enable them to compete in a fast changing world. Mobility is closely tied to cloud. Mobility and cloud have replaced the old, rigid, client server paradigm and opened up a world of new possibilities. Wireless email, calendaring, and contact have become ubiquitous in most enterprises.  While these enterprise applications can be securely managed in a mobile environment, there are a number of other enterprise applications that could benefit from cloud…
  • HCP Raises the Bar for Object storage with Integrated Content Mobility Solutions

    Hu Yoshida
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today, Hitachi Data Systems is announcing major enhancements to our Hitachi Content platform that raises the bar for object storage. The graphic below shows the breadth and scope of the Hitachi Content Platform with the new enhancements that are highlighted in red. Remote Offices Hitachi Data Ingestor, HDI, which is a file-based gateway for file serving needs at remote/branch offices and on-ramping data to an HCP-based cloud, provides even greater elastic scalability of file storage by managing remote site and cloud storage quotas in a consistent manner from a single interface. This helps…
  • The Growth of Object Storage in 2014

    Hu Yoshida
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
    2014 was a year in which there was an increased focus on object storage. Our object storage platform, Hitachi Content Platform (HCP),is part of a tightly integrated  portfolio of HCP (object-based cloud storage), HCP Anywhere (enterprise file sync and share), and the Hitachi Data Ingestor (cloud file gateway). This portfolio saw a tremendous amount of growth as we made some major announcements around mobility and cloud connectivity with HCP. In this post I will summarize how the Object storage market was viewed at the beginning of the year with Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for…
 
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  • Help StorageMojo find the VMAX 20k’s lost petabytes!

    Robin Harris
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    While working on a client configuration for a VMAX 20k – and this may apply to the 40k as well, as I haven’t checked – I encountered something odd: The 20k supports up to 2400 3TB drives, according to the EMC 20k spec sheet. That should be a raw capacity of 7.2PB However, the same spec sheet appears to say that the maximum usable storage capacity – after taking care of formatting overhead, system needs, etc. is ≈2PB. Here’s the table from the spec sheet: Coming at it from other directions, it seems that since the 20k supports four 60 drive enclosures per rack,…
  • Facebook on disaggregation vs. hyperconvergence

    Robin Harris
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    Just when everyone agreed that scale-out infrastructure with commodity nodes of tightly-coupled CPU, memory and storage is the way to go, Facebook’s Jeff Qin, a capacity management engineer – in a talk at Storage Visions 2015 – offers an opposing vision: disaggregated racks. One rack for computes, another for memory and a third – and fourth – for storage. The rationale: applications need different amounts of each resource over time. Having thousands of similarly configured servers ignores this fact and leads to substantial – at FB scale – waste.
  • 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…
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  • Happy MLK Day!

    TonyPearson
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Today in the USA, we honor [Martin Luther King, Jr.] This year marks the 50th anniversary of the largest political demonstration to date in American history. Over 250,000 people went to Washington DC to hear Dr. King give his now famous "I have a dream" speech.
  • January 2015 Announcements: z13 System and DS8870

    TonyPearson
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Happy New Year everyone! Well it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements! (Update: I thought it was quite clever to announce the new z13 mainframe on January the 13th. A few [triskaidekaphobic] employees pointed out that certain [Greek and Spanish-speaking cultures] consider Tuesday the 13th to be an unlucky day. However, superstitious people should probably not work in IT, as it would be difficult for a worldwide company like IBM to avoid all the numbers that different cultures consider unlucky.) IBM will have a live streaming event on Jan 14, Redefining Digital…
  • 2014 Year in Review

    TonyPearson
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Well, it's the end of the year, so I thought a recap of year 2014 would be in order. The year started out with some January announcements, including the IBM FlashSystem 840. IBM is proud to be ranked #1 in All-Flash Arrays, and the IBM acquisition of Texas Memory System has caused all of the other competitors to scramble their own wanna-be offerings. IBM also announced it was going to sell off its System x division to Lenovo. In February, I wrapped up a project to build a Linux-based PC for a kindergarten class. IBM announced some exciting new things at Pulse 2014 conference, including…
  • System Storage Technical University Day 1 Keynote sessions

    TonyPearson
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    This week, I am in Dublin, Ireland for the [IBM System x, IBM PureSystems and System Storage Technical University] conference. (Note: While Lenovo has officially taken over the System x on October 1st back in the United States, China, and several other countries in Asia and the Americas, it has not yet happened in Europe. This is expected to happen this December. This results in some awkwardness during this period of transition.) Day 1 started off with some keynote sessions. Amy Purdy, IBM Director of Training Services, was the emcee. Gareth Tucker, Director of EMEA for Intel Gareth focused…
  • System Storage Technical University This week in Dublin Ireland

    TonyPearson
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    This week, I am in Dublin, Ireland for the [IBM System x, IBM PureSystems and System Storage Technical University] conference. Here are the sessions that I will be speaking at: Day Time Session Monday 14:30 IBM Smarter Storage Strategy Tuesday 16:15 Cloud Storage Options Wednesday 09:00 What is Big Data? Architectures and Practical use cases 10:30 New Generation of Storage Tiering: Less management, lower investment and increased performance 16:15 IBM Archive Storage Solutions - Data Retention for Government Compliance and Industry Regulations 17:45 Meet the Storage Experts Thursday 14:30 Data…
 
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  • Tape in 2015: Still a Comer

    Administrator
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    I recently read a blog at Storage Switzerland that got me a little aggravated.  Even more aggravating is the fact that my recent switchover from BlackBerry to a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 “phablet” left behind my link to the irritating piece.  I have been all over George’s site, he is the proprietor of Storage Switzerland, […]
  • Again with the Data Lifecycle Management

    Administrator
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    Okay, so I am being swept up a bit by the pro-French meme that has found its way into social media of late.  I prepared a slide deck a while back called Les Data Miserables that my sponsor asked me not to use during my last trip to Europe, so I have some art that is available for […]
  • z13 Virtual Machine Hosting: Still a Bit Cloudy

    Administrator
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    Okay, so I have been doing something of an excited jig around the new IBM System z mainframe, the z13.  I am impressed by how much performance, capacity and durability the IBMers have engineered into the rig.  And I am impressed by the economics we have been told to expect from the box.  Imagine standing […]
  • Still Loving Tape in 2015

    Administrator
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Regular readers of this blog know probably too well my long standing affection for tape technology.  I know.  I know.  Cloud (mostly disk-based) storage is getting pretty cheap as the price wars between the industrial farmers in the cloud — Google, AWS and Microsoft — continue to exert downward pressure.  That’s all good, until it […]
  • Live. From The Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. It’s the z13 Mainframe!

    Administrator
    17 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    I shot a bit of video of the internals of the z13 Mainframe when I attended the launch party that IBM convened at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.  Here is what can best be called a few beauty passes for all the gear heads out there. Note:  I couldn’t get anyone […]
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  • All-Flash Arrays – Call For Information

    Chris M Evans
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:49 am
    It’s just over 12 months since I posted this spreadsheet on all-flash array comparisons, based on previous work from Calvin Zito and Vaughn Stewart.  I posted an update here but this is now woefully out of date and so I’m rewriting the comparison matrix and hope to have a new version online in February.  I’ve ...
  • Latency Matters for (All-Flash) Storage Arrays

    Chris M Evans
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:22 am
    Yesterday NetApp announced the latest product in their interim EF-series all-flash array range, the EF560.  This new appliance claims to be faster and offer more performance than the previous model, as demonstrated by NetApp’s SPC-1 performance results and naturally the company seem quite pleased about it.  Although the EF560 isn’t the fastest platform available, it is ...
  • IBM Invented Everything in Tech

    Chris M Evans
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    I’m writing this blog post as a somewhat tongue-in-cheek response to various comments I’ve made over the years (and recently) about how IBM appears to have already created what’s new in tech, especially with reference to the mainframe.  I’ll re-emphasise the light hearted nature of this post as clearly IBM can’t actually have created everything, however they are ...
  • EMC, ScaleIO and The VMkernel

    Chris M Evans
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:29 am
    There’s been a bit of conversation recently on the intention of EMC to put drivers for their ScaleIO platform into the VMware ESXi hypervisor kernel.  The discussion was triggered by an article published in LeMagIT on 25 November 2014 by Christophe Bardy and subsequently picked up by The Register.  It implied that VMware and EMC were ...
  • Change Control in Cloud Services

    Chris M Evans
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:57 pm
    The post mortem summary on Microsoft’s most recent Azure outage is available and online here.  The content makes for interesting reading.  To summarise, the outage occurred as a result of an unanticipated code error but was exacerbated by the accelerated rollout made by an employee who hadn’t adequately assessed the risks of pushing the change ...
 
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  • ONTAP 8.3 Update: QOS Commands, Consider Using Them Today

    Brad Voogel
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    NetApp has included some very powerful troubleshooting commands with the 8.3 update which I’d like to bring to your attention: its QOS statistics and its subcommands. Prior to 8.3, we used the dashboard command to view statistics at the cluster node level. The problem with dashboard is that it’s reporting on cluster level statistics and ...
  • Nine Big Data Facts to Guide Your Technology Resolutions

    IDS
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    We recently came across one of Gartner’s newest reports, “Major Myths About Big Data’s Impact on Information Infrastructure,” which explores nine big data myths. An abundance of marketplace hype and news about big data has caused a series of misconceptions surrounding the hot topic. To help straighten out the confusion, Gartner completed valuable research around nine ...
  • 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, ...
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  • Work Folders for iOS – iPad App Release

    Fabian Uhse
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
      We are happy to announce that an iPad app for Work Folders has been released into the Apple AppStore® and is available as a free download. Overview Work Folders is a Windows Server feature that allows individual employees to access their files securely from inside and outside the corporate environment. This app connects to it and enables file access on an Apple iPad. Work Folders enables this while allowing the organization’s IT department to fully secure that data. This app for iPad features an intuitive UI, selective sync, end-to-end encryption and in-app file viewing.
  • Microsoft IFS PlugFest 27 - Calling Filter Driver Developers

    JoseBarreto
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:33 pm
    We are pleased to inform you that IFS Plugfest 27has been scheduled. Here are some preliminary event details:   When Monday, March 30th to Friday, April 3rd, 2015. The event begins at 9am and ends at 6pm each day, except for Friday when it ends at 3pm.   Where Building 37, rooms 1701-1717, Microsoft Campus, Redmond, Washington.   Audience ISVs (Independent Software Vendor) and developers writing file system filter drivers and/or network filter driver for Windows.    Cost Free– There is no cost for this event.   Goal Compatibility testing with Windows 10 and…
  • 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.
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  • Thinking Out Loud: Does Docker on Windows Matter?

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Nigel Poulton recently posted an article titled “ESXi vs. Hyper-V - Could Docker Support Be Significant,” in which he contemplates whether Microsoft’s announcement of Docker support on Windows will be a factor in the hypervisor battle between ESXi and Hyper-V. His post got me thinking—which is a good thing, I’d say—and I wanted to share my thoughts on the topic here. Naturally, it’s worth pointing out that I work for VMware, although I do work in a business unit that makes a multi-hypervisor product (NSX). Nigel makes a few key points in his article: Open source is “where…
  • Why Comments Aren't Available Yet

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    A number of readers have asked—via e-mail, of course, given the subject of this post—why comments aren’t available yet on the new site. I’d like to take a quick moment to explain the current situation. First and foremost, it’s not because I don’t want feedback from readers. I would love to continue to have the outstanding feedback from readers that I’ve had over the last 9 years of this site. It’s also not because it’s too much trouble (too much comment spam, too much time to moderate, etc.). It’s not because enabling comments is too difficult, either. If not these…
  • Using the Fork-and-Branch Git Workflow

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Now that I’ve provided you with an introduction to Git and a brief overview of using Git with GitHub, it’s time to build on that knowledge by taking a closer look at one workflow often used when collaborating with Git. The “fork and branch” workflow is a common way of collaborating on open source projects using Git and GitHub. In this post, I’m going to walk through this workflow (as I understand it—I’m constantly learning), with a focus toward helping those that are new to this sort of thing. If you’re new to Git and/or GitHub and haven’t yet read the earlier posts on Git…
  • Using Git with GitHub

    26 Jan 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Building on my earlier non-programmer’s introduction to Git, I wanted to talk a little bit about using Git with GitHub, a very popular service for hosting Git repositories. This post, in conjunction with the earlier introductory post on Git, will serve as the basis for a future post that talks about how to use Git and GitHub to collaborate with others on an open source project hosted on GitHub. If you aren’t familiar with Git and haven’t yet read the earlier introductory post, I strongly recommend reading that post first. Recall that Git is a distributed version control system (DVCS),…
  • Looking Ahead: My 2015 Projects

    16 Jan 2015 | 11:05 am
    In this post, I’m going to discuss some projects that I’ve set out for myself in the upcoming year. I’ve done this in years past, and the feedback that I’ve gotten from readers is that they found these posts to be quite helpful. I first started posting annual project lists in January 2012, when I posted a list of some projects for 2012. In January 2013, I graded myself on my progress (spoiler alert: I didn’t do very well), followed by a new 2013 project list in early February. The series of posts ends in January 2014 when I assessed my 2013 performance. Here’s what I’m seeing…
 
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  • The Emergence of the Economical, Massively Scalable Storage Array

    Jerome M. Wendt
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Enterprise storage arrays offer just about every bell and whistle that an organization can possibly want. Whether it is compression, deduplication, a mix of flash and disk, all-flash, connectivity to the cloud, multi-protocol support – you name it, an array out there probably has it. Yet in the midst of all this feature functionality and options on storage arrays, storage arrays have somewhat lost their way in one respect as many are failing to deliver on arguably one of their basic tenets: plentiful amounts of storage that is cheap, highly available and highly reliable. This explains the…
  • DCIG Updating the Private Cloud Storage Array Buyer’s Guide

    Ken Clipperton
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    DCIG is in the process of researching the Private Cloud Storage Array marketplace with the intention of publishing the DCIG 2015-16 Private Cloud Storage Array Buyers Guide in March/April 2015. This will be an update to the DCIG 2013 Private Cloud Storage Array Buyers Guide. Since the publication of 2013 edition, nearly every vendor has come out with new models and new vendors have arrived on the scene warranting a fresh snapshot of this dynamic marketplace. The post DCIG Updating the Private Cloud Storage Array Buyer’s Guide appeared first on DCIG.
  • A Modern Day Check List for Evaluating Today’s Flash Memory Storage Arrays

    Jerome M. Wendt
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    While enterprises still need to validate and test a flash storage array’s performance and stability, the time has arrived for them to expand their evaluation to ensure that the flash storage array offers the other capabilities that they will also need in their environment. Eight other flash storage array features that should now be part of their modern day flash memory storage array check list include: The post A Modern Day Check List for Evaluating Today’s Flash Memory Storage Arrays appeared first on DCIG.
  • A Glimpse into the Next Decade of Backup and Recovery; Interview with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett Roscoe, Part IX

    Jerome M. Wendt
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today backup and recovery looks almost nothing like it did 10 years ago. But as one looks at all of the changes still going on in backup and recovery, one can only guess what backup and recovery might look line in another 5-10 years. In this ninth and final installment of my interview series with Brett Roscoe, General Manager, Data Protection for Dell Software, he provides some insight into where he sees backup and recovery going over the next decade. The post A Glimpse into the Next Decade of Backup and Recovery; Interview with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett…
  • A Single Backup Solution for Today’s Multiple Backup and Recovery Challenges; Interview with Dell Software’s General Manager, Data Protection, Brett Roscoe Part VIII

    Jerome M. Wendt
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    One of the largest challenges facing enterprises today in respect to backup and recovery is successfully meeting all of the different backup and recovery requirements associated with each application. Physical backups, virtual backups, instant recoveries, application-specific backup requirements and much more make successfully executing upon a comprehensive backup and recovery strategy more difficult than ever before. In this eighth installment of my interview series with Brett Roscoe, General Manager, Data Protection for Dell Software, he shares how Dell has brought together its various data…
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  • Green and Virtual IT Data Center Primer

    Greg Schulz
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Green IT is about enabling efficient, effective and productive information services delivery. There is a growing green gap between green hype messaging or green washing and IT pain point issues including limits on availability or rising costs of power, cooling, floor-space as well as e-waste and environmental health and safety (PCFE). To close the gap will involve addressing green messaging and rhetoric closer to where IT organizations pain points are and where budget dollars exists that can address PCFE and other green related issues as a by-product.
  • Green and Virtual Data Center: Productive Economical Efficient Effective Flexible

    Greg Schulz
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Green hype and green washing may be on the endangered species list and going away, however, green IT for servers, storage, networks, facilities as well as related software and management techniques that address energy efficiency including power and cooling along with e-waste, environmental health and safety related issues are topics that wont be going away anytime soon.
  • Green and Virtual Data Center Links

    Greg Schulz
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Green and Virtual IT Data Center Links Moving beyond Green Hype and Green washing Green hype and green washing may be on the endangered species list and going away, however, green IT for servers, storage, networks, facilities as well as related software and management techniques that address energy efficiency including power and cooling along with […]
  • January 2015 Server StorageIO Industry Trends Newsletter

    Greg Schulz
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    Hello and welcome to this January 2015 Server and StorageIO update newsletter. Its 2015 and the new year is off and running picking up where 2014 left off. January is typically a relatively quiet month when it comes to technology announcements and other industry activity. However January is also time where there is a lot going on behind the scenes. This means that there are many things to watch for in the coming months, weeks or perhaps even days.
  • Server storage I/O Intel NUC nick knack notes – First impressions

    Greg Schulz
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
    The NUC has been around new for a few years and continues to evolve and recently I bought my first one (e.g. a 4th generation model) to join some other servers that I have. My reason for getting a NUC is to use it as a simple low-power platform to run different software on including bare-metal OS, hypervisors, cloud, virtual and software defined server storage and networking applications on that might otherwise be on an old laptop or mini-tower.
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  • NexGen Storage is Back!

    Stephen
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    When NexGen Storage was acquired by Fusion-io, industry analysts scratched their heads and tried to figure out why the PCIe flash darling wanted them. But when flash maker SanDisk acquired Fusion-io, most assumed that was the end of ioControl (neé NexGen). Then something odd happened last week: SanDisk announced a spin-out of the surviving, thriving NexGen Storage. John Spiers and company somehow landed on their feet again! NexGen Storage announced their acquisition by Fusion-io at Storage Field Day 3 on April 24, 2013 LeftHand to NexGen to Fusion-io to SanDisk The so-called hybrid…
  • 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 Prime Directive of Storage: Do Not Lose Data

    Stephen
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    People call on storage devices and systems to do lots of things, from accelerating I/O to copying and sharing data. But at the heart of it all, storage arrays really have just one job: Do not lose data! That’s right. Storage really only needs to store data. Nothing fancy; nothing exotic. I give you data, you give it back. Everything else you can do for me is gravy. That’s why I’m always amazed when I hear about new storage arrays that do exotic things. You have to start with the basics before you can get crazy with my data. How are you going to guarantee you don’t lose…
  • EMC XtremIO Upgrade is Non-Disruptive to Customers

    Stephen
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    EMC’s XtremIO is crapping on the badge; it’s an immature ball of destruction that shows how much architecture matters. Or so my favorite storage bloggers say. But customers and resellers seem to have a different take on the destructive XtremIO 3.0 update: They don’t care. Not at all. Bloggers are apoplectic about EMC’s destructive upgrade process for XtremIO but customers don’t seem to care. Although the numbers haven’t been released officially, I’m hearing very, very strong sales for XtremIO both before and after the hubbub about the XIOS 3.0…
  • A Fairy Tale of Two Storage Protocols

    Stephen
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    This is a tale of two great kingdoms in Seattle… Once Upon A Time… Once upon a time, a happy little storage protocol was born. She was loved by her father, Microsoft, and he asked her to work throughout their small kingdom, delivering packages from the castle to clients all around. Sometimes she would be given other odd jobs, like authenticating a visitor, but mostly she delivered files in the kingdom of LAN. Then one day Microsoft decided that his protocol had grown up and should go see the wider world. He named her CIFS and told her to travel across the Internet and visit other…
 
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  • Happy New Year

    Martin Glassborow
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:42 am
    Or is it April already, I really cannot tell from this post… So I am going to kickstart a new product; AudioNAS – sounds expensive because it is! There are very many complaints and issues that I have dealt with when dealing with the creative types that are my user-base but never have they complained that one storage system sounds better than the other storage system. They have never asked for better quality HDMI cables, better quality USB or even better quality Ethernet cables because their current ones just don’t render their work sufficiently well. But perhaps there is a…
  • 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…
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  • 5 Essential Restore Capabilities for Google Apps Backup

    29 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    If you lose data in Google Apps, how quickly can you get it back? Many administrators are surprised to find it's harder than they think. In this free white paper, you'll learn:The difference between restore and recoveryThe benefits of rapid, easy-to-use data restoration in Google AppsWhat to look for in a backup solutionData loss happens, even in cloud applications like Google Apps. Learn how to always be prepared for it so you can keep your business on track.Request Free!
  • The Essentials of Virtualization - Free Kit

    29 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    The Essentials of Virtualization, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Virtualization related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Virtualization research:Request Free!
  • Close the Window on Three Window Server Threat Scenarios

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Companies and government agencies are looking for solutions to mitigate the risks these threats present. This white paper details three common Windows Server threat scenarios and explains the way that they can be neutralized. By following the guidelines in this white paper, organizations can guard against inside and outside threats, protect their Windows Server infrastructure and sensitive data, and meet relevant regulatory requirements.Centrify Server Suite provides organizations with the control they need to thwart these threats. It protects their Windows Server environments by:Granting…
  • Why Large Organizations Need a Unified Approach to Identity and Access Management (IAM)

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Problems associated with IAM will continue to get worse without decisive action. This is especially true with regards to security as CISOs try to get their arms around an army of new users, devices, and cloud-based applications.So what's needed? Large organizations must build an integrated IAM architecture that consolidates disparate IAM into common tools, processes, and oversight. This type of integrated IAM architecture will help enterprise better address IT risk, streamline IT operations, and put themselves in a better position to help enable the business with identity-centric access…
  • IBM Enhances Workload Automation for Cloud

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Specifically, clients are looking to simplify and automate workloads and take advantage of cloud opportunities. These changes and the cloud environment can be complex, but IBM Workload Automation solutions provide a simplified approach for dealing with complex use cases.Request Free!
 
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  • Recommendations For All-Flash Storage Arrays [Updated]; Aiming Beyond Simply IOPS and Low Latency

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:45 pm
    [Updated: I’ve added a new recommendation and some new comments on the flash storage landscape. A lot has happened in the past year in the flash storage market. I think most flash storage array companies or the flash storage business units within large storage companies should be growing at least between 10% to 20%. The market is sufficiently hot that it has attacted a lot of customers and a fiercely competitive crowd of flash storage array companies.  Today’s post is about what I would recommend if a friend asked me what flash storage array I would recommend.  In the past I…
  • Recommended Reading : Reference Architecture for Oracle on Cisco UCS Server and Tegile

    admin
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    There is a nice reference architecture white paper which provides a lot of details into setting up an architecture that supports Oracle Database deployment and operational details on infrastructure consisting of Cisco UCS servers and Tegile Hybrid Arrays. Select the item below to see it. In addition, there are a number of new flash arrays – the following brief discusses Oracle and these new arrays :  
  • Tegile Hybrid Array Modernizes Storage at BYU Hawaii; 25-40X Improvement in Throughput

    admin
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:56 am
    I spent some time looking at more Tegile information and it is worthwhile to look at one of their most recent end-user write-ups that involve BYU Hawaii. It is interesting to see what the reaction is to a hybrid (HDD+Flash) array at a university that often have many fairly demanding applications with a number of apps and workloads happening at roughly the same time.  What I like is that this is a nice account of who is the user, what they are doing and what the results where. It is not a white paper but a good account of an end-user’s experience. Though my focus has been on hybrid…
  • The Intersection of Marketing and Fiction : Postcards from a Make-Believe Land

    admin
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:38 am
    [ A short editorial.  Happening more and more,  we all are seeing remarkable works of fiction these days but seldom stop to appreciate them. It’s good to be able to appreciate these works of fiction so you can avoid the companies that create them. ] It is hard to beat the Russian absurdist author, Daniil Kharms, he spent a lot of energy creating anti-stories. Many are simply absurd but one in particular strikes me as particularly relevant these days, it is The Tale of the Red-Haired Man. It is an anti-story that resonates with some of the marketing coming out of some companies.
  • Recommended Viewing : Tegile’s Intelliflash Architecture and Flash Arrays

    admin
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    I mentioned Tegile as a relatively and excellent new player in the all-flash array market.  They have been producing hybrid arrays (a combination of flash and HDDs) and have recently released all-flash arrays. Again, avoiding the mistakes of past flash array companies they have offered an extremely well-thought out architecture. They include the usual suspects of data reductions and protocols that enterprise require. Narayan provides a nice overview of Tegile’s products and features.   This is an excellent and detailed overview of their Intelliflash architecture.     Go…
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