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  • Will the All Flash Array Market Go Away? – Response

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    Hu Yoshida
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    As a response to my recent post, George Crump provided a differing perspective in his blog site, storageswiss.com.  George is a highly regarded blogger and analyst whom I respect and share many of the same points of view regarding the IT industry.  However, we don’t always agree, or sometimes we take a different perspective and discussion is valuable to furthering knowledge in the industry.  George disagreed with my prediction  that the “AFA (All Flash Array) market will be displaced by Hybrid arrays that provide all the benefits of Flash performance integrated into an enterprise…
  • Friday hike blogging

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    Robin Harris
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Looking northwest from Hangover Trail on Wednesday. Hangover is a new trail that I’d never been on before. An incredible hike. I’m going to limit hike blogging to Fridays. But next week I’ll be at the Flash Memory Summit and won’t be hiking – at least not at home.
  • IBM Announces TDMF v5 and zDMF v3

    Inside System Storage -- by Tony Pearson
    TonyPearson
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Well, it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements! Back in 2007, my blog post [Double Happy Wedding] compared IBM's acquisition for a company that produced data migration software to the practice in Japan of waiting until the bride is five to seven months pregnant to have a wedding. In USA, these are called "shotgun" weddings. I was in Japan when I wrote that, and the company IBM acquired was Japanese, so the comparison stuck. Today, IBM announces the latest versions Transparent Data Migration Facility z/OS v5 [TDMF] and z/OS Dataset Migration Facility v3 [zDMF]…
  • Finally, A Sensible Statement About Clouds

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    Administrator
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    And from an unexpected source.  A recent comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, Sex Tape, builds a comedic misadventure on the inadvertent upload to a cloud service of a explicit digital video recording made by a middle aged couple seeking to spice up their love life.  After uploading, the husband discovers that he can’t […]
  • EMC Focuses on Services with VMAX3

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    Chris M Evans
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:25 am
    Last week EMC announced an upgrade to their flagship Symmetrix high-end enterprise storage platform and the release of VMAX3.  With a maximum capacity of 384 cores and 5760 drives, the new platform scales to capacities never before seen in a single storage array.  What’s possibly more interesting though, is EMC’s intentions with what’s being called ...
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  • Will the All Flash Array Market Go Away? – Response

    Hu Yoshida
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    As a response to my recent post, George Crump provided a differing perspective in his blog site, storageswiss.com.  George is a highly regarded blogger and analyst whom I respect and share many of the same points of view regarding the IT industry.  However, we don’t always agree, or sometimes we take a different perspective and discussion is valuable to furthering knowledge in the industry.  George disagreed with my prediction  that the “AFA (All Flash Array) market will be displaced by Hybrid arrays that provide all the benefits of Flash performance integrated into an enterprise…
  • Popular Storage Trends That Will Go Away: AFA and EFSS

    Hu Yoshida
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    In this competitive IT market we are constantly looking for new technologies. Venture capitalists make their fortunes on discovering and promoting new technologies before they cash out and go on to the next big thing. It is tempting to jump on every new promotion to be on the cutting edge. However, many of these technologies may fail or have a very short life span before they are replaced by newer or more comprehensive technology solutions. Unfortunately when this happens with storage, we are often left with the legacy of stranded storage, with tons of data that must be migrated to be usable…
  • Shirt Sizes are not the Way to Buy IT Infrastructure

    Hu Yoshida
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Last week we had an internal meeting in Santa Clara with representatives from all the geographies in Hitachi Data Systems. Since last week was also the finals for the World Cup in Football, we all received football shirts emblazoned with the words “One Hitachi”. As you can imagine, with an international audience, one size does not fit all. Prior to the meeting we all had to submit our shirt sizes, S, M, L, or XL. But even then, a size M in the US or UK is not the same as a size M in Japan or Hong Kong. Luckily we had enough of an assortment of sizes that we could swap around to find the…
  • Forrester and Gartner Evaluate Hitachi’s Unified Compute Platform

    Hu Yoshida
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Gartner published their Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems in June 2014. This is the first Integrated Systems report, which Gartner defines as “combinations of server, storage, and network infrastructure sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of the combined unit.” Based on this definition, Hitachi Data Systems’ Unified Compute Platform was evaluated and included in this Magic Quadrant report. We believe HDS should be a clear leader given that our management software is not only “sold with” but also is orchestrated by the UCP Director for…
  • Technology without Social Innovation and Globalization will not Advance Civilization

    Hu Yoshida
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:25 am
    Ray Kurzweil, an American author, scientist, inventor, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google was quoted in Time Magazine in March 2012 saying: “A kid in Africa with a smart phone has access to more information than the president of the U.S. 15 years ago.” This is a powerful statement about the power of technology. However, that child in Africa will not be able to benefit from that wealth of information like a child in Silicon Valley. The reason for this is that the social infrastructure is not there to support that child in Africa as it is in Silicon Valley. Technology without…
 
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  • Friday hike blogging

    Robin Harris
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Looking northwest from Hangover Trail on Wednesday. Hangover is a new trail that I’d never been on before. An incredible hike. I’m going to limit hike blogging to Fridays. But next week I’ll be at the Flash Memory Summit and won’t be hiking – at least not at home.
  • High performance SSDs: hot, hungry & sometimes slow

    Robin Harris
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Anyone looking at how flash SSDs have revolutionized power constrained mobile computing could be forgiven for thinking that all SSDs are power-efficient. But they’re not. In a recent Usenix HotStorage ’14 paper Power, Energy and Thermal Considerations in SSD-Based I/O Acceleration researchers Jie Zhang, Mustafa Shihab and Myoungsoo Jung of UT Dallas examine what they call “many-resource” SSDs, those with multiple channels, cores and flash chips. Their SSD taxonomy divides SSDs in terms of interfaces, cores, channels, flash chips and DRAM size. There’s no one…
  • Performance: IOPS or latency or data services?

    Robin Harris
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    Unpacking the data services vs performance metric debate. Why we should stop the IOPS wars and focus on latency. IOPS is not that important for most data centers today because flash arrays are so much faster than the storage they replace. That’s why the first post was titled IOPS is not the key number. The point of that post was that in the context of all flash arrays the greater benefit comes from lower latency, not more IOPS. Everyone agrees more IOPS aren’t much use once the needed threshold value is crossed. But lower latency is a lasting benefit. The second post Data services…
  • Hike blogging

    Robin Harris
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Sunday morning took the Brins Mesa trail loop. Sometimes people wonder if I ever get bored with the scenery. Not yet!
  • Flash Memory Summit 2014

    Robin Harris
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:14 pm
    The entire StorageMojo analyst team will be saddling up and leaving the bone-dry high desert of Arizona to see the fleshpots of Santa Clara for the 2014 Flash Memory Summit. StorageMojo’s Chief Analyst will be chairing Session U-2: Annual Update on Enterprise Flash Storage. That’s on Tuesday, August 5th, at 9:45. Who knows, maybe there will be discussion of the latency vs data services controversy. Looking forward to meeting the attendee from the Republic of San Marino, and finding out what they’ve been doing with flash. Don’t be shy. Feel free to sidle up and say…
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  • IBM Announces TDMF v5 and zDMF v3

    TonyPearson
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Well, it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements! Back in 2007, my blog post [Double Happy Wedding] compared IBM's acquisition for a company that produced data migration software to the practice in Japan of waiting until the bride is five to seven months pregnant to have a wedding. In USA, these are called "shotgun" weddings. I was in Japan when I wrote that, and the company IBM acquired was Japanese, so the comparison stuck. Today, IBM announces the latest versions Transparent Data Migration Facility z/OS v5 [TDMF] and z/OS Dataset Migration Facility v3 [zDMF]…
  • IBM Corporate Technology Social Business Imact Award for 2013

    TonyPearson
    23 Jun 2014 | 2:11 pm
    This week, I was one of the 24 recipients of the IBM Corporate Technology Social Business Impact awards! The list of recipients spans 14 countries (in alphabetical order): Country Award recipient Australia Darryl Miles Brazil Sergio Varga Egypt Ahmed Abbass France Jean Francois Puget Germany Turgut Aslan Detlef Helmbrecht Sebastian Thaele India Prashanta Chandramohan Vinod A Valecha1 Italy Massimo Chiriatti Bruno Portaluri Korea JungWoon Lee HyungKeun Park Netherlands Edwin Schouten Poland Renata Anna Bilecka Spain Maria Borbones Switzerland Alessandro Sorniotti1 United Kingdom Richard G…
  • IBM Watson inspires DaveAlex to build his own for personal use

    TonyPearson
    17 Jun 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Years ago, I wrote a series of blog posts related to IBM Watson computer that played Jeopardy! game show. My most popular post to-date has been [IBM Watson -- How to replicate Watson hardware and systems design for your own use in your basement], which I had previously used "Watson Jr." an an unofficial name for your own personal implementation. Over time, I have gotten many emails, comments and tweets related to this post. The instructions have been downloaded over 130,000 times! The letter below was so inspiring that I felt I need to share it. (Published here with permission from…
  • IBM Edge2014 - Day 2 Delivering on the Promise of the Future Made with IBM

    TonyPearson
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Continuing my coverage of the [IBM Edge2014 conference], IBM's premiere conference for System Storage and related products, I attended keynote sessions on Tuesday morning, titled "Delivering on the Promise of the Future: Made with IBM". Once again, Stephen Leonard, IBM General Manager, STG Sales, served as emcee for this general session. Yesterday, the executives focused on the "What" and "Why" for new IT initiatives. Today, they want to tackle "How" to accomplish all this. Robert LaBlanc, IBM Senior Vice President, Software and Cloud Solutions…
  • IBM Edge2014 - Day 1 EdgeTalks Innovation that Impacts our World

    TonyPearson
    30 May 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Continuing my coverage of the [IBM Edge2014 conference], IBM's premiere conference for System Storage and related products, I attended EdgeTalks: Innovation That Impacts Our World that offered a series of inspiring talks styled after the famous [TED] conferences. Surjit Chana, IBM Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and VP of Strategy for IBM Systems and Technology Group, served as emcee to introduce the speakers. Ron Finley, Renegade Gardener Back in 2003, "South Central" was [renamed to South Los Angeles]. But as everyone in IT knows, merely renaming something doesn't fix any of…
 
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  • Finally, A Sensible Statement About Clouds

    Administrator
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    And from an unexpected source.  A recent comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, Sex Tape, builds a comedic misadventure on the inadvertent upload to a cloud service of a explicit digital video recording made by a middle aged couple seeking to spice up their love life.  After uploading, the husband discovers that he can’t […]
  • Heads Down Getting Ready for SHARE 2014

    Administrator
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:26 pm
    I will be talking about Disaster Recovery Requirements in the Agile Mainframe Data Center on Friday, August 8, in Pittsburgh. The talk has been selected for live streaming, so the world will be able to tune in. If you are interested, here is a link to register for SHARE. LINK I am going to count […]
  • The Irritation of Storage Tribalism (and Comment Response)

    Administrator
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    I know, I know. As a tech writer and blogger, I should be immune to the occasional pushback from readers who hold views that differ from my own. I usually have a pretty thick skin, but I really hate it when I take the time to respond to commenters only to have the comment facility […]
  • Linear Tape File System: The Only Real Software-Defined Storage?

    Administrator
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
      At the IBM Edge 2014 conference in Las Vegas this past May, I had the chance to reconnect with the IBMers most responsible for the development and marketing of the Linear Tape File System (LTFS). I had interviewed Ed Childers, who hails out of IBM Tucson, before. He has been my go-to guy on […]
  • Storage for the Tragically Un-Hip

    Administrator
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:16 pm
      I have been hearing from readers recently who, while complimenting me on my practical articles on topics such as storage efficiency, common sense storage architecture, and so forth, point out that I am covering topics that the “hip and cool” generation of IT folk don’t really care about. For example, I have just completed […]
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  • EMC Focuses on Services with VMAX3

    Chris M Evans
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:25 am
    Last week EMC announced an upgrade to their flagship Symmetrix high-end enterprise storage platform and the release of VMAX3.  With a maximum capacity of 384 cores and 5760 drives, the new platform scales to capacities never before seen in a single storage array.  What’s possibly more interesting though, is EMC’s intentions with what’s being called ...
  • EMC Announces XtremIO 3.0

    Chris M Evans
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    This week EMC held a launch event in London branded “Redefine Possible” covering announcements on VMAX, Islion, XtremIO and some of the software platforms.  This post covers a discussion of the changes to XtremIO. Background XtremIO was a startup company acquired by EMC in 2012, with the first products reaching general availability on 14 November ...
  • Two “New” Hardware Products from Violin Memory

    Chris M Evans
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:27 am
    The ups and downs of Violin Memory’s business has been well documented over the last few months.  With a new CEO and management team in place, the company is coming to market with new products, which they hope will revive their fortunes. Windows Flash Array First for discussion is the Windows Flash Array (WFA).  This ...
  • Getting Started with Docker

    Chris M Evans
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:26 am
    In my previous post, I talked about how Docker fits in with workload virtualisation.  In this post, I’ll look at getting started with Docker itself. Installation In this post I’ll look at the basics of installing Docker and creating a container.  I’ll reference the CentOS distribution initially, with more added as I validate and test ...
  • Cloud as a Tier of Storage

    Chris M Evans
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:51 am
    In my last post I talked about storage tiering and how it has evolved with the advent of new technology and of course the arrival of flash storage to mainstream deployments.  One of the comments on that post indicated that I’d excluded Cloud as a tier of storage.  Now, there are two ways to look ...
 
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  • InfoSight Review: How Nimble Storage Is Turning The OEM Support Model On Its Head

    Brad Voogel
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    All storage OEMs have some kind of “call home” feature. Upon a hardware or software failure, there is usually an alert sent simultaneously to the OEM and the customer. A support ticket is logged and either a part or engineer is dispatched to fulfill the SLA. Most OEMs also collect performance statistics on weekly intervals ...
  • VNXe 3200: The Future of the VNX?

    John Lukavsky
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    I’ve been hearing from a lot of people that the VNX will eventually be similar to the VNXe. I didn’t believe EMC would do that until they came out with the VNXe 3200, but now it is looking like it is a possibility. I’ll need to provide a quick recap of the history of the ...
  • Spending Money To Make Money: An IT Strategy That Really Works?

    Mike Murphy
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: “Look, if I spend more than $50 at this store, I get 20% off!” Or how about adding an extra item to Amazon’s shopping cart to qualify for free shipping? You have to wonder if these tactics are win/win, or if they are just getting us to ...
  • Adventures In cDOT Migrations: Part Two

    Brad Voogel
    1 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    Before we start: for those just joining the adventures, here’s Part One. Part Two: Insights From The Field When it comes to 7-Mode to cDOT transitions, we are seeing the trend of host-based migration continuing to be King when it comes to databases and virtual environments. However, for those customers who are using SnapMirror where ...
  • The Many Faces of Archiving (And Why It Isn’t Backup)

    Humayun Khan
    19 May 2014 | 5:32 pm
    If archiving is defined as intelligent data management, then neither Backup Technologies, nor Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) techniques, nor Storage Resource Management (SRM) tools qualify; however, these continue to be leveraged for archiving as substitute products. Even “Information Lifecycle Management” that would benefit from archiving is now equated with archiving. This has led to a ...
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  • Moving users to different Sync Shares

    Jane Yan[MSFT]
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    User folders are associated with a sync share, and there are times you will need to move a user to different sync shares. For example, maybe the user changed jobs from HR to Finance, which has its own sync share. The process is pretty straightforward, by changing the user’s security memberships. This blog post goes into the detail on how this works, as well as how to assign security groups to sync shares. How users are given access to sync shares Access to sync shares is managed by the assignment of users to a specific sync share. Typically, you assign one or more security groups to a sync…
  • Using ADFS authentication for Work Folders

    Jane Yan[MSFT]
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Michael has posted a blog post on how to build a topology with Work Folders and ADFS, it provides really good step by step guide, as well as the scripts. I want to build on that, to show you some insight of Work Folders using ADFS authentication. Overview Work Folders supports 2 different authentications: Windows integrated authentication ADFS using OAuth 2.0 (ADFS using Windows Server 2012 R2) When the Work Folders server is configured to use Windows integrated authentication, the client will use Kerberos when the device is logged on with the user domain credentials and connected on the…
  • Streamlined Migration of FRS to DFSR SYSVOL

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    Hi folks, Ned here again. When telling people about the coming removal of FRS from Windows Server, the main response is usually: “Sure, I have occasional problems with FRS and know that I should upgrade to DFSR, but who has the time for a huge migration? That guide is intimidating!” I hear you on the guide; it is 52 pages of verbosity and completeness. This implies that migration normally takes weeks or months though, which is untrue. With smaller domains, it should take a few minutes, and with larger ones, a few hours or days at most. Migrations are staged, with no…
  • The End is Nigh (for FRS)

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:40 am
    Hi folks, Ned here again. At TechEd, I officially announced the end of the File Replication Service. For those that missed the event, I repeat: We are removing FRS from Windows Server Today I’ll talk about what this means and how to get ready. We want this to be as easy as possible and I welcome any conversations that help you move forward with migrating to DFSR for SYSVOL replication. I’m ready… Deprecation? Speak plainly! FRS and DFSR both asynchronously replicate content sets of file data, and are included with Windows Server at no extra cost. Microsoft introduced the File…
  • Announcing the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 R2!

    Will Gries
    18 Jun 2014 | 4:42 pm
    We are excited today to announce the release of the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2012 R2! The Data Classification Toolkit for Windows 2012 R2 is designed to help you to: Identify, classify, and protect data on file servers in your private cloud. Provide support for deployments of Windows Server 2012 R2, as well as for mixed deployments of Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. Easily configure default Central Access Policy across multiple servers. Build and deploy policies to protect critical information in a cost-effective manner.
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  • A Quick Introduction to CoreOS

    slowe
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this post, I’m going to provide a very quick introduction to CoreOS. CoreOS, in case you haven’t heard of it, is a highly streamlined Linux distribution designed with containers, massive server deployments, and distributed systems/applications in mind. CoreOS is built around a number of key concepts/technologies: The OS is updated as a whole, not package-by-package. CoreOS uses the Omaha protocol—initially engineered by Google for updating things like the Chrome browser and Chrome OS—to stay up-to-date with new versions. CoreOS also employs an active/passive dual…
  • Installing the Docker Plugin for Heat

    slowe
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this post, I’ll share with you how I installed the Docker plugin for OpenStack Heat, so that Heat is able to orchestrate the creation of Docker containers in an OpenStack environment. I’m publishing this because I found the default instructions to be a bit too vague to be helpful. By sharing my experience, I hope that others interested in using Docker in their OpenStack environment will benefit. Here are the steps I used to make the Docker plugin work with Heat. These steps assume you are using Ubuntu and already have OpenStack Heat installed and working correctly: If you are…
  • Giving Back to the Community

    slowe
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    (This is a repost of an announcement from the Spousetivities web site. I wanted to include it here for broader coverage. —Scott) For seven years, Spousetivities has been fortunate to be part of the VMware/VMworld community. Since 2008, we’ve been the only community-focused and community-driven spouse activities program, and it’s been an honor. Spousetivities exists thanks to the support of the community. However, Spousetivities also exists to provide support back to that same community. Last week, a member of our community was tragically taken from us. Jim Ruddy died in a…
  • Spousetivities at VMworld 2014

    slowe
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Long-time readers know that since VMworld 2008 in Las Vegas, my wife Crystal has been organizing spouse activities—aka “Spousetivities”—for spouses, partners, family members, and friends traveling with VMworld conference attendees. This is a true labor of love for Crystal; she works tirelessly to gather sponsors, organize activities, and handle the logistics for the events. Although registration is opening a bit later than usual this year (Crystal’s been sick and in the hospital recently), registration for Spousetivities at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco is now…
  • Fix for Strange Issue Booting KVM Guests

    slowe
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This issue describes a fix I found for an issue I had when booting KVM guest domains on the Ubuntu/KVM hypervisors in my home lab. I’d been struggling with this issue for quite some time now, but only recently found what I believe to be the final fix for the problem. First, allow me to provide a bit of background. Some time ago—I’d say around August 2012, when I left the vSpecialist team at EMC to join an OpenStack-focused team in another part of EMC—I moved my home lab over completely to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with the KVM hypervisor. This was an important step in educating…
 
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  • Four Early Insights from the Forthcoming DCIG 2014-15 Midrange Unified Storage Array Buyer’s Guide

    Ken Clipperton
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    DCIG is preparing to release the DCIG 2014-15 Midrange Unified Storage Array Buyer’s Guide. Although this is a diverse marketplace, there are some themes that emerged as we compared the features being offered in arrays today versus the arrays covered in the 2013 edition of this Buyer’s Guide. Those themes include much larger cache sizes, multiplied storage capacity, public cloud storage connectivity, and support for Microsoft virtualization technologies. The post Four Early Insights from the Forthcoming DCIG 2014-15 Midrange Unified Storage Array Buyer’s Guide appeared first on DCIG.
  • Five Early Insights from the Forthcoming DCIG 2014-15 Virtual Server Backup Software Buyer’s Guide

    Jerome M. Wendt
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    As DCIG prepares to release its forthcoming DCIG 2014-15 Virtual Server Backup Software Buyer's Guide, it has unveiled a number of changes in the features offered on virtual server backup software and the ways in which they offer them. While support for VMware and its various capabilities certainly remain a focal point, support for other hypervisors, connectivity to public storage clouds and even tape support are becoming a bigger part of the conversation. Here are five early insights that DCIG has gleaned from the research that it has completed in recent weeks and months. The post Five Early…
  • Three Tips for Breaking through the Backup Complexity of Today’s Enterprises

    Jerome M. Wendt
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Perhaps nowhere does the complexity of the IT infrastructure within today’s organizations come more clearly into focus than when viewed from the perspective of data protection. Backup and recovery software sees first hand all of the applications and operating systems in an enterprise’s environment . Yet, at the same time, it is expected to account for this complexity by centralizing management, holding the line on costs, and simplifying these tasks even as it meets heightened end-user demands for faster backups and recoveries. To break through this complexity, there are three tips that…
  • When it Comes to Backup, the Smart Money is on Rapid Reliable Recovery; Interview with StorageCraft’s Chief Evangelist Matt Urmston, Part 3

    Charley McMaster
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Matt Urmston, StorageCraft’s Chief Evangelist and Director of Product Management, has worked in a variety of roles in backup, archiving, data recovery and high availability. In this third blog entry of this interview series, Matt emphasizes that StorageCraft’s value is in the recovery process--getting systems back online quickly and efficiently, and having that work every time. The post When it Comes to Backup, the Smart Money is on Rapid Reliable Recovery; Interview with StorageCraft’s Chief Evangelist Matt Urmston, Part 3 appeared first on DCIG.
  • 10 Characteristics That Help to Define Today’s High End Storage Arrays

    Jerome M. Wendt
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    It has been said that everyone knows what “normal” is but that it is often easier to define “abnormal” than it is to define “normal.” To a certain degree that axiom also applies to defining “high end storage arrays.” Everyone just seems to automatically assume that a certain set of storage arrays are in the “high end” category but when push comes to shove, people can be hard-pressed to provide a working definition as to what constitutes a high end storage array in today's crowded storage space. The post 10 Characteristics That Help to Define Today’s High End Storage…
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  • July 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter

    SIO maintainer SIO maintainer
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Server and StorageIO Update newsletter – July 2014 Welcome to the July 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization and data infrastructure topics. For some of you it is mid summer (e.g. in the northern hemisphere) while for others it mid-winter (southern hemisphere). Here in the Stillwater MN area […]The post July 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter appeared first on StorageIOblog.
  • AWS adds Zocalo Enterprise File Sync Share and Collaboration

    greg schulz
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:16 pm
    In case you missed it today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced Zocalo an enterprise class storage and file sharing service. As you might have guessed, by being file sync and share of cloud storage Zocalo can be seen as a competitor or option to other services including Box, Dropbox and Google among many others in the enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) space.The post AWS adds Zocalo Enterprise File Sync Share and Collaboration appeared first on StorageIOblog.
  • June 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter

    greg schulz
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:09 am
    Even with flash SSD vendor and technology consolidation, this is in no way an indication of the health of the market. Quite the opposite in that flash SSD has a very bright future and we are still in the relative early phase or waves and flash will be in your future. The question remains how much, when, where, with what and from whom. Needless to say there is plenty of SSD related hardware and software activity occurring in the StorageIO labs as well as StorageIO.com/SSD;).The post June 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter appeared first on StorageIOblog.
  • April and May 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter

    greg schulz
    31 May 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Welcome to the April and May 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization and data infrastructure topics. In this edition there is coverage of vendors technology announcements, trends, earnings results and much more.The post April and May 2014 Server and StorageIO Update newsletter appeared first on StorageIOblog.
  • Is there an information or data recession? Are you using less storage? (With Polls)

    greg schulz
    31 May 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Is there an information recession where you are creating, processing, moving or saving less data?Are you using less data storage than in the past either locally online, offline or remote including via clouds?IMHO there is no such thing as a data or information recession, granted storage is being used more effectively by some, while economic pressures or competition enables your budgets to be stretched further. Likewise people and data are living longer and getting larger. Check out the attached polls and cast your vote.The post Is there an information or data recession? Are you using less…
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  • EMC Redefine Possible (TL;DR Edition)

    Stephen
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure, introduces VMAX3 EMC made quite a few announcements today at their “Redefine Possible” event in London. There’s a lot of coverage out there already, so I decided to present a summary of the whole thing in “too long; didn’t read” (TL;DR) fashion. Note that this isn’t an attempt to list everything from the event but rather to pull out what I found to be important. And check out “Stephen’s Stance” for my thoughts! TL;DR Is it possible to do a TL;DR on a TL;DR? Oh yes!
  • EMC Acquires TwinStrata

    Stephen
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    TwinStrata is a technologically impressive cloud gateway for enterprise, and as of now it’s part of EMC. This was the biggest news so far from today’s “Redefine Possible” event in London, which I’m attending. Jeremy Burton of EMC announces the TwinStrata acquisition TwinStrata was founded in 2007 and has been shipping product since 2010. Their “cloud integrated storage” product is mainly known for adding iSCSI access in the enterprise to public or private cloud. It included enterprise features like snapshots, data reduction, and encryption, along with caching of data to…
  • Why SanDisk + Fusion-io = Awesome

    Stephen
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:43 am
    The storage industry was abuzz yesterday with news that SanDisk will buy Fusion-io for $1.1 billion. Lots of folks seem confused by this, but I think that’s because they don’t know who SanDisk really are. After having been exposed to both companies’ management, products, and strategy, I think this is a great fit and excellent news for the storage industry. This car drove past me just as I learned that FIO had a new corporate parent, SNDK! SanDisk Is More Than SD Cards SanDisk is a wonderful brand in the consumer flash media space. Ask the average person which…
  • Why OpenStack Doesn’t Need Fibre Channel Support

    Stephen
    19 May 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Last week, J Metz penned an article entitled “Thoughts on #OpenStack and Software-Defined Storage” in which he argues (rightly) that OpenStack Cinder should take storage networks into account and also (wrongly) that it should also encompass existing protocols such as “the 11 Billion ports of Fibre Channel that currently exist as part of a holistic system of storage networking.” Hey! It’s J and I drawing unicorns! Although it might not seem like it all the time, Dr. Metz and I are good friends and agree more than we disagree. And although it might not seem like it all the time, I…
  • Is Storage the Killer App for Software-Defined Networking?

    Stephen
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    Software Defined Networking (SDN) has always looked a bit like a solution in search of a problem, at least in the enterprise data center. But there are lots of potential applications that need a dynamic and scalable network. In my mind, storage is chief among these, since scalability and flexibility has always been extremely difficult to achieve. As I have written before, one of the most vexing problems in storage is the backwardness and intractability of the protocols for we use. SCSI and NFS simply were not designed for flexibility and scalability, yet they are the primary protocols in use…
 
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    Most Popular White Papers and Webcasts Storage Research

  • Disposing of Digital Debris: Information Governance Strategy and Practice in Action

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This white paper gives tips on defining and identifying digital debris and provides the benefits of disposing of digital debris. Published by: IBM
  • Deconstructing unstructured data

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Use this expert paper to help deconstruct unstructured data. Learn why flexibility and value are the best answers for uncontrolled growth, and how to manage unstructured data through an optimized storage infrastructure. Published by: Dell, Inc.
  • BMO Harris Bank Case Study

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    This video explains how BMO Harris Bank found a storage solution with easy access that provided them with immediate savings of $5 million a year. Watch to find out how you can deploy the same solution with an easy to use interface and quickly lower costs. Published by: EMC Corporation
  • How MSPs Can Help SMBs Prevent Irreparable Data Loss

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This resource answers a number of questions that MSPs may have regarding helping their customers to protect their critical data from loss, and also provides a list of items to look for when choosing a managed backup solution. Published by: N-able Technologies
  • Intel Cloud Edition for Lustre Software

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Read this white paper to find out what benefits come with an industry-leading parallel storage system, including rapid simulation and prototyping, cloud bursting some or all of your peak HPC workloads, and augment on-premise HPC resources with cloud capabilities. Published by: Intel
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  • Server SANs: The Dark Side

    Howard Marks
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    The new technology promises compelling benefits, but mixing and matching storage hardware and software can backfire, as one IT pro found out when his VMware VSAN failed.
  • 2014 IT Spending: Getting More For Less

    Andrew Froehlich
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fierce competition in a rapidly changing IT industry has resulted in bargains for enterprise IT buyers this year, but don't expect the good deals to last long.
  • Guide To Server Virtualization

    James M. Connolly
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    New to server virtualization or need a refresher course? This overview explains the technology that has changed the lives of IT admins and CFOs.
  • LTE Broadcast On The Horizon

    Pablo Valerio
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The technology, which allows cellular operators to multicast popular live TV and sporting events to multiple subscribers, is gaining traction.
  • New CPU Architectures Promise Performance Boost

    Jim O'Reilly
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Intel and others are developing chip structures that aim to unlock memory bottlenecks and improve interconnect capabilities.
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    Free IT - Storage Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • Conquering the Top 5 Enterprise Data Protection Challenges

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    How are savvy CIO's conquering these types of challenges? Find out how in this white paper by vExpert, David Davis.Request Free!
  • Achieving Best Practices for Virtual Machine Backup and Recovery

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    This Lab Validation report from ESG provides you with best practices to create an environment that offers you simple unified data protection across physical and virtual landscapes, maximum protection and data availability, and reduced storage needs and operational costs.Request Free!
  • Data Centers in the Crosshairs: Today's Most Dangerous Threats

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Comprising the most valuable assets in your organization – your web, DNS, database, and email servers - data centers have become the number one target of cyber criminals, hacktivists and state-sponsored attackers. This paper analyzes the top five most dangerous threats to your data center. It also describes the impact of these threats and it reveals the latest methods, tools and techniques used by attackers to exploit data center resources.Request Free!
  • Top Pitfalls to Avoid When Implementing Cloud Computing

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Cloud computing is one of the most captivating technology in today's IT world. Cloud computing, with the revolutionary promise of computing as a utility, has transformed how IT services are delivered and managed. The demand for cloud computing solutions is growing exponentially. This white paper will identify the pitfalls to watch out for when implementing the technology, and stress the importance of WAN redundancy and reliability.Request Free!
  • Public Cloud Flexibility, Private Cloud Security

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    The challenge is that cloud applications increase the potential for corporate data to leak, raising compliance and security concerns for IT. A primary security concern facing organizations moving to the cloud is how to secure and control access to data saved in cloud applications.Request Free!
 
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    Computerworld Blogs - Data Storage

  • EMC unleashes VMAX3 and buys TwinStrata

    Richi Jennings
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
    No LOL: EMC CEO Joe Tucci. Storage behemoth EMC (NYSE:EMC) has a bunch of announcements. New products, upgrades and an acquisition are the order of the day. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers round up the cloudy details.
  • It's easier when the errors arrive on schedule

    Sharky
    27 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Big lumberyard hires an outside IT company to manage its systems, and there's a reason help is needed: Every day there are disk errors showing up on the company's server.
  • Believe it or not, they called this 'Just-In-Time'

    Sharky
    29 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Flashback to 1990, when this pilot fish is helping to install a merchandise tracking system at a brand new distribution center -- and a week after the center goes live, it's clear some data is missing.
  • The foundation of clouds: Intelligent abstraction

    Chris Poelker
    12 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    The term cloud computing is bandied about all the time these days, but many folks are still confused about what all the fuss is about, and what it means to them. The IT landscape is changing faster than it ever has before, and it is becoming more and more difficult for quote “normal” people to keep up.
  • EMC, RSA, NSA, @TrustyCon, and ''dirty tricks''

    Richi Jennings
    28 Feb 2014 | 3:08 am
    @Mikko, the notoriously publicity-shy CTO, doesn't trust RSA. The RSA (NYSE:EMC) Conference was boycotted yesterday by TrustyCon attendees. A range of speakers criticized the company's alleged cosy links with the NSA, arguing that the industry badly needs a huge dose of trustworthiness. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers reach for the bottomless bucket of popcorn. Not to mention: Hypponen explains his 'personal' reasons...
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  • Why Switch from On-Premise to the All-In-One Cloud

    Jason Pietryga
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:26 pm
    If you’re a business with an onsite IT infrastructure and you’re looking to lower or stabilize your IT costs, reduce your IT management and maintenance responsibilities, or switch to a more accessible and flexible cloud-based infrastructure—or all of the above—migrate to an onthenetOffice all-in-one hosted solution today! onthenetOffice Desktop as a Service (DaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) all-in-one hosted solutions have all of the features and capabilities required of a complete IT infrastructure. They can run all of your applications and store all of your files; and…
  • FREE Email Encryption for Your Business

    Jason Pietryga
    20 May 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Between now and May 31st, onthenetOffice is offering FREE hosted email encryption to small and medium sized businesses (SMBs). To take advantage of this promotion, contact an onthenetOffice representative at 1-855-668-4363 today! In honor of National Small Business Week, which ran from May 12th to May 16th, we at onthenetOffice recently announced a promotion, lasting until May 31st, offering free hosted email encryption to SMBs. What we hope to accomplish with this promotion is this: first, to demonstrate our appreciation for our clients, many of whom are SMBs; second, to raise awareness of…
  • SECURITY WARNING: The OpenSSL “Heartbleed Bug”

    Jason Pietryga
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:27 pm
    If you’ve ever submitted any kind of private or sensitive information to a website—including usernames, passwords, credit card numbers, social security numbers, addresses, and phone numbers—this security alert applies to you. This week, security researchers discovered a serious vulnerability in the OpenSSL encryption software. Two-thirds of all websites use OpenSSL, as do many email, instant messaging, and virtual private network (VPN) services. These services use OpenSSL to establish an encrypted connection between them and the user (or between two or more users) to prevent the data…
  • Infographic: Protect Your Data with Hosted Desktops

    Jason Pietryga
    20 Feb 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Cybercrime costs businesses in the United States an average of $100 billion per year. Each security breach costs American businesses an average of $5,403,644, or $136 per record or unit of data stolen. To guarantee protection from costly security breaches like these, businesses can either spend the equivalent of several times their yearly IT budget on an advanced data protection system, or for a low, flat monthly fee they can sign up for onthenetOffice hosted desktops, which we monitor 24x7x365 and protect with firewalls, IDS/IPS, antivirus software, and a content filter. To switch to…
  • onthenetOffice Mac OS and iOS Compatibility

    Jason Pietryga
    4 Feb 2014 | 10:47 am
    onthenetOffice Hosted Desktops are IT solutions that appear and perform the same as locally-installed Windows desktop operating systems. They can be accessed from anywhere with any Internet-connected computer, thin client, tablet, or smartphone. This holds true even for devices that aren’t normally compatible with Windows operating systems or applications, including any device manufactured by Apple—namely Macs, iPads, and iPhones. Ways that businesses can take advantage of the compatibility of onthenetOffice Hosted Desktop with Apple computers, tablets, and smartphones include: Provide…
 
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    Architecting Beyond Twenty Twenty » Storage

  • Fusion IO Blows Through 1 million IOPS to Nine Million IOPS in Transaction Logging App Use-Case

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Everywhere there is this need for speed. One flash array vendor thought that benchmarking a single VM to achieve a million IOPS was particularly useful or interesting. Marginally.  However, I found that the real example of speed comes from Fusion IO and it has demonstrated it could deliver 9 million IOPS from a single 365 GB MLC Fusion ioDrive2 card. Watch the video the number is actually 9.6 million IOPS.  Unbelievable. And a quick brief on the use-case : Here is a nice detailed presentation/talk from youtube on it : And a presentation on it : The key aspect beyond the sheer hardware…
  • Why Lego Makes Sense in Toys, Software, Servers and Storage

    admin
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    Legos are remarkable. You can almost build anything with them, however, that is really not the only remarkable aspect of legos. The underlying lesson is that from very small inter-operable parts you can efficiently build very big things. The lego approach has found itself into software practices and as well to servers. Good software design emphasizes small generic functions that can be used extensively and flexibly by other functions. On the server front – while very large servers still exist and serve many useful functions – the majority of data centers are building clouds from a…
  • Sea Change : New Gartner Report on Flash Storage in 2013- IBM, Pure Storage come in #1 and #2

    admin
    13 Jun 2014 | 3:25 pm
    In September of last year I made a small prediction that with a slew of new players and many more agile ones competing in the flash storage array area that they would pose a big problem for  the leaders at the time.  Specifically, I pointed to strong new storage competitors and storage/software features as one of the reasons why things would change. I said – Odds were that the next Gartner Report would look very different from the last one. And it does.  You can find the original post at Sea Change : For a Gartner Report on Flash Storage : Last Year was, well, last year. We have been…
  • Recommended: Flash Accelerating Oracle RAC in 16RU & VMware Power Savings with Local Flash

    admin
    13 Jun 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Fusion-io, Dell, and Mellanox have built a very small footprint (16RU), extremely fast, and price-sensitive reference architecture for Oracle RAC 12c. It is very impressive on a number of counts.  It further highlights the move to using local flash storage over remote flash storage arrays.  This solution aims at reducing hardware sprawl and power consumption by achieving higher performance in a smaller footprint.  From the description – “This reference architecture features four Fusion ION Accelerators and four Oracle RAC database nodes all connected through redundant…
  • Recommended Reading : Key Questions To Ask Your Flash Storage Array Vendor Before You Buy

    admin
    9 Jun 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Updated.  If you are grappling with what questions to ask your SSD or flash storage array vendor who says his last customer saw a 10x increase in performance but can’t really give you a nice write-up of the hardware and software configuration – consider that maybe the 10x increase wasn’t only the flash in the array.  Interestingly if everything on the market represents “next generation” “cloud” or “enterprise” infrastructure and software then the words “next generation” kind of lose their meaning. Here are a few candidate…
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