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  • Optimizing Storage in Virtualized Environments

    Most Popular White Papers and Webcasts Storage Research
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This paper examines some of the most common storage problems that are prevalent in virtualization deployments, and VMTurbo's unique solution to control the virtualization and underlying storage infrastructure in the desired state. Published by: VMTurbo
  • VMware Announces EVO – Hyper-Converged Reference Architectures

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    Chris M Evans
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The big announcement so far at VMworld 2014 is the final emergence a new reference architecture called EVO and what was covertly known as Project Mystic or Marvin.  EVO is VMware’s hyper-converged offering to take on the likes of Nutanix, Simplivity and Scale Computing. It’s obvious that VMware sees the idea of hyper-converged solutions as ...
  • Is High-density Storage the Key to Your Converged Infrastructure?

    Most Popular White Papers and Webcasts Storage Research
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This expert resource explores the possibility of utilizing dense storage solutions within converged infrastructures. Published by: Dell, Inc. and Intel®
  • Compression – Table Stakes for Next Generation Storage Platforms

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    Chris M Evans
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    The storage world of tomorrow will see a divergence of technology into two main camps; storage will be either capacity or performance focused.  At the performance end, today’s newest generations of storage platforms are taking advantage of technologies such as flash to deliver high throughput and low latency I/O for the latest generation of performance ...
  • Insights From The Pony Express: Why The Five-Year Tech Refresh May End Up Costing You More

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    Brad Voogel
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Prior to 1860, it could take several weeks to months for correspondence from the east coast to reach the Pacific states. As settlement of the West exploded due to the promise of free land from the Homestead Act and the discovery of gold, a faster line of communication was needed. Especially with war looming, the ...
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  • VMworld – Exciting New and Expanded Capabilities from Hitachi and VMware

    Hu Yoshida
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    VMworld 2014 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, August 24 to 28, has many new products and capabilities to help our customers achieve greater efficiency and availability with infrastructure virtualization.  Some solutions that HDS will highlight in our booth include the following: Business Defined IT With UCP and vCOps VMware users can align IT with business processes through their VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vCOps), coupled with Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) for VMware vSphere and its Unified Compute Platform Director software.  This converged-infrastructure management…
  • Global Storage Virtualization with GAD is GA!

    Hu Yoshida
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The global active device (GAD) feature that we announced with our VSP G1000 storage array on April 23 of this year has been released for General Availability after extensive testing of its use for both block and file storage by several key customer accounts. GAD greatly simplifies and automates high availability to ensure continuous operations for your most mission critical data and applications. With GAD we are extending storage virtualization, which up to now has been vertically oriented behind our enterprise storage systems so that it is extended horizontally across multiple enterprise…
  • Enterprise Mobility Management with – Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere

    Hu Yoshida
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Data mobility, the ability to access, sync, and share data on mobile devices as well as your desktop, enables your enterprise workforce to be more productive with the agility to create and respond to new business opportunities.  However, mobility presents new challenges for IT professionals who are responsible for the protection and governance of enterprise data. Industry surveys show that 28% of corporate data resides on laptops and mobile devices outside the control and supervision of corporate IT. The industry is recognizing the need to bring this data under the control of IT and there…
  • VMware Virtual Volume Integration with Hitachi Storage Virtualization – A Winning Combination

    Hu Yoshida
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Continuing from my last blog where I shared my views on the passing fad of stand alone storage solutions, like all-flash-arrays and file sync and share solutions that are not integrated with enterprise systems, I see tremendous adoption for new storage technologies like Virtual Volume (aka VVol). VVol, from VMware, which enables the integration of vendor specific, value add features, with vSphere management and services. VVol is next in the series of innovation in storage technologies from VMware. VVOL promises to be the next big thing in the storage ecosystem due to its ability to immensely…
  • 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…
 
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  • The network crunch: DAS and SAN

    Robin Harris
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Several years ago an Intel briefer promised me $50 10Gb Ethernet ports. The shocker: prices have dropped little in the last 8 years – well more than a decade in Internet time. I don’t look back as often as I should. But a note from a ZDNet reader prompted some retrospection and research into network prices. Consumer adoption is behind the most dramatic price declines in high tech. CPUs, disks, monitors, printers and GigE got cheap when hundreds of millions of people were buying them. Network effects Who has a 10Gig home network? Some StorageMojo readers, no doubt, but the rest of…
  • Why are array architectures so old?

    Robin Harris
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    25 years ago I was working on DEC’s earliest RAID array. When I look at today’s “high-end” arrays, it’s shocking how little architectural change the big iron arrays have embraced. The industry is ripe for disruption, only part of which is coming from cloud vendors. 21st century problems demand 21st century architectures. Here’s a list of the obsolete technologies still embraced by most large arrays. RAID. After it turned out that the governing assumption behind RAID was not accurate – non-correlated failures – and as drive sizes increased, RAID…
  • Friday hike blogging: clouds!

    Robin Harris
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
    There’s a reason Arizona doesn’t have Daylight Saving Time: we have as much daylight as we can stand. With over 300 sunny days a year – and the sunniest are often the hottest – it’s a relief to see the sun set as the perceived temps drop 10-15°F. Despite that, summer is my favorite season because of the clouds. We get much of our clouds and rain in summer – low pressure in the warm mountain west sucks up moisture from the gulf and coast – and the clouds dapple the mountains. If we’re lucky we get low clouds drifting among the rocks while the…
  • DataGravity launches

    Robin Harris
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    The co-founder of Equallogic, Paula Long, is heading up the new startup DataGravity. Their system takes advantage of active/active controllers to bring deep storage inspection to small and medium businesses. What they do DataGravity brings a new level of information awareness to network storage arrays, enabling important new capabilities within the array at no extra cost: Full-text index of all documents. Automatic scanning for personally identifiable information such as credit card and Social Security numbers. Complete data access logging: who looked at what, when – handy for legal…
  • Friday hike blogging: Mormon Canyon

    Robin Harris
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    After several days where I couldn’t get out I left at 6am for my favorite hike, the Cibola-Jordan-Soldiers Pass-Brins Mesa loop. Big decision: clockwise or counter-clockwise? Clockwise is gentler with an uphill bias until reaching the highest point – 5138 feet – after 4.5 miles. Counter-clockwise gets the bulk of the vertical done in the first 1.7 miles. Which would you prefer? This view from the Brins Mesa trail on the Mormon Canyon rim is looking southeast down the canyon. The haze is due some small fires on the Mogollon rim and the morning angle of the sun.
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  • Another $140m for Nutanix as the Spectre of EVO Rises

    Chris M Evans
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    Today Nutanix Inc announced another (series E) round of funding from undisclosed investors to bring the total investment in the company to $312m (see Codex entry for Nutanix for details). There’s no doubting the timing of this announcement is no accident, coming in the same week that VMware announced it’s entry into the hyper-converged market with ...
  • VMware Announces EVO – Hyper-Converged Reference Architectures

    Chris M Evans
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The big announcement so far at VMworld 2014 is the final emergence a new reference architecture called EVO and what was covertly known as Project Mystic or Marvin.  EVO is VMware’s hyper-converged offering to take on the likes of Nutanix, Simplivity and Scale Computing. It’s obvious that VMware sees the idea of hyper-converged solutions as ...
  • Compression – Table Stakes for Next Generation Storage Platforms

    Chris M Evans
    25 Aug 2014 | 2:05 am
    The storage world of tomorrow will see a divergence of technology into two main camps; storage will be either capacity or performance focused.  At the performance end, today’s newest generations of storage platforms are taking advantage of technologies such as flash to deliver high throughput and low latency I/O for the latest generation of performance ...
  • 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 ...
 
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    Integrated Data Storage

  • Insights From The Pony Express: Why The Five-Year Tech Refresh May End Up Costing You More

    Brad Voogel
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Prior to 1860, it could take several weeks to months for correspondence from the east coast to reach the Pacific states. As settlement of the West exploded due to the promise of free land from the Homestead Act and the discovery of gold, a faster line of communication was needed. Especially with war looming, the ...
  • Flash Is Dead: The Next Storage Revolution Is About CPUs and RAM

    Mike Murphy
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Alright, flash is not dead, it’s thriving. People love SSDs in their phones and laptops, because it’s so much faster than traditional hard drives. They are faster because they have lower latency, which is to say that they allow the computer to “wait less.” SSDs operate in the millisecond and tenth of a millisecond time ...
  • Reconsidering 2-Node Architecture: Design Your Data Center With “3s and 5s”

    Mike Murphy
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    In the enterprise IT world, most people would agree that all your eggs in one basket is not ideal. However, if you scale too wide, you have to manage all that overhead. That’s why a brilliant and experienced enterprise architect once told me that he prefers “3s and 5s.” If you have anything in your ...
  • Run Your Data Center: On iPhones?

    Mike Murphy
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    In 2010, at a D8 conference, Steve Jobs made the famous analogy that “back when we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks, because that’s what you needed on the farm … But as vehicles started to be used in the urban centers, cars got more popular. Innovations like automatic transmission and power steering ...
  • 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 ...
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  • VMworld 2014 Day 2 Keynote

    slowe
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    This is a semi-liveblog of the day 2 keynote at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco. Ben Fathi, CTO of VMware, takes the stage to start the keynote, and goes through a recap of yesterday’s announcements: EVO and EVO:RAIL, vCloud Air rebranding and the availability of new services, VMware Integrated OpenStack (VIO), and new product versions (vCloud Suite 5.8, betas of vSphere and VSAN). Fathi re-emphasizes that VMware’s SDDC vision is an architecture, one built on the “power of AND.” vCloud Suite (and vCloud Air) is a manifestation of the SDDC vision/architecture.
  • VMworld 2014 Day 1 Keynote

    slowe
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    This is a liveblog of the day 1 keynote at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, CA. (Well, it’s a “semi-liveblog”; I’ll post this immediately after the keynote session wraps up.) As in previous years, the keynote is being held in the massive space in Moscone North, and this year—like previous years—it looks like there is quite a crowd gathered here this morning. I have the privilege of sitting with newly-minted VCDX-NVs and other VCDXes. The keynote starts with a catchy, jazzy dance/music piece, and then Robin Matlock, Chief Marketing Officer for VMware, takes…
  • A Heat Template for Docker Containers

    slowe
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    In this post, I’ll share a simple template for deploying Docker containers in an OpenStack environment using Heat. Given that Docker is targeted at application deployment, then I felt that using Heat was a more appropriate way of leveraging Docker in an OpenStack environment as opposed to treating Docker as a form of a hypervisor. Later in this post, I’ll compare this approach to using a more container-aware solution such as fleet. I assume you’re already familiar with OpenStack Heat and Docker. If you aren’t, take a look at these articles first: An Introduction to…
  • CoreOS Continued: Fleet and Docker

    slowe
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    This post is the third in a series of posts on CoreOS, this time focusing on the use of fleet and Docker to deploy containers across a cluster of systems. This post builds on my earlier introduction to CoreOS and the subsequent more in-depth look at etcd. I’m assuming that you’re already reasonably familiar with CoreOS, etcd, and Docker. If you aren’t familiar with CoreOS or etcd, have a look at the links in the previous paragraph. If you need a quick introduction to Docker, check out this quick introduction to Docker. While the example I’m going to provide here is…
  • CoreOS Continued: etcd

    slowe
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this post, I’m going to build on my earlier introduction to CoreOS by taking a slightly more detailed look at etcd. etcd is a distributed key-value store (more on that in a moment) and is one of the key technologies that I feel distinguishes CoreOS from other Linux distributions. etcd is not, of course, the only distributed key-value store in town. Zookeeper is another very well-known distributed information store. I’m focusing on etcd here for two reasons. First, it’s distributed as part of CoreOS, which means that it isn’t necessarily a separate piece of software…
 
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  • What Will Be Hot in Flash in the Years to Come

    Jerome M. Wendt
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    A couple of weeks ago I attended the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, CA, where I had the opportunity to talk to a number of providers, fellow analysts and developers in attendance about the topic of flash memory. The focus of many of these conversations was less about what flash means right now as its performance ramifications are already pretty well understood by the enterprise. Rather many are already looking ahead to take further advantage of flash's particular idiosyncrasies and, in so doing, give us some good insight into what will be hot in flash in the years to come. The post What…
  • HP XP7 Raises the Bar among High End Storage Arrays to Ensure the Highest Levels of Continuous, Non-disruptive Application Availability in Enterprise Data Centers

    Jerome M. Wendt
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The enterprise expectations for the availability of their applications hosted in their data center are easy to articulate and quantify: they expect all of these applications to be highly available all of the time with no outages regardless of the circumstances. Meeting those expectations is a far more difficult task and, to date, was for the most part impossible to accomplish using existing host and storage array-based technologies. The HP XP7, with its introduction this week of concurrent, bi-directional synchronous replication between paired storage volumes on different XP7 storage arrays…
  • DCIG 2014-15 Virtual Server Backup Software Buyer’s Guide Now Available

    Charley McMaster
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    DCIG is pleased to announce the availability of its DCIG 2014-15 Virtual Server Backup Software Buyer's Guide that weights, scores and ranks over 100 features on 26 different backup software solutions from 22 different backup software providers. This Buyer’s Guide provides the critical information that all size organizations need when selecting backup software that is specifically tuned to protecting virtualized environments. The post DCIG 2014-15 Virtual Server Backup Software Buyer’s Guide Now Available appeared first on DCIG.
  • 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…
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  • VMware VVOLs and storage I/O fundementals (Part 2)

    greg schulz
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    VVOL’s are accessed via the VMware software and associated API’s that are supported by various storage providers. VVOL’s are not LUN’s like regular block (e.g. DAS or SAN) storage that use SAS, iSCSI, FC, FCoE, IBA/SRP, nor are they NAS volumes like NFS mount points. Likewise VVOL’s are not accessed using any of the various object storage access methods mentioned above (e.g. AWS S3, Rest, CDMI, etc) instead they are an application specific implementation. For some of you this approach of an applications specific or unique storage access method may be new, perhaps revolutionary,…
  • VMware VVOLs and storage I/O fundementals (Part 1)

    greg schulz
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    Instead of a VM host accessing its virtual disk (aka VMDK) which is stored in a VMFS formatted data store (part of ESXi hypervisor) built on top of a SCSI LUN (e.g. SAS, SATA, iSCSI, Fibre Channel aka FC, FCoE aka FC over Ethernet, IBA/SRP, etc) or an NFS file system presented by a storage system (or appliance), VVOL’s push more functionality and visibility down into the storage system. VVOL’s shift more intelligence and work from the hypervisor down into the storage system. Instead of a storage system simply presenting a SCSI LUN or NFS mount point and having limited (coarse) to no…
  • Are VMware VVOLs in your virtual server and storage I/O future?

    greg schulz
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:11 pm
    For those of you in VMware environments, now is the time to add VVOL to your vocabulary which might mean simply taking the time to read a piece like this, or digging deeper into the theories of operations, configuration, usage, hints and tips, tutorials along with vendor specific implementations.
  • Despite being declared dead, Fibre Channel continues to evolve with FC-BB-6

    greg schulz
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    Recently the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) made an announcement pertaining to the continued development and enhancements including FC-BB-6 that applies to both "classic" or "legacy" FC as well as the newer and emerging FCoE implementations. FCIA is not alone in the FCIA activity as they are as the name implies the industry consortium that works with the T11 standards folks. T11 is a Technical Committee of the International Committee on Information Technology Standards (INCITS, pronounced "insights").
  • 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 […]
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  • Why is DataGravity Such a Big Deal?

    Stephen
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    DataGravity just released their embargo and my little techie corner of the Internet is on fire. There’s a very good reason for that, but it might not be obvious at a glance. Read on to learn why DataGravity is a Big Deal even though it might not work out. Let’s start with the hardware: DataGravity just introduced a pretty ordinary storage array aimed at the fat middle of the datacenter market. Sure, they call it “state-of-the-art primary storage” and it ticks the current checkboxes (unified access, flash-optimized, hybrid architecture, in-line data reduction),…
  • 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…
 
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  • Pay it back..

    Martin Glassborow
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    Linux and *BSD have completely changed the storage market; they are the core of so many storage products, allowing start-ups and established vendors to bring new products to the market more rapidly than previously possible. Almost every vendor I talk to these days have their systems built on top of these and then there are the number of vendors who are using Samba implementations for their NAS functionality. Sometimes they move on from Samba but almost all of version 1 NAS boxen are built on top of Samba. There is a massive debt owed to the community and sometimes it is not quite as…
  • An Opening is needed

    Martin Glassborow
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    As infrastructure companies like EMC try to move to a more software oriented world; they are having to try different things to try to grab our business. A world where tin is not the differentiator and a world where they are competing head-on with open-source means that they are going to have to take a more open-source type approach. Of course, they will argue that they have been moving this way with some of their products for sometime but these have tended to be outside of their key infrastructure market. The only way I can see products like ViPR in all it’s forms gaining any kind of…
  • Silly Season

    Martin Glassborow
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:41 am
    Yes, I’ve not been writing much recently; I am trying to work out whether I am suffering from announcement overload or just general boredom with the storage industry in general. Another day hardly passes without receiving an announcement from some vendor or another; every one is revolutionary and a massive step forward for the industry or so they keep telling me. Innovation appears to be something that is happening every day, we seem to be leaving in a golden age of invention. Yet many conversations with peer end-users generally end up with us feeling rather confused about what…
  • Not So Cold Fusion?

    Martin Glassborow
    17 Jun 2014 | 10:32 am
    Can SanDisk make a go of moving into the Enterprise especially with the purchase of Fusion-IO? It is a very different market to the consumer space and although the margins are considerably higher; it brings with it many challenges. I think it’ll depend on the go-to market strategy that SanDisk take and I fully expect them to carry on the current partnership strategy that appears to work well for them at present. I don’t see SanDisk moving into the enterprise space as a sales-organisation just yet and I suspect that the ION Accelerator line may well be dropped. And I expect to see…
  • YMMV

    Martin Glassborow
    10 Jun 2014 | 10:56 am
    Storage Marketing is one of maddest and craziest parts of the technology industry; so many claims that don’t necessarily stand-up to scrutiny and pretty much all of them need to be caveated with the words ‘It Depends….’ And actually it is very important to understand that it really does depend; for example, when your flash vendor claims that they can supply flash at the price of spinning rust; they may well be making assumptions about deduplication or compression and your data. If you are in a highly virtualised environment, you might well get a huge amount of…
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  • How To Survive In Networking

    Susan Fogarty
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Jeremy Schulman shares his secrets for navigating the transition in network operations by leveraging lessons learned from DevOps.
  • VMware NSX Banks On Security

    Marcia Savage
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    A year after launching NSX with much fanfare, VMware is targeting its network virtualization platform at customers with ample security budgets in the wake of high-profile security breaches.
  • The Rise Of White-Box Storage

    Jim O'Reilly
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Low-cost, generic storage based on original design manufacturer boxes is gaining ground in the storage industry.
  • IT Hiring: Social Media Matters

    Marcia Savage
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A survey by TEKsystems shows that both IT pros and those in charge of IT hiring rely heavily on LinkedIn and other social media to find and screen each other.
  • Cloud Storage: How To Pick A Provider

    Crystal Bedell
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    When it comes to enterprise cloud storage, there's no shortage of providers. Here's what you need to consider in order to make the right choice.
 
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  • Spotlight on Cloud Security

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    While the cloud is becoming an underlying assumption of computing, often public cloud services present problems for IT that business managers fail to think through, especially security implications. This paper covers: Cloud security liabilities Identity management Data encryption Today, nearly all businesses have one foot in the cloud whether they realize it or not. This paper will enable IT to assess their organization's exposure and reap the benefit of public cloud services without creating worry or unnecessary risk.Request Free!
  • The Cost of Inertia: Insight from Data Protection Predictors

    22 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    This comprehensive study report follows the observations of IT professionals across several fields of industry as they consider the current state of data management. The study examines the roadblocks that many organizations will face in the coming years as data continues to expand, but also helps readers map their way toward a more secure, more efficient data protection plan. Topics discussed in the study include:Assessing the problems of implementing and maintaining a data safety plan Creating safeguards against lawsuits, damages to reputation, and other disasters Fortifying the…
  • The Essentials of Virtualization - Free Kit

    20 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    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:Virtual Desktop Acquisition Cost AnalysisWhy Hybrid IT Strategy is a Bridge Between Today's Environment and Tomorrow's TechnologyVirtualizing Your Infrastructure with a Path to the Cloud: 5 Reasons Why Your IT Infrastructure Should Run on Blade ServersSeven Virtualization DR MythsRequest Free!
  • Important versus Vital Records: The Magic 5% You Can't Live Without

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    There are 2 key factors that determine the useful life of vital records—where they are stored and their identification. Do you know the measures that need to be taken to ensure the life of your vital records?Consult the following white paper to learn:the steps it takes to properly identify and protect your vital recordsa deeper understanding of the risks associated with inadequate preservationhow to evaluate storage options, and more© 2014 Iron Mountain Incorporated. All rights reserved. Iron Mountain and the design of the mountain are registered trademarks of Iron Mountain Incorporated in…
  • Uninterrupted Internet: Maximizing Revenue and Minimizing Business Risk with 3G/4G Failover

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    With CradlePoint as your Internet backup solution, you're ensured more uptime for your POS transactions and cloud-based services while gaining significant financial and operational benefits over wired backup solutions including: better reliability, lower operating costs, greater ease of use and management, and quicker speed to deployment.Request Free!
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  • Case Study: ICON Builders

    Jason Pietryga
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    ICON Builders, a general contractor, wanted to reduce the time and money that it was spending on managing and maintaining an important application. By signing up with onthenetOffice, ICON succeeded in reducing its IT costs and outsourcing the application’s management to a hosting provider it could trust. The Client ICON Builders is a general contractor that specializes in the renovation and construction of affordable housing. Since 1984, it has renovated more than 17,000 affordable housing apartment units. It has completed projects in five different states: Arizona, California, Nevada, New…
  • 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…
 
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