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  • The new storage industry rave

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    Robin Harris
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    It used to be so simple: EMC, NetApp, Hitachi and the captive storage businesses of systems companies. Add in some fast running startups, such as today’s Nimble, Nutanix and Avere, to keep things interesting. But no more. While the startups will require several more years before they make a dent in the big boy’s businesses, the cloud storage vendors are taking the joy out of high-end storage. But wait, there’s more! A group of new entrants are moving into the enterprise storage business and they promise to be even more exciting. Why? Because they are already large businesses…
  • Spousetivities at VMworld 2014

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    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…
  • Shirt Sizes are not the Way to Buy IT Infrastructure

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    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…
  • Performance: IOPS or latency or data services?

    StorageMojo
    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…
  • 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]…
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  • 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
    Blog post in review. Please check back later  
  • 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…
  • HCP Puts IT in Control of Content Mobility

    Hu Yoshida
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Mobility is a macro trend that is transformative. Mobile devices, mobile workforces, mobility of data on premise, off premise, and across the globe, create many new business opportunities. However mobility also presents new challenges for the IT professionals who are responsible for the protection and governance of the data content. Hitachi Data Systems has announced major new enhancements to its Hitachi Content Platform that enables tightly integrated control and management of content wherever it is accessed, whether on mobile devices like iPads and smartphones, edge devices in remote…
  • IT Does Matter – And the World is not Flat

    Hu Yoshida
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    Back in 2003, as the IT industry was recovering from the excesses of the dot com boom/bust, the Harvard Business Review’s Editor-At-Large, Nicolas Carr published a paper titled IT doesn’t Matter, in which he claimed that “As information technology’s power and ubiquity has grown, its strategic importance has diminished.” In 2004, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times published a national best seller entitled The World is Flat, which is a metaphor for viewing the world as a level playing field in terms of commerce where all competitors have an equal opportunity primarily due to the…
 
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  • 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…
  • The new storage industry rave

    Robin Harris
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    It used to be so simple: EMC, NetApp, Hitachi and the captive storage businesses of systems companies. Add in some fast running startups, such as today’s Nimble, Nutanix and Avere, to keep things interesting. But no more. While the startups will require several more years before they make a dent in the big boy’s businesses, the cloud storage vendors are taking the joy out of high-end storage. But wait, there’s more! A group of new entrants are moving into the enterprise storage business and they promise to be even more exciting. Why? Because they are already large businesses…
  • Hike blog: Airport loop

    Robin Harris
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Walked over to the Sunset trail and thence up to Airport Mesa. This view is looking south from the east side of the mesa. This is my favorite time of year due to the monsoon – rainy season – clouds. Probably have a thunderstorm later today. And yes, there’s an airport on top of the mesa.
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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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  • 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 […]
  • Stupid Pundit Tricks Spill Over into Tech

    Administrator
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I have been watching with equal parts amusement and disdain as Congressman Issa’s interrogations have proceeded regarding the IRS’ selections of which 501(c)(4) organizations to scrutinize before granting tax exempt status. The amusing part has been, of course, the dazzlingly inane politicization of the event.  It was discovered that a couple of IRS centers were […]
  • Sorting Out the File Junk Drawer Replay Ready

    Administrator
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:14 am
    At the beginning of the Summer, we rolled ut of the IT-SENSE.org Brown Bag Webinar Series, as those of you who joined us already know. We did three shows in three weeks, working to keep your commitment of time to around 45 minutes and our commitment to delivering useful information at 110%. We have paused […]
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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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  • 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 ...
  • Top 10 Concepts That Matter In Technology

    Mike Murphy
    8 May 2014 | 1:16 pm
    We IT professionals are always looking for ways to make our lives easier. It’s not because we are lazy—although, some of the best solutions out there require the least amount of human intervention. The reason is because our goal is to provide the best reliability, stability, and service to the business possible. So if the ...
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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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  • 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…
  • Learning NSX, Part 15: NSX Gateways, Gateway Services, and Logical Routers

    slowe
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is part 15 of my Learning NSX blog series, in which I will spend some time diving a bit deeper into some of the components involved in the logical routing process I described in part 14. Specifically, I’ll be taking a deeper look at gateway appliances, gateway services, and logical routers, and the relationships among these various components. If you haven’t read any of the prior posts in this series, it would be ideal to read all of them before continuing; you can find links on my Learning NVP/NSX page. In particular, I’d suggest reading part 6 (on adding a gateway…
  • Examining the Needs of a Policy Solution

    slowe
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In April of this year, we started a series of articles at Network Heresy on the topic of policy in the data center. The first of these articles, which I mentioned in this post, focused on the problem of policy in the data center. This was a great introduction to the need for policy and the challenges with the current ways of addressing policy in the data center. A short while ago, we published the second of our series on policy, titled “On Policy in the Data Center: The solution space”. This post describes the key features/functionality that a policy system must have to address…
  • Learning NSX, Part 14: Using Logical Routing

    slowe
    20 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Welcome to part 14 of the Learning NSX blog series, in which I discuss the ability for VMware NSX to do Layer 3 routing in logical networks. This post will also include a look at a very cool feature within VMware NSX known as distributed logical routing. This post will take a closer look at distributed logical routing within the context of an OpenStack environment that’s been integrated with VMware NSX. (Although NSX isn’t necessarily tied to OpenStack, I’ll assume you’re using OpenStack just to simplify the discussion.) If you’re new to this series, you can find…
 
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  • 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…
  • Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances Bring It All Together to Stand Apart from the Storage Crowd

    Jerome M. Wendt
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    There is literally a divergence occurring right now in data storage solutions. On one hand, a number of storage providers seek to deliver highly differentiated storage solutions that work with a broad set of applications and operating systems. On the other, a few providers focus on delivering a storage solution that tightly integrates with one or more applications to deliver unparalleled levels of application performance and ease of management. The latest Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance ZS3 Series with its new OS8.2 provide the best of what both of these categories of storage systems currently…
  • Distinguishing Between the Multi-Tenancy and Virtual Storage Array Features on High End Storage Arrays

    Jerome M. Wendt
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Organizations are becoming increasingly virtualized within their data center infrastructures which is leading them to aggressively virtualize the storage arrays in their infrastructure to complement their already virtualized server environment. As they do so, it behooves them to distinguish between, and have a clear understanding, of each virtual component that makes up their newly virtualized storage infrastructure. The need to clarify this terminology comes clearly into focus as organizations evaluate the multi-tenancy and virtual storage array capabilities found on many high end storage…
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  • 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…
  • Enterprise SSHD and Flash SSD Part of an Enterprise Tiered Storage Strategy

    greg schulz
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Solid State Hybrid Disks (SSHD) are the successors to previous generation Hybrid Hard Disk Drives (HHDD) that I have used for several years (you can read more about them here, and here).While it would be nice to simply have SSD for everything, there are also economic budget realities to be dealt with. Keep in mind that a bit of nand flash SSD cache in the right location for a given purpose can go a long way which is the case with SSHDs. This is also why in many environments today there is a mix of SSD, HDD of various makes, types, speeds and capacities (e.g. different tiers) to support…
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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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    Network Computing:

  • Guide To IaaS Cloud Provider Performance

    Joe Masters Emison
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Choosing an Infrastructure-as-a-service cloud provider? Use these benchmarks to compare AWS, Google, Azure, Rackspace, and more.
  • Where Is Your Cloud?

    Andrew Froehlich
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Depending on its location, a cloud data center may be at risk of natural or man-made disasters. Be sure to weigh the risks of the physical location of your data.
  • 10 Handy WiFi Troubleshooting Tools

    Ericka Chickowski
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    If you need help troubleshooting your wireless networks, here are 10 tools that can help uncover WiFi problems. Bonus: Some are free!
  • Drones: The Next WLAN Menace

    Lee Badman
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    In addition to low-tech corporate spying, the remotely piloted aircraft could facilitate attacks on WLANs. The WLAN security industry is starting to respond.
  • Network Security: An Oxymoron In The Cloud Era?

    Rajat Bhargava
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Network security as we know it won't survive the migration to the cloud. New approaches are needed.
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    Free IT - Storage Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • 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!
  • Move Forward With Cloud and Mobile, Securely

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Mobile and cloud. Your employees want them. Your company needs them. But how do you secure them while respecting employee privacy? This white paper explores the limitations of existing security solutions on the market and explores an entirely new approach where both IT and employees win. Download this white paper to learn more.Request Free!
  • SDN and Cloud Computing

    18 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    After a review of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and its close cousin Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), this white paper addresses three main deployment scenarios: SDN without deploying cloud computing, cloud computing without deploying SDN, and deploying cloud computing in conjunction with SDN. We'll look at use cases, when the approach makes sense, and any applicable limitations.Request Free!
  • The Essentials of Virtualization - Free Kit

    15 Jul 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:Where to Go Once Your Servers Are VirtualizedIBM Simplifies IT Management with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) on System x ServersVirtual Patching: Lower Security Risks and CostsVirtual Desktop Acquisition Cost AnalysisRequest Free!
  • Comparing Storage Connectivity: IBM Flex System vs. Cisco UCS

    11 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Flash based storage offers efficient and fast access to frequently accessed data but the server and network infrastructure needs to be designed for high performance connectivity.This paper compares two connectivity options for Flash based storage: IBM Flex System using 16Gb Fibre ChannelCisco UCS using FCoE connection Based on testing conducted by Evaluator Group.The IBM Flex System solution delivered 4x faster response time with 50% fewer cables compared to the Cisco UCS solution.Learn more by downloading and reading this paper.Request Free!
 
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    Paragon Software Blog

  • Paragon Software releases new Paragon HFS+ for Windows® 8/8.1 Free Edition

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Data sharing between Mac OS X and Windows 8 domains is a real problem, as Windows doesn’t know anything about HFS+. Paragon has the solution! Paragon HFS+ for Windows® 8/8.1 Free Edition is a driver that provides full read-write access to HFS+/HFSX partitions on any type of disks under Windows 8/8.1. Based on Paragon’s proprietary cross-platform Universal File [...]
  • Paragon Protect & Restore earns high marks in TopTenReview’s 2014 ranking of Best Server Backup Software

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    Paragon Protect & Restore Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution Wins Top Spot in Professional Support, Receives Highest Possible Ratings Across Four Major Review Categories Paragon Protect & Restore (PPR) – image-based backup and disaster recovery (BDR) software – has earned a 9.83 out of 10 points possible in TopTenReview’s 2014 ranking of Best Server Backup [...]
  • The latest Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X is available to Mac OS X Snow Leopard users at no charge!

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    The FREE program includes all the latest features and supports multiple languages! Paragon Software grants Mac OS X Snow Leopard users full licenses of Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X Snow Leopard free of charge. Paragon NTFS for Mac OS X Snow Leopard is designed to eliminate barriers between Windows and Mac and provides complete support of [...]
  • Paragon Software boosts its top-rated Backup & Recovery 2014 Free edition with new enhanced features

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    11 Jun 2014 | 2:28 am
    The only free backup solution on the market to offer WinPE recovery surpasses 1 million downloads on Cnet, with millions of downloads on other major portals worldwide! Newly updated Paragon Backup & Recovery 2014 Free is the most advanced free backup and recovery tool available on the market. The top-ranked Paragon Backup & Recovery 2014 Free edition [...]
  • New Paragon Hard Disk Manager 14 Hyper-V Preview is available to SMBs for free download!

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    21 May 2014 | 5:51 am
    Agentless backup for Hyper-V clients – fast, free, absolutely unique! Available for FREE download until June 30th, 2014 Paragon Hard Disk Manager 14 Hyper-V Preview is designed to protect virtual machines hosted by Microsoft Hyper-V. Unlike traditional backup tools designed to work with physical machines, it can operate at the virtualization layer, employing MS VSS (Volume [...]
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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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    onthenetOffice Official Blog

  • 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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