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  • IBM’s Q1 storage pain – amputation imminent

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    Robin Harris
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    When my children were little and cried due to a scraped knee, I would examine it gravely and then say: “This looks bad! Time to amputate!” That quieted them right down and, to my relief, they’ve grown up to be functional human beings working – of all things – in high tech. But that was a joke. With IBM storage I wouldn’t be joking. Amputation is imminent. And needed to keep shareholders happy. According to Storage Newsletter, IBM storage revenue is in an accelerating slide: The StorageMojo take My, that looks grim. But why? The sale of the IBM’s…
  • Fusion IO Flash Storage Accelerates In-Memory SQL Server 2014 Database up to 4x

    Architecting Beyond Twenty Fourteen » Storage
    admin
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Fusion IO has jumped on-board the Microsoft SQL Server 2014 in-memory features and has claimed up to 4x improvements in transaction per second and substantial reduction in data latencies.  A nice little Fusion IO video that introduces SQL Server 2014: Fusion ioMemory integrates into the SQL Server 2014 database engine buffer pool to improve IO throughput. The lower price points of the PCIe flash card products will no doubt put pressure on flash arrays. Fusion IO has written a nice white paper detailing how their cards accelerate SQL Server 2014 by leveraging the new In-Memory features. Using…
  • What is the next step in Storage Virtualization?

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    Hu Yoshida
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    In 2004 Hitachi Data Systems introduced the Universal Storage Platform, USP, which was the first storage array that could attach and virtualize third party Fibre Channel storage arrays. Instead of following other vendors by doing virtualization through an appliance that added complexity and another layer of management in the Storage Area Network, Hitachi chose to do virtualization through the storage controller.  By virtualizing external storage through the USP controller, the virtualized arrays could inherit the latest capabilities of the USP and be managed through the USP management…
  • Could The Age of IT Automation Finally Be Here?

    Stephen Foskett, Pack Rat» Virtual Storage
    Stephen
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:21 am
    Tech Field Day is a wonderful way to learn the strategic direction of enterprise IT companies, and perhaps no one gets a better view of that than I. After all, I attend Wireless Field Day, Networking Field Day, Storage Field Day, and Virtualization Field Day, hearing about the latest developments in tech, from distributed WiFi designs to software-defined networking and network function virtualization to software-defined storage to cloud. And through it all, there is one unifying thread: Automation. To be sure, automation is nothing new to IT. In fact, we’ve been fighting the automation…
  • Is Storage the Killer App for Software-Defined Networking?

    Stephen Foskett, Pack Rat» Virtual Storage
    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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  • Continuous Cloud Infrastructure: Taking Storage Virtualization to the Next Dimension

    Hu Yoshida
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Continuous Cloud Infrastructure: Taking Storage Virtualization to the Next Dimension Today, Hitachi Data Systems  announces the next step in storage virtualization, taking it to the next dimension to provide a continuous cloud infrastructure. When Hitachi announced Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) with its modular architecture, we marketed it as 3D storage with the ability to scale up with the addition of cache modules and Intel processors, scale out with front and back end director boards, and scale deep through virtualization of external storage. Last week I blogged about the progression of…
  • What is the next step in Storage Virtualization?

    Hu Yoshida
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    In 2004 Hitachi Data Systems introduced the Universal Storage Platform, USP, which was the first storage array that could attach and virtualize third party Fibre Channel storage arrays. Instead of following other vendors by doing virtualization through an appliance that added complexity and another layer of management in the Storage Area Network, Hitachi chose to do virtualization through the storage controller.  By virtualizing external storage through the USP controller, the virtualized arrays could inherit the latest capabilities of the USP and be managed through the USP management…
  • Business – Not Company Size – Should Define Storage Infrastructure

    Hu Yoshida
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Traditionally, storage has been defined as either midrange or enterprise, based on the assumption that midrange or smaller customers did not need the performance and availability of larger enterprise customers. As a result, midrange storage could be built on a simpler, lower cost, dual controller architecture, where one controller supported the other controller in an active/passive mode. In other words, the data that was being stored in one controller cache was copied into the other controller cache so that if the primary controller failed the data in its cache could be protected and…
  • Internet of Things and Train as a Service

    Hu Yoshida
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Last week I was in the UK and had an opportunity to get an update on the Hitachi Train project, which was initially installed for the London Olympics. There has been a lot of progress in the past four years. Mechanized rail transport first appeared in England in the 1820s, almost 200 years ago. Today there is a major initiative underway in the UK to convert its 40-year-old, diesel, intercity train system to electric trains using innovative technology from Hitachi. The Internet of things, where sensors and machines are interacting with each other, will play a major role in this project. These…
  • Gartner’s Critical Capabilities Provides Transparency

    Hu Yoshida
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Gartner has long been a major influencer in many technology markets. Many CIO’s include Gartner’s research assessment to support their evaluations before they make a buying decision.  Up to now, Gartner’s research methodology was comprised of the Magic Quadrant, also known as the Magic window for the graphical way that technology providers are positioned in four quadrants representing their position as Leaders, Visionaries, Niche Players and Challengers. For emerging or mature markets, Gartner’s MarketScopes is represented as the best tool to help clients understand how the…
 
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  • IBM’s Q1 storage pain – amputation imminent

    Robin Harris
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    When my children were little and cried due to a scraped knee, I would examine it gravely and then say: “This looks bad! Time to amputate!” That quieted them right down and, to my relief, they’ve grown up to be functional human beings working – of all things – in high tech. But that was a joke. With IBM storage I wouldn’t be joking. Amputation is imminent. And needed to keep shareholders happy. According to Storage Newsletter, IBM storage revenue is in an accelerating slide: The StorageMojo take My, that looks grim. But why? The sale of the IBM’s…
  • EMC gets the Cisco Whiptail lash

    Robin Harris
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    We knew this moment would come. According to William Blair, a British broker, their data networking and storage tracker (as quoted by the most excellent Chris Mellor in The Reg) sees that Despite Cisco’s public commentary about not wanting to leverage its Whiptail acquisition (renamed Invicta) as a stand-alone enterprise storage system, our industry contacts indicate that the Cisco salesforce is enthusiastically selling the all-flash-array as a stand-alone platform and competing directly against vendors such as Pure and EMC/XtremIO in the field. Cisco is also bundling the platform with its…
  • EMC up to old tricks

    Robin Harris
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    EMC World is in Las Vegas this year, a short drive from the StorageMojo Global HQ. Requested a press pass in February. No response. Repeated request a couple of weeks ago and got this answer: At this time the press and analyst programs are at full capacity and we are not able to accommodate any additional requests. After all, there are only thousands of people attending. StorageMojo = back-breaking straw. Or persona non grata? Whatever. The StorageMojo take When it comes to petty behavior, EMC has never shaken its testy South Boston ways. I’ve often thought – hoped – that…
  • Avere makes cloud NFS fast & safe for the enterprise

    Robin Harris
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:34 pm
    This is big. In new SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 tests Avere’s FXT 3800 clustered edge filers achieved something remarkable: performance using Cleversafe and Amazon S3 cloud backends that were every bit as good as local backing stores. Avere tested 4 systems: A 32-node FXT cluster with simulated cloud access latencies using a 75ms network delay in each direction. A 3-node cluster using local storage configured under ZFS. A 3-node cluster using Cleversafe secure cloud storage. A 3-node cluster using Amazon S3 backend cloud storage. Avere architecture in brief From a StorageMojo post a year ago,…
  • Off to NAB 2014 – and beyond!

    Robin Harris
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    As a reward for good behavior StorageMojo’s top analysts will be attending NAB for a couple of days. Today the HP briefing this afternoon and the ShowStoppers official press event this evening. Then it is a very full day Monday – mostly in the lower South Hall – reviewing the latest in media storage presented at the show. Stay tuned here and on ZDNet. Then its back to the lonely and lovely high desert mountains of Northern Arizona. See picture above. Feel free to say hi. The StorageMojo take CES is a toy store for consumers. NAB is a toy store for media professionals.
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  • Systems Technical University Day 3 Breakout sessions

    TonyPearson
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Continuing coverage of the [Systems Technical University 2014] conference, I attended several breakout sessions on day 3. Step Right Up! Take your presentation skills to the next level Glenn Anderson presented this session under the guise of "Professional Development". Whether you are new to public speaking and looking for some guidance, or are an experienced A-list celebrity looking to gain a few pointers, this session covered it all. Some of my favorites: Presentations are not Documentation! If a presentation had all the information to stand on its own, nobody would even bother to…
  • Systems Technical University Day 2 breakout sessions

    TonyPearson
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    Continuing coverage of the [Systems Technical University 2014] conference, we had an early morning awards ceremony to celebrate top sellers that led big wins in Europe for FlashSystems, XIV, Power Systems, and PureSystems. Afterwards, there were several breakout sessions on day 2. Storage Technology Futures -- fresh from IBM research labs, tomorrow in your datacenter Axel Koester presented several projects from IBM Research labs that have contributed to actual products, including the incredible scalability of [PERCS] that was incorporated into IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS). Cloud…
  • Systems Technical University Day 1 breakout sessions

    TonyPearson
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Continuing coverage of the [Systems Technical University 2014] conference, we had several breakout sessions on day 1. IBM Smarter Storage Strategy I presented IBM's Smarter Storage Strategy. This is focused on three key areas: Data-intensive Solutions. Storage is needed for Big Data analytics. IBM is focused on efficiency in all dimensions: capacity efficiency with data footprint reduction techniques, energy efficiency, administrator efficiency with ease-of-use interfaces, and reduced complexity. Business-critical workloads. Storage needs to allow business to prioritize which applications and…
  • Systems Technical University 2014 Keynote sessions

    TonyPearson
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:06 pm
    The first official day of the [Systems Technical University 2014] conference had keynote sessions in the morning. The conference features experts from IBM Power Systems, IBM System x, IBM PureSystems, and IBM System Storage. The keynote sessions were started with Amy Purdy, IBM Director of Technical Training Services, the group that is running this conference. This conference is not focused on System z solutions, as many of the System z clients were in New York City for this birthday event, but it came up several times during the keynote sessions. Amy offered a special [Happy 50th Birthday to…
  • Arrived Safely to Istanbul Turkey

    TonyPearson
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I have arrived safely to Istanbul, Turkey for the [Systems Technical University 2014] conference. The conference will feature experts from IBM Power Systems, IBM System x, IBM PureSystems, and IBM System Storage. Here is the view from my hotel window. Up until the 19th century, this was open countryside. Around 1890, the Bomonti brothers from Switzerland set up a brewery, which was moved to this section of town in 1902, becoming the first Turkish brewery. In 1934, the brewery was nationalized and became the Istanbul Tekel Beer Factory. The Hilton Bomonti hotel where the conference is being…
 
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  • Data Protection at Edge 2014

    Administrator
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Preamble:  The FTC requires that I disclose a fiduciary relationship with IBM in connection with Edge 2014.  I will be blogging from the show, both in text and video, and actively tweeting my thoughts about what I see and hear.  Apparently, anything I write about the show is considered compensated work, even though IBM does […]
  • IBM Edge 2014 On The Radar

    Administrator
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    I am busily preparing for my week-long adventure at IBM Edge 2014 in Las Vegas.  I will be there from May 19 through May 23 mostly attending the show and hanging out at the Social Media Lounge, but also teaching a few sessions at Tech Edge. One thing I am keen to pursue is Big […]
  • Spectra and CommVault Team Up

    Administrator
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Announced today, tape (and capacity no frills disk) maker Spectra Logic is teaming up with data management/protection software maker, CommVault, to deliver cooperative solutions.  I see this as a potential big win for both companies and possibly a boost for object storage, which Spectra has pioneered in the archive space with last year’s Deep Storage/Black […]
  • A Software-Defined Life (SDL)

    Administrator
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:32 am
    Jon woke up this morning, groaning from a software-defined hangover (SDH), and slipped his feet into his software-defined slippers while pulling on his software-defined robe.  5:45AM.  Later than normal, he thought.  Poor Orchestration of his virtual resources pooled for ease of deployment.  Must talk to his virtual IT department using his software-defined network when the […]
  • While We’re At It

    Administrator
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    On April 8, IBM will be livestreaming its Mainframe 50th Anniversary event that you don’t want to miss.  The mainframe hit corporate world in 1964 and changed everything.  I met my first one in 1980-ish and fell in love.  Frankly, all of the cloud stuff and the virtualization woo that I read and see today […]
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  • Pure Storage Raises a Further $225m for a $3B Valuation

    Chris M Evans
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    Pure Storage announced today that they have raised a further $255 million in a round F investment.  This puts the total raised by the company so far to $470 million for a valuation of $3 billion.  So far the funds raised have been: Series A – $5m, October 2009 Series B – $20m, August 2010 ...
  • SolidFire Releases Element OS Version 6

    Chris M Evans
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    In anticipation of the upcoming Storage Field Day 5, this post will discuss the new features made available by SolidFire with the release of version 6 of Element OS, the software that drives their storage system.  Much of this information was discussed at the first SolidFire Analysts’ Day, held in February 2014.  If there’s a ...
  • SDDC Symposium 2014

    Chris M Evans
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    In conjunction with Storage Field Day 5, the Tech Field Day folks are holding another Storage Defined Data Centre event on Tuesday 22nd April 2014 at the Santa Clara Convention Centre.  This is a busy week for storage events, as SNIA is holding it’s Data Storage Innovation Conference at the same location; Tech Field Day ...
  • Storage Field Day 5: New Vendor Added – Scale Computing

    Chris M Evans
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:24 pm
    This week brings me to San Jose and the next Storage Field Day (number 5) from Stephen and folks on the Tech Field Day team.  I previously posted some background information on the presenting companies and since then the team have announced that Scale Computing has been added to the list. Scale Computing is one ...
  • IaaS Series: Cloud Storage Pricing – How Low Can They Go?

    Chris M Evans
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
    With recent “price wars” between Google, Amazon and Microsoft, the cost of storage in the cloud has never been cheaper.  The question is, how long can these vendors keep reducing their prices and are we any closer to the bottom as far as Infrastructure as a Service is concerned? The latest price drops from the ...
 
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  • Adventures in cMode Migrations: Part One

    Brad Voogel
    1 Apr 2014 | 9:44 am
    On paper, a 7-Mode to the Clustered Data OnTap (“cDOT”) migration can seem fairly straightforward. In this series, I will discuss some scenarios in terms of what can be very easy vs. what can be extremely difficult. (By “difficult” I’m mostly referring to logistical and replication challenges that arise in large enterprise environments.) The Easy ...
  • Why VDI Is So Hard and What To Do About It

    Ryan Pehrson
    17 Mar 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Rapid consumerization, coupled with the availability of powerful, always-connected mobile devices and the capability for anytime, anywhere access to applications and data is fundamentally transforming the relationship of IT and the end user community for most of our customers. IT departments are now faced with the choice to manage an incredible diversity of new devices ...
  • Why I Joined IDS

    Ryan Pehrson
    10 Mar 2014 | 1:25 pm
    By way of introduction, as this is my first blog posting, I joined IDS in late October and I am deeply honored to lead an award-winning team of elite technologists and architects as the Director of Solutions & Architecture at IDS. A bit about my background: I come to IDS from a large health insurance ...
  • The 4-Step Approach To Building A Highly Effective Project Delivery Machine

    Juan Martinez
    3 Mar 2014 | 5:01 pm
    If you ask different people in different industries what is an effective project delivery organization, most likely you would get many different answers. An organization’s success drivers will determine what area of the project delivery organization gets the most attention. It has been my experience working with large technology companies and valued-added-resellers that most organizations ...
  • Make Your Analytic Environment More Effective and Efficient With Optimized Infrastructure

    Jon Austin
    24 Feb 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Analytics and Big Data are at a crossroads: effectively leveraging Hadoop map-reduce on larger and larger datasets is getting expensive to store and protect. The traditional deployment model consists of name nodes and data node services running on the same hardware as compute layer services (job scheduling and execution). Hadoop File System (HDFS) data is ...
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  • Kicking the Policy Discussion Into High Gear

    slowe
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    Most IT vendors agree that more extensive use of automation and orchestration in today’s data centers are beneficial to customers. The vendors may vary in their approach to providing this automation and orchestration—some may prefer to do it in software (VMware would be one of these, along with other software companies like Microsoft and Red Hat), while others want to do it in hardware. There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach, naturally, and customers need to evaluate the various solutions against their own requirements to find the best fit. However, the…
  • Crossing the Threshold

    slowe
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week while attending the CloudStack Collaboration Conference in my home city of Denver, I had a bit of a realization. I wanted to share it here in the hopes that it might serve as an encouragement for others out there. Long-time readers know that one of my projects over the last couple of years has been to become more fluent in Linux (refer back to my 2012 project list and my 2013 project list). I gave myself a B+ for my efforts last year, feeling that I had made good progress over the course of the year. Even so, I still felt like there was still so much that I needed to learn. As so…
  • Technology Short Take #40

    slowe
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #40. The content is a bit light this time around; I thought I’d give you, my readers, a little break. Hopefully there’s still some useful and interesting stuff here. Enjoy! Networking Bob McCouch has a nice write-up on options for VPNs to AWS. If you’re needing to build out such a solution, you might want to read his post for some additional perspectives. Matthew Brender touches on a networking issue present in VMware ESXi with regard to VMkernel multi-homing. This is something others have touched on before (including myself, back in…
  • A Follow Up on Linux Network Namespaces

    slowe
    21 Mar 2014 | 11:30 am
    Some time ago, I introduced you to the idea of Linux network namespaces, and provided an overview of some of the commands needed to interact with network namespaces. In this post, I’ll follow up on that post with some additional information on using network namespaces with other types of network interfaces. In the previous network namespaces article, I mentioned (incorrectly, it turns out) that you had to use virtual Ethernet (veth) interfaces in order to connect a namespace to the physical network: It turns out you can only assign virtual Ethernet (veth) interfaces to a network…
  • Modifying QCOW Images with Guestfish

    slowe
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this post, I’m going to talk about a way to modify QCOW2-based images without having to boot up a full-blown virtual machine based on the image. I found this process while trying to change the behavior of cloud-init on the official Ubuntu cloud images from Canonical. While I had successfully built my own Ubuntu 12.04 LTS image for my OpenStack-based home lab (and it worked just fine), I was keen to use Canonical’s official cloud images as they were much smaller (around 250MB versus 1.5GB for my home-built image). Given that disk space is at a bit of a premium in my home lab,…
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  • The HP XP7 Storage Virtual Array Capability Marks the Beginning of the End of the Pain of Data Consolidations and Migrations

    Jerome M. Wendt
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Delivering always-on application availability accompanied by the highest levels of capacity, management and performance are the features that historically distinguish high end storage arrays from other storage arrays available on the market. But even these arrays struggle to easily deliver on a fundamental data center task: migrating data from one physical array to another. The introduction of the storage virtual array feature into the new HP XP7 dramatically eases this typically complex task as it facilitates data consolidations and migrations by migrating entire storage virtual arrays from…
  • Eliminating the Dreaded Blue Screen of Death from the Recovery Process; Interview with StorageCraft’s Chief Evangelist Matt Urmston, Part 1

    Charley McMaster
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The one screen that no system admin ever wants to see is the dreaded blue screen of death (BSOD), especially when doing a recovery. Yet when recovering an application on a different hardware platform, BSODs become a distinct possibility. In this first installment of DCIG’s executive interview with StorageCraft’s Chief Evangelist, Matt Urmston, he explains the features that ShadowProtect offers to minimize or even eliminate the possibility of users encountering BSODs when conducting a recovery. The post Eliminating the Dreaded Blue Screen of Death from the Recovery Process; Interview with…
  • A Deeper Explanation of the Methodology Used in Developing the DCIG Buyer’s Guides

    Jerome M. Wendt
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    In both the write-up found in all DCIG Buyer’s Guides as well as previous blog posts, DCIG has provided explanations and insight into the methodology it uses to arrive at its conclusions and recommendations found in these Buyer’s Guides. However as these Buyer’s Guide are used more widely by end-users, vendors and value-added resellers (VARs) alike to make technology buying decisions, new questions arise. Questions that DCIG receives occasionally concern the credibility of the product data contained in its Buyer’s Guides and the scope of the products that they cover. The post A Deeper…
  • Knowing – and Knowing that You Know – that You can Backup Your Environment; Interview with STORServer’s President Bill Smoldt, Part 1

    Jerome M. Wendt
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ask any system administrator in an enterprise organization how many file and/or operating systems that he or she has to protect and their answer will likely be, “A lot!” This explains why most organizations use multiple backup software solutions and why, even then, they lack confidence that all of their data is backed up. The post Knowing – and Knowing that You Know – that You can Backup Your Environment; Interview with STORServer’s President Bill Smoldt, Part 1 appeared first on DCIG.
  • The Explosion of Companies Producing Video and the Transition to 4K Driving a Refresh of the Entire Video Technology Stack

    Ken Clipperton
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    After two full days spent in the NAB exhibit halls talking with storage vendors, a couple dynamics driving product strategies were clearly in play. The first dynamic is the dramatic increase in the number of companies producing, storing and archiving video. The other dynamic in evidence is how the transition away from analog and standard definition to digital high definition—specifically 4K—video has driven a refresh of the entire video technology stack. The post The Explosion of Companies Producing Video and the Transition to 4K Driving a Refresh of the Entire Video Technology Stack…
 
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  • Lenovo TS140 Server and Storage I/O Review

    greg schulz
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Overall I give the Lenovo TS140 a provisional "A" which would be a solid "A" once the BIOS/firmware issue mentioned above is resolved for VMware, otoh, if you are not concerned about using the TS140 for VMware, then consider it as an "A". As mentioned above, I liked it so much I actually bought one to add to my collection.The post Lenovo TS140 Server and Storage I/O Review appeared first on StorageIOblog.
  • Part II: What I did with Lenovo TS140 in my Server and Storage I/O Review

    greg schulz
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:36 pm
    Overall I give the Lenovo TS140 an provisional "A" which would be a solid "A" once the BIOS/firmware issue mentioned above is resolved for VMware. Otoh, if you are not concerned about using the TS140 for VMware (or can do a work around), then consider it as an "A". Plus I recently also bought one for myself.The post Part II: What I did with Lenovo TS140 in my Server and Storage I/O Review appeared first on StorageIOblog.
  • Nand flash SSD server storage I/O conversations

    greg schulz
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:29 pm
    The following are some of my tips, articles, blog posts, presentations and other content on SSD. Keep in mind that the question should not be if SSD are in your future, rather when, where, with what, from whom and how much. Also keep in mind that a bit of SSD as storage or cache in the right place can go a long way, while a lot of SSD will give you a benefit however also cost a lot of cash.The post Nand flash SSD server storage I/O conversations appeared first on StorageIOblog.
  • Data Protection Diaries: March 31 World Backup Day is Restore Data Test Time

    greg schulz
    29 Mar 2014 | 9:53 am
    World backup day is time to test restore and data protection of data and other digital assets including photos images and documents.The post Data Protection Diaries: March 31 World Backup Day is Restore Data Test Time appeared first on StorageIOblog.
  • Matt Vogt of Computex talks VMware vCOPs in his first ever podcast

    greg schulz
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Not only is this the first appearance by Matt on the StorageIO Podcasts, it is also his first time as a guest on any podcast so I’m honored to host his global debut podcast appearance here. We talk about the role of automation for performance and capacity optimization along with how VMware vCOPs plays an important role.The post Matt Vogt of Computex talks VMware vCOPs in his first ever podcast appeared first on StorageIOblog.
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  • 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…
  • Software-Defined Data Center Symposium, April 22 in Santa Clara, CA

    Stephen
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I’ve written and spoken quite a bit on the “software-defined” future, what it means and how it will come about. Although it seems like a marketing buzzword to some, I feel it is a fairly accurate description of the future of the enterprise and service provider data center. That’s why I’m working to organize the next Software-Defined Data Center Symposium, and am happy to announce that it will be held in Santa Clara, CA on April 22, 2014. Tickets are now available for the SDDC Symposium! Use my name (“Foskett“) as your discount code and receive 25% off…
  • Could The Age of IT Automation Finally Be Here?

    Stephen
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:21 am
    Tech Field Day is a wonderful way to learn the strategic direction of enterprise IT companies, and perhaps no one gets a better view of that than I. After all, I attend Wireless Field Day, Networking Field Day, Storage Field Day, and Virtualization Field Day, hearing about the latest developments in tech, from distributed WiFi designs to software-defined networking and network function virtualization to software-defined storage to cloud. And through it all, there is one unifying thread: Automation. To be sure, automation is nothing new to IT. In fact, we’ve been fighting the automation…
  • Webinar: Size Does Matter (In Storage)

    Stephen
    24 Feb 2014 | 1:02 pm
    I don’t often do webinars, but I am happy to join when the topic, the guests, and the agenda are right. And that’s what I’ve got this week, as I join a Gridstore webinar with two fantastic guests: Geoff Barrall, founder of BlueArc, Drobo, and Connected Data, and George Symons, who you might run into at Legato/EMC or a number of startups since then. Sometimes, size does matter! Our topic this week is “Size Does Matter (In Storage)”, a cheeky phrase that came up in the discussions we’ve had over the past month. Honestly, I wish those planning calls were…
  • Truth in Storage: The Next Generation – Announcing My 2014 Seminar Series

    Stephen
    3 Feb 2014 | 11:09 am
    This year for my Truth in IT seminars, I’m shifting away from virtualization to focus on enterprise storage once again. But this won’t be any ordinary “storage 101” seminar. Rather than trying to talk about every element, I’m focused on what’s new! Next-generation storage technologies are here, from the smallest startups to the established players. For 2014, I’ll focus on the following key components: Major changes in enterprise storage Integration and storage smarts Scaling storage beyond the array Alternatives to enterprise storage arrays Here’s a bit more about each…
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  • 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…
  • Software-Defined Data Center Symposium, April 22 in Santa Clara, CA

    Stephen
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I’ve written and spoken quite a bit on the “software-defined” future, what it means and how it will come about. Although it seems like a marketing buzzword to some, I feel it is a fairly accurate description of the future of the enterprise and service provider data center. That’s why I’m working to organize the next Software-Defined Data Center Symposium, and am happy to announce that it will be held in Santa Clara, CA on April 22, 2014. Tickets are now available for the SDDC Symposium! Use my name (“Foskett“) as your discount code and receive 25% off…
  • Could The Age of IT Automation Finally Be Here?

    Stephen
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:21 am
    Tech Field Day is a wonderful way to learn the strategic direction of enterprise IT companies, and perhaps no one gets a better view of that than I. After all, I attend Wireless Field Day, Networking Field Day, Storage Field Day, and Virtualization Field Day, hearing about the latest developments in tech, from distributed WiFi designs to software-defined networking and network function virtualization to software-defined storage to cloud. And through it all, there is one unifying thread: Automation. To be sure, automation is nothing new to IT. In fact, we’ve been fighting the automation…
  • Top VMware Blogs 2014: How I Voted

    Stephen
    25 Feb 2014 | 7:45 am
    Once again, it’s time for vSphere-Land.com’s “Top vBlog” voting. And once again Feedbin and Twitter are full of hundreds of bloggers lamely begging for me to vote for them. And once again, I didn’t base my votes on their begs or my own hunches. Follow along as I explain how I actually voted and why I think you should use the same mechanism. And no, I’m not going to say who I voted for! I’ve Been Voting All Year I think most people vote based on gut reaction or knee-jerk response: “I recognize that blog so I’ll vote for it.”…
  • Making a Case For (and Against) Software-Defined Storage

    Stephen
    9 Jan 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Storage is turning up everywhere these days! Everyone is talking about “software-defined” everything lately, so it was only a matter of time before industry buzz turned to software-defined storage. VMware and EMC really stoked the flames with a constant barrage of marketing directed in this direction. But how exactly do you software-define storage? And what does this mean? It’s always amusing to see how others react when one company comes up with a new innovation in buzz: Some obediently hop on board, others claim they’ve always been there, and a few deride the whole thing as just…
 
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  • Buy Savvy….

    Martin Glassborow
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    Howard has a piece titled ‘Separating Storage Startups From Upstarts’; it actually feels more like a piece on how to be a technology buyer and how to be a savvy buyer. As someone who on occasion buys a bit of technology or at least influences buying decisions…here’s some of my thoughts. List price from any vendor is completely meaningless; most vendors only seem to have list prices to comply with various corporate governance regimes. And of course having a list price means that the procurement department can feel special when they’ve negotiated the price down to…
  • New Service Offering…

    Martin Glassborow
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    I like sales people and marketeers; they are often nice, genuine and good people….mostly! But.. I’ve got a new service to offer; if you think that you’ve invented a new product sector, a new market, a new concept…email me and we’ll arrange a call. If you can convince me that you’ve invented a completely new concept; the call is free and I’ll even write a blog on it but I won’t pimp your product. If I call ‘Bullsh*t’, you buy me something off my Amazon wishlist and I won’t laugh at you in public! And I’ll give you a…
  • All The Gear

    Martin Glassborow
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    IBM are a great technology company; they truly are great at technology and so many of the technologies we take for granted can be traced to back to them. And many of today’s implementations still are poorer than the original implementations. And yet IBM are not the dominant force that they once were; an organisational behemoth, riven with politics and fiefdoms doesn’t always lend itself to agility in the market and often leads to products that are undercooked and have a bit of a ‘soggy bottom’. I’ve been researching the GSS offering from IBM, GPFS Storage…
  • Hats and Homes..

    Martin Glassborow
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    As Chad breaks his principles to pimp his product and go negative on the other guy here; he hits on something interesting, well I think it’s interesting. It’s how a product becomes a feature; in this case ‘sync n’ share’ functionality. We’ve seen products become features before; deduplication has moved from being a product to becoming a feature of most storage arrays. And I don’t think it’ll be too long before we see it beginning to appear in consumer storage devices either. But ‘Sync n’ Share’ is of a whole different order;…
  • Fundamental…

    Martin Glassborow
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:41 pm
    I’m a big fan of Etherealmind and his blog; I like that it is a good mix of technical and professional advice; he’s also a good guy to spend an hour or so chatting to, he’s always generous with his time to peers and even when he knows a lot more than you about a subject, you never really feel patronised or lectured to. I particularly liked this blog, myself and Greg are really on the same page with regards to work/life balance but it is this paragraph that stands out..   Why am I focussed on work life ? After 25 or so years in technology, I have developed some level of…
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    Network Computing:

  • Edge Devices Are The Brains Of The Network

    Orhan Ergun
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    In any type of network, the edge is where all the action takes place. Think of the edge as the brains of the network, while the core is just the dumb muscle.
  • The Upside Of The Software-Defined Datacenter

    Ivan Pepelnjak
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Ivan Pepelnjak explains one of the benefits of a well crafted datacenter network.
  • The Wireless Perfect Storm

    Lee Badman
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Lee Badman explores where WiFi is headed in light of the combined complexity of factors like SDN, 802.11ac, and LTE.
  • The Ideal Physical Network

    Martin Casado
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Martin Casado describes how he envisions the most functional physical network, using the model of a chassis switch and backplane.
  • Interop

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    September 29-October 3, 2014
 
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  • The Essentials of Virtualization - Free Kit

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:20 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:Top 10 Reasons to Strengthen Information Security with Desktop VirtualizationSeven Virtualization DR MythsWhere to Go Once Your Servers Are VirtualizedRequest Free!
  • BCP Software vs. DIY: How to Make the Most Important Decision in Business Continuity Planning

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Learn why and what you need to take into account to ensure resiliency by downloading this infographic. We take a revealing look at the pros and cons of business continuity planning software vs. the do-it-yourself options available and help you make a case for a solution that provides increased confidence and better outcomes.Request Free!
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    7 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    SSL (FQDN) Request Free!
  • SAP HANA on Cisco UCS. The Q&A

    3 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    SAP HANA combines database, data processing, and application platform capabilities in-memory. The platform provides libraries for predictive, planning, text processing, spatial, and business analytics.Request Free!
  • ESG: The IBM FlashSystem 840: Technical Evolution to Deliver Business Value

    2 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    In this white paper, you will learn how this high-speed storage technology has tremendous potential to support I/O-intensive and/or latency-sensitive applications. Discover how a well-chosen, well-implemented flash-based system can have positive effects such as faster response times, lower TCO, smaller data center footprint, or speedier or more frequent application updating.Request Free!
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    Enterprise Storage

  • IBM Announces New Flash Storage Capabilities at the Mainframe 50 Event

    MaryHall
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:03 pm
    IBM VP  Tom Rosamilia Announces new IBM Flash Capabilities at the Mainframe 50 event This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the IBM Mainframe. Yesterday at the IBM Mainframe 50th Anniversary celebration in New York City, IBM announced, new flash storage capabilities. IBM announced a high-performance flash enclosure on IBM DS8870 to accelerate System Z database performance. Speaking to a sold out audience at the Mainframe 50 celebration, IBM Vice President Tom Rosamilia explained the new offerings. “The next generation of flash storage on IBM DS8870 can provide faster time to insight…
  • IBM’s C-Suite Survey Results Emphasize Cloud Application Delivery in a Flash

    MaryHall
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    IBM C Suite Study Infographic Flash Storage is a hot topic in the market right now.  It saves users time, money and can help make data more easily accessible.  To understand better why is flash the one of the hottest topics in the market today, I asked IBM’s Vice President & Business Line Executive, for Flash Systems, Michael Kuhn to explain flash in the context of the currently technology big picture, meaning cloud, big data and the advance of mobile. IBM’s C-Suite survey results emphasize the importance of cloud for application delivery   Robust  cloud application…
  • IBM Announces High Performing FlashSystem 840

    MaryHall
    22 Jan 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The IBM FlashSystem 840 Last week, at a standing room only event on the New York Stock Exchange, IBM announced the general availability of the new IBM FlashSystem 840. The new system provides nearly double the bandwidth and double the performance — 1.1M IOPS — of its predecessor, the FlashSystem 820 — making it ideally suited for analytical databases, virtualization infrastructures, and public and private clouds. [1} Supporting up to 48 terabytes of usable capacity in a 2U unit, the all-Flash array also features IBM MicroLatency technology that significantly speeds data…
  • IBM to Announce Flash Storage Technology News on Jan 16, 2014

    MaryHall
    7 Jan 2014 | 10:21 am
    IBM VP Michael Kuhn’s preview of the upcoming flash news from IBM It’s a fact that flash storage is one of the hottest technologies for IT professional dealing with the problem of Big Data sprawl. That’s because flash storage offers a way to reduce storage space while increasing performance. That’s really the holy grail of managing an effective data center.  On Jan. 16, 2014, IBM will announce innovations for their storage suite.   Storage Community members, IBM Customers and Business Partners are invited to join a special web broadcast to hear the news.  “We…
  • MSP Cegeka Enhances Speed and Increases ROI with IBM Flash Storage

    MaryHall
    1 Nov 2013 | 1:20 pm
    Luc Greefs, Director of Shared Technology and Infrastructure Delivery at Cegeka Flash Storage has been touted as a way to increase the amount of big data an organization is able to store as well as a way to  economize.  With Flash Storage, many customers have reported increase performance and scaleability.   Recently, Managed Services Provider (MSP) , Cegeka, turned to IBM Storage virtualization and Flash technologies to help them keep pace with their clients storage needs. “We are growing very fast and part of that is due to the fact that we are continuously looking for innovative…
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    Paragon Software Blog

  • Paragon USB plugin for Total Commander [Android] is on testing!

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    Paragon Software invites all interested Android users and IT enthusiasts to join beta testing of Paragon USB plugin for Total Commander [Android] Paragon USB plugin is designed to access NTFS formatted USB disks via Total Commander file manager without root access. With plugin installer you can read, copy or play your media files directly from NTFS [...]
  • Paragon Software launches “Pure Channel” Program to ignite demand, streamline sales cycles and drive profitable business growth for IT channel partners

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    New Channel Program Focuses on Award-Winning Paragon Protect & Restore Image-Based Backup and Disaster Recovery Product Line for Physical, Virtual and Hybrid Server Environments Paragon Software Group has announced the  Paragon “Pure Channel” Program, an aggressive new go-to-market initiative that will fuel stronger revenues for Paragon channel partners, expedite sales cycles and deliver powerful new enablement and demand [...]
  • Goodbye, Windows XP – see you in the virtual environment

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    On April 8th, 2014, Microsoft will be terminating its support and technical assistance for Windows XP, including the automatic security update. This marks the end of an era. Are you still using Windows XP? If so, you should know that the end of Windows XP support will provide compatibility problems and security risks for Windows XP [...]
  • World Backup Day 2014

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:57 am
    Paragon Software invites everyone to join the World Backup Day 2014 celebration! We would like to remind our users about the significance of personal data backup by offering the best commercial software for free. March 31st until April 2nd, we are giving away Backup&Recovery 14 Compact on Paragon Facebook! Additionally, the company gives you a chance to win [...]
  • Paragon Software invites Mac users to test its new migration tool

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:17 am
    Join Paragon’s Beta Testing Program to test out Paragon Drive Copy for Mac® OS X Beta – a unique solution for smooth data migration! Paragon Drive Copy for Mac® OS X is an intuitive user-friendly wizard that will help you make an exact clone of your Mac’s disk or any of its volumes to another disk or [...]
 
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    onthenetOffice Official Blog

  • 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…
  • onthenetOffice SharePoint Application Hosting

    Jason Pietryga
    31 Jan 2014 | 4:36 pm
    onthenetOffice Hosted SharePoint is more accessible (it can be accessed from anywhere with any Internet-connected computer, tablet, or smartphone); more secure (it’s protected by our enterprise-level 4-D Security System); more cost-effective (it doesn’t require the purchase of any onsite servers or the hiring of any on-premise IT personnel); more scalable (it’s possible to add users and storage to it at any time); and faster and more reliable (it comes with SMX Speed Technology and 24x7x365 infrastructure monitoring and maintenance) than a locally-installed version of Microsoft…
  • Infographic: Hire Out of State with Hosted Desktops

    Jason Pietryga
    30 Jan 2014 | 11:56 am
    According to a recent survey cited by the Wall Street Journal, only 19 percent of American businesses plan to hire new employees in 2014. Many of the businesses not planning on hiring this year would probably change their minds if they knew that they could hire workers from other cities and states where the cost of labor is lower. By signing up for onthenetOffice Hosted Desktops, for example, businesses can hire people anywhere in the United States, and provide them with all of the same IT resources that onsite employees have access to (onthenetOffice Hosted Desktops are anywhere-accessible…
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    My Cup of IT

  • Who’s Your Favorite Beatle?

    Steve O'Keeffe
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:39 am
      J, P, G, or R? Do You Want to Know a Secret? It’s 50 years since Shea Stadium.  She Was Just 17 – and so’s O’Keeffe & Company,MeriTalk’s sister organization.  They Say It’s Your Birthday.  So, we’re hosting the Fab 4on May 15 at the State Theatre in Falls Church.  You’re invited to Twist and Shoutwith us. Know it’s still a few weeks away, but Tomorrow Never Knows.  We’re offering you a Ticket to Ride.  I am a Loser and I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party – here’s your chance to Please, Please Me by joining us fromAcross the Universe,…
  • Friendly Fire?

    Steve O'Keeffe
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Friendly Fire? The National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 requires GAO to provide DoD with an annual IT management physical.  The components need to give blood, cough, and pee in a cup to ensure they’re healthy on IT cost and schedule, as well as on track to deliver functionality and performance.  GAO just released a new study – “Major Automated Information Systems (MAIS):  Selected Defense Programs Need to Implement Key Acquisition Practices.” The report looks at 15 of DoD’s 42 MAIS – across Air Force, Army, DLA, and Navy/Marine Corps.  If you’re tracking…
  • A Dose of Data?

    Steve O'Keeffe
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    A Dose of Data? If an apple a day keeps the doctor away – seems a storage array will pick you right up.  That, according to the new Big Data Curestudy just prescribed by MeriTalk.  The report’s based on a survey of Fed execs working in agencies with healthcare missions. So, let’s take a look at the chart.  Sixty two percent say big data will improve patient care in the Department of Veterans Affairs and Military Health Systems.  Sixty percent say big data will enhance their ability to deliver preventative care. Out of the Lab But, this is more than an academic exercise.  One in…
  • Share and Share Alike?

    Steve O'Keeffe
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Share and Share Alike? My mother told me it was good to share my toys.  Seems Uncle Sam can cut costs by sharing tech toys.  That, according to a new MeriTalk study – Shared Services: Ready or Not?.  The study’s based on a survey of 138 Fed IT execs at the MeriTalk Cloud Computing Brainstorm in January.  For the multitaskers, too busy to read the study, the takeaways are below. Rampant Redundancy GAO reports 777 supply chain systems and more than 600 HR systems strewn across the Fed IT playground.  Someone’s not sharing… And the study puts the first numbers…
  • Big Five in Overdrive

    Steve O'Keeffe
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Big Five in Overdrive Let’s change gears for this week’s circuit.  Chance to step outside the Beltway and look under the hood in the mega-billion dollar state and local IT race.  How’s transformation going – what’s fast and who’s furious? If Uncle Sam’s modernization plans around cloud, data center consolidation, cyber security, big data, and mobility could use a tune up – seems the states are generating a lot of horsepower, but running into transmission issues.  This according to a new MeriTalk study, the Big Five in Overdrive: Are State and Local Networks Ready? Okay,…
 
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    Architecting Beyond Twenty Fourteen » Storage

  • Fusion IO Flash Storage Accelerates In-Memory SQL Server 2014 Database up to 4x

    admin
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Fusion IO has jumped on-board the Microsoft SQL Server 2014 in-memory features and has claimed up to 4x improvements in transaction per second and substantial reduction in data latencies.  A nice little Fusion IO video that introduces SQL Server 2014: Fusion ioMemory integrates into the SQL Server 2014 database engine buffer pool to improve IO throughput. The lower price points of the PCIe flash card products will no doubt put pressure on flash arrays. Fusion IO has written a nice white paper detailing how their cards accelerate SQL Server 2014 by leveraging the new In-Memory features. Using…
  • Flash Storage Highlight : Nimbus Data Receives Top Ranking In Flash Memory Storage Arrays in 2014-15 DCIG Buyer’s Guide

    admin
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    One of the flash arrays that has consistently demonstrated technology advantages and practical use-case advantages is Nimbus Data’s Gemini arrays.  I have mentioned some of their advantages in past posts. They just picked up some accolades from the 2014 DCIG Flash Memory Buyer’s Guide.  In evaluating 39 offerings from 20 companies, Nimbus Data’s Gemini F600 and F400 were selected as Best-in-Class (#1) and Recommended (#2) respectively.  You can read more about the selection process and the win here :    
  • Recommended Presentation : Overcoming Roadblocks to the All-Flash Storage Data Center

    admin
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:21 am
    Nice overview presentation by George Crump, Storage Switzerland and Tom Isakovich, CEO Nimbus Data.  The second presentation just concluded and was good : One nice view of the numerics advancing the industry : Nimbus Data has recently announced a high scale-out solution. An example is that they can deliver one Petabyte in one namespace with a 10 node cluster (not limited to four arrays like some vendors) in a scant half rack (24 RU). Go to more posts on storage and flash storage at http://digitalcld.com/cld/category/storage.
  • Recommended : Kaminario’s Flash Interview with Me

    admin
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Today, Kaminario published an interview they did with me recently. Kaminario offers one of the highest performing flash arrays available and couples a wealth of storage features to it. I recently pointed out Reference Architecture for ESX and in the past highlighted their performance strengths reinforced by the world record performance setting SPC-1 numbers.  I recently was interviewed and today they published the interview in their Flash Interview. You can read the interview here : Go to more posts on storage and flash storage at http://digitalcld.com/cld/category/storage.
  • Recommended Reference Architecture : Scalable Flash Storage for Building a High Performance ESX Cluster

    admin
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:22 am
    Kaminario has an excellent write-up on how they accelerated a mixed workload of SAP which was using Microsoft SQL Server on a VMware cluster. It is an excellent read if you are interested in boosting performance of your ESX cluster and the apps running within it. You can read the full report : Go to more posts on storage and flash storage at http://digitalcld.com/cld/category/storage.
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