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  • Software Defined Data Centre Concerns for CIOs

    Storage
    20 Jun 2014 | 6:16 am
    You can’t have a successful Software- defined model if your team still have a hardware-defined mentality. Change is inevitable and whether it's embraced or not it will happen. For experienced CIOs this is not the first time they've experienced this technological and consequently cultural change in IT.
  • Latency in all-flash arrays

    StorageMojo
    Robin Harris
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:04 am
    StorageMojo has been writing about latency and flash arrays for years (see The SSD write cliff in real life), with a focus on data from the TPC-C and SPC-1 benchmarks. The folks at Violin Memory asked me to create a Video White Paper to discuss the problem in a bite-size chunk. Latency is the long pole Steven Swanson’s and Adrian M. Caulfield’s work at the University of California San Diego found that with a 4Kbyte disk access, the standard Linux software stack accounted for just 0.3% of the latency and 0.4% of the energy consumption. With flash however, the same software stack…
  • Ubuntu, cloud-init, and OpenStack Heat

    Scott's Weblog
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    In this post I’d like to share a couple of things I recently learned about the interaction between cloud-init and OpenStack Orchestration (aka “Heat”). This may be stuff that you already know, but in the interest of helping others who may not know I’m posting it here. One issue that I’d been repeatedly running into was an apparent “failure” on the part of Heat to properly apply cloud-init configurations to deployed Ubuntu instances. So, using a Heat template with an OS::Nova::Server resource defined like this would result in an instance that apparently wasn’t reachable via SSH…
  • Software-Defined Infrastructure Enables Greater Innovation in IT

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    Hu Yoshida
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    If you google the acronym IT, you will see definitions that look like this one from Wikipedia which has been unchanged over the last 30 to 40 years: “Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data, often in the context of a business or other enterprise.” This generally accepted definition of IT is more about infrastructure technology than it is about information technology. Information technology certainly depends on infrastructure but also includes application technology, the technology that…
  • How doomed is NetApp?

    StorageMojo
    Robin Harris
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    The current turmoil caused by plummeting cloud storage costs, new entrants sporting modern architectures and the forced re-architecting due to flash and upcoming NV memories is a perfect storm for legacy vendors. Some are handling it better than others, but some, like IBM and NetApp, appear to be sinking. NetApp is signalling that their 2015 sales may not reach expected levels – not a surprise – and that more layoffs – on top of the ≈1500 in the last couple of years – could come soon. The latest troubling sign from NetApp is the failure of their FlashRay project to…
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  • Software-Defined Infrastructure Enables Greater Innovation in IT

    Hu Yoshida
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    If you google the acronym IT, you will see definitions that look like this one from Wikipedia which has been unchanged over the last 30 to 40 years: “Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data, often in the context of a business or other enterprise.” This generally accepted definition of IT is more about infrastructure technology than it is about information technology. Information technology certainly depends on infrastructure but also includes application technology, the technology that…
  • NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT ENTERPRISE STORAGE

    Hu Yoshida
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    TBR’s Data Center Server and Storage Market Forecast indicates revenue growth in the global data center flash storage market will exceed all other server and storage sub-segments from 2014 to 2018, rising at a 22.9% CAGR to more than $13.5 billion while external data center disk storage revenues will shrink at a 5.3% CAGR to nearly $18.1 billion. For those who believe that only new-style AFAs can succeed in this market, it  would seem to have a dampening effect on the enterprise storage market. In terms of Hitachi Data Systems, we continue to do well with our enterprise storage arrays.
  • Joint Webinar with VMware and HDS – Delivering Simplified Scalable IT with VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes and Hitachi Storage

    Hu Yoshida
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    I began 2015 with blog on Hitachi Storage for Virtual Volumes, arguably the most discussed storage technology in recent years. In February of this year Hitachi Data Systems announced the early support for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVOLs), simplifying customers’ cloud journey and extending the value of Hitachi’s rich infrastructure solutions. VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes is a major technological advancement in the storage ecosystem that can solve several key issues for customers: overprovisioning of storage, inflexibility to perform granular data services, complex…
  • Hitachi Partners To Build A Big Data Marketplace for Copenhagen’s Green Initiative

    Hu Yoshida
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:55 pm
    On March 2, 2015 Hitachi Consulting was chosen to build an innovative Big Data Platform for Denmark’s capitol, Copenhagen, to improve the quality of life in the Copenhagen area, to stimulate business activity, and to help achieve its ambitious goal to be carbon neutral by 2025. What is unique about this Big Data platform is that it is being built in partnership with the City of Copenhagen, Capital Region (the administrative region within and around Copenhagen), the Danish cluster organization, CLEAN and a consortium of partners to establish a city-wide big data marketplace for the sale…
  • Transforming the IT Culture: Going Beyond Collaboration to Innovation

    Hu Yoshida
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:43 am
    Today all CIO’s are adjusting to the world of SMAC, Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud. IDC refers to this as the third platform, which is changing the focus of IT as mainframes and client/server models have done in the past. Crawford Del Prete, the Chief Research Officer of IDC, has been quoted as saying that CIOs must embrace the 3rd platform. He believes that the third platform will drive sustainable growth, but will require stronger IT and business collaboration and CIOs will play a pivotal role in driving digital business transformation. Otherwise CIOs will only exist as procurers…
 
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  • How doomed is NetApp?

    Robin Harris
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    The current turmoil caused by plummeting cloud storage costs, new entrants sporting modern architectures and the forced re-architecting due to flash and upcoming NV memories is a perfect storm for legacy vendors. Some are handling it better than others, but some, like IBM and NetApp, appear to be sinking. NetApp is signalling that their 2015 sales may not reach expected levels – not a surprise – and that more layoffs – on top of the ≈1500 in the last couple of years – could come soon. The latest troubling sign from NetApp is the failure of their FlashRay project to…
  • EMC’s DSSD hiring is exploding

    Robin Harris
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:24 pm
    DSSD, the Valley startup acquired by EMC last year (see EMC goes all in with DSSD) is continuing to hire at an accelerating rate. Informed sources put the current DSSD team at 160 heads with plans to grow it to 800 over the next year. This is a program in a hurry. Hiring such numbers in the very tight Silicon Valley job market today is expensive, where even new graduates command 6 figures – and need it to afford an apartment with only one roommate. But given that VMAX needs a low latency backend to replace the uncompetitive VMAX disk infrastructure, the rush is understandable. Rotating…
  • Latency in all-flash arrays

    Robin Harris
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:04 am
    StorageMojo has been writing about latency and flash arrays for years (see The SSD write cliff in real life), with a focus on data from the TPC-C and SPC-1 benchmarks. The folks at Violin Memory asked me to create a Video White Paper to discuss the problem in a bite-size chunk. Latency is the long pole Steven Swanson’s and Adrian M. Caulfield’s work at the University of California San Diego found that with a 4Kbyte disk access, the standard Linux software stack accounted for just 0.3% of the latency and 0.4% of the energy consumption. With flash however, the same software stack…
  • EMC’s missing petabytes: the cost of short stroking

    Robin Harris
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:34 pm
    A couple of weeks ago StorageMojo learned that a VMAX 20k could support up to 2400 3TB drives, it can only address ≈2PB. Where did the remaining 5 petabytes go? Some theories were advanced in the comments, and I spoke to other people about the mystery. No one would speak on the record, but here’s the gist of the received wisdom. Different strokes for different folks Short stroking is the short and best answer. Short stroking uses the outermost tracks – the fastest, densest, and capacious tracks – to punch up drive performance. By reducing head shift time and maximizing…
  • Help StorageMojo find the VMAX 20k’s lost petabytes!

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

  • This week in Prague - Systems Technical University

    TonyPearson
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:09 pm
    This week I am in beautiful Prague, Czech Republic, for the Systems Technical University, April 21-24. Here are the topics that I will be presenting this week: Date Time Title Tuesday 15:00 IBM's Smarter Storage Strategy 16:15 Software Defined Storage -- Why? What? How? Wednesday 09:00 IBM's Cloud Storage Options Thursday 09:00 What is big data? Architectures and Practical use cases 13:45 New Generation of Storage Tiering: Less management, Lower Costs and Increased Performance 17:30 Meet the Storage Experts - Q&A Panel Friday 11:20 The Pendulum Swings Back -- Understanding…
  • World Backup Day 2015

    TonyPearson
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Every year, March 31 marks "World Backup Day". Sadly, many people forget the importance of backing up their critical information. This is not just true for businesses, non-profit organizations and government agencies, but also for all of your personal information that you keep on computer devices. My friends over at Cloudwards had developed an awesome infographic related to World Backup Day. Here it is. (FTC Disclosure: I work for IBM, which has no business relationship with Cloudwards. Cloudwards does not itself provide backup services, but rather reviews services provided by…
  • The Software Defined Quadrant

    TonyPearson
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:44 am
    Well it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements! In my previous post, [How is Software Defined different than what we have now?], I explain how software can enable self-service automation through a "Control Plane" to request IT infrastructure resources, and a "Data Plane" to provision those resources. IBM has chosen three particular Software Defined Environments. At one end, IBM is a platinum sponsor of OpenStack which supports x86 servers, POWER systems and z System mainframes. A problem with open source projects like this, however, is that…
  • How is Software Defined different than what we have now?

    TonyPearson
    17 Feb 2015 | 11:33 am
    Well it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements! Today, IBM announced an exciting new addition to the IBM System Storage™ product line, [IBM Spectrum Storage™], a family of software defined storage offerings. To understand its significance, I need to explain a few things first. Software defined storage is part of a larger concept of software defined environment. How is software defined environment different than what you have now? In every data center, you need to map business requirements of an application workload with an appropriate set of IT…
  • Happy MLK Day!

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

    Administrator
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    Imagine how amused I was when, in researching the presentation I will be delivering in London this Tuesday on Business Continuity in a Non-Stop World, I ran across a guest blog by a DRaaS vendor dissing tape.  Mr. Ledbetter of Zetta argued that you needed to use a cloud based DRaaS provider because cloud backup […]
  • Software-Defined Storage Meets LTFS Tape

    Administrator
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Continuing my interview from IBM InterConnect 2015 with Clod Barerra, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technical Strategist for IBM System Storage, our conversation took an unconventional direction.  Given the propensity of SDS to “flatten” storage infrastructure (eliminating tiers of storage by replacing them with simple direct-attached storage nodes), I was curious to learn how Big Blue would bring […]
  • Getting Ready for Another IT-SENSE Brown Bag Webinar

    Administrator
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    Mark your calendars for High Noon (Eastern Time) Wednesday 8 April — one week from today — for the next Brown Bag Webinar from IT-SENSE.  This time, we are going to tackle the topic of Avoiding Snake Oil in Software-Defined Storage.  My guest will be Anatoly Vilchinsky of StarWind Software and together we will try […]
  • Another Perspective on Software-Defined and Hyper-Converged

    Administrator
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:53 pm
    At IBM InterConnect 2015, I had the opportunity to sit down with Clod Barerra, Distinguished Engineer and Chief Technical Strategist for IBM System Storage, for an ad hoc discussion of software-defined storage, hyper-converged infrastructure, and IBM’s evolving strategy for both.  We were supposed to focus on XIV, which IBM has returned to a pure software […]
  • Thank you…Thank you…Thank you!

    Administrator
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Mucho gracias!  Molto grazie! Merci beaucoup!  Danke schoen!  Arigato gozaimasu!  Большое спасибо!  And so forth… To everyone who made today’s webcast, A Hype-Free Guide to Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, a big success.  I am told that attendance was four times what was expected and most everyone stayed to the end.  Sponsor DataCore Software was delighted (they called me a […]
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    Architecting IT Blog

  • vSphere vDS SPAN port with Wireshark in 2 minutes

    Rob Lyle
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    I often find myself searching for facts to dispel “hearsay” and guesswork in troubleshooting discussions between the Network and Windows VM teams.  This article is intended to show just how straightforward it is to use the VMware distributed switch SPAN port capability, to put a virtual sniffer on a virtual port on a virtual distributed ...
  • SFD7 – Connected Data, Transporter and Private “Cloud” Storage

    Chris M Evans
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    In the IT community I wonder if there is anyone who hasn’t at least tried out (if not heavily used) Dropbox, Box, Google Drive or one of the many other “sync-n-share” cloud storage offerings.  As a refresher for those of us familiar (or new information for those not aware), cloud-based storage solutions provide the ability to ...
  • SFD7 – Catalogic Software Addresses Data Copy Management

    Chris M Evans
    1 Apr 2015 | 3:35 am
    About 10 years ago I worked on a project for a large bank where we put in place the ability to replicate test data from the production environment to a third array deployed in a lower cost data centre.  The whole design was perhaps overly complex, with scripting required to re-establish replicated LUNs when switching between ...
  • Storage Field Day 7 – Initial Thoughts

    Chris M Evans
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:07 am
    Storage Field Day 7 (11-13 March 2015) proved to be yet another impressive and thought provoking event, with lots of new ideas demonstrating that the storage industry is one of the most innovative and competitive sections of the technology landscape.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll deep dive into some of the more interesting presentations ...
  • X-IO Technologies Takes SPC-1 Value Top Spot with New All-Flash Array

    Chris M Evans
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
    Following on from HDS and NetApp posting news about their Storage Performance Council SPC-1 benchmark results, we’ve seen another two vendors perform tests that have quickly trumped NetApp in the price/performance category.  Current top spot now goes to X-IO Technologies and their new ISE 800 All-Flash Array, which achieves a $0.32/SPC IOP figure, some 40% lower ...
 
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    Speaking In Tech Podcast

  • SiT #155 – Greg’s Review

    admin
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:06 pm
    You can listen to the episode from the RSS feed, iTunes or on The Register. Show notes and episode details after the jump… Speaking in Tech #155 – Greg’s Review Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we review the Apple Watch, Amazon’s machine learning and Nutanix tries to tackle VMware. Our special guest this week is Mary Ann Gallo from Hitachi Data Systems. This week we discuss… (1:10) Ed delivers a mic and picks up a Drobo (4:15) Daredevil Netflix binge (5:25) Apple watch lands and the reviews are mixed (13:20) Android watches may be…
  • SiT #154 – vStewed

    admin
    7 Apr 2015 | 9:01 pm
    You can listen to the episode from the RSS feed, iTunes or on The Register. Show notes and episode details after the jump… Speaking in Tech #154 – vStewed Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we jump into Pay Pal and OpenStack, Nebula, Jay-Z’s Tidal and Pure IPO speculation. Our special guest this week is Vaughn Stewart from Pure Storage. This week we discuss… (1:10) New celebrity intro plug and Ed gets punked on April Fools Day (5:30) Amazon “Home Services” and Dash NOT an April Fools Joke (12:45) Pay Pal goes OpenStack (17:17)…
  • SiT #153 – Blue Box Jesse

    admin
    1 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    You can listen to the episode from the RSS feed, iTunes or on The Register. Show notes and episode details after the jump… Speaking in Tech #153 – Blue Box Jesse Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we scratch the surface of the Ellen Pao lawsuit, the tech world reaction to Indiana’s new law, Amazon’s unlimited storage and Pay Pal jumping on OpenStack. This week’s guest is Blue Box Founder and CTO, Jesse Proudman. This week we discuss… (0:45) Bouncing back from vacation (1:50) Any lessons learned from Pao loses lawsuit? (4:12)…
  • SiT #152 – 3 Year Anniversary Show

    admin
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    You can listen to the episode from the RSS feed, iTunes or on The Register. Show notes and episode details after the jump… Speaking in Tech #152 – 3 Year Anniversary Show Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we are celebrating our 3rd anniversary with some of our favorite guests including Mark Twomey (aka “Storagezilla”) from EMC, Amy Lewis from SolidFire and Geek Whisperers and Marc Farley from Quaddra Software. This week we discuss… (0:45) Diving into the 3rd year of the podcast (3:30) Yoko Lewis brake cutting (4:30) Recapping the…
  • SiT #151 – Kayaking Buddies

    admin
    18 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
    You can listen to the episode from the RSS feed, iTunes or on The Register. Show notes and episode details after the jump… Speaking in Tech #151 – Kayaking Buddies Hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week we jump into Facebook’s posting rules, Google’s “Nearline” storage, Blackberry tablets and Gold Apple watches. Our special guest this week is tech guru Stephen Foskett from Tech Field Day. This week we discuss… (0:50) Ed’s backup crashes (3:30) El Reg’s sister pub “The Platform” launches (5:20) Kicking…
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  • Evaluating All-Flash Storage Part 1: Mapping out the process

    David Czech
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:34 am
    Many storage architects start off their workday sipping coffee, reading emails, checking on the status of various things in the environment. Mostly just killing time on the often repetitive and boring tasks of provisioning, monitoring, and maintaining the arrays, switches, servers, and other pieces that make up the infrastructure, and fighting any fires that may have flared up recently. Work seems to alternate between incredibly boring and repetitive and incredibly stressful at a moment’s notice. On rare occasions an email or phone call from management will contain the words that are dear…
  • Unstructured Data, the Silent Killer of Your IT Budget: How are you stopping the bleeding?

    Brad Voogel
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Like most organizations, you probably are hosting your unstructured data on traditional NAS platforms. The days of storing this data on these legacy systems are coming to an end. Let’s look at some of the setbacks that plague traditional NAS: Expensive to scale Proprietary data protection – third-party backup software is needed to catalog and index Inability to federate your data between disparate storage platforms onsite or in the cloud High file counts, which can cripple performance, increase back-up windows, and require additional flash technology for metadata management File count…
  • Performance Tuning Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 Part I: Citrix CloudBridge

    Chris Sawicki
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:40 am
    As many companies are making the investment in Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop they want a fast, reliable and secure solution. In this article, we will focus on WAN optimization and performance using the Citrix CloudBridge technologies. Citrix CloudBridge is a unified platform used to accelerate applications across public and private networks, increasing performance and user experience. CloudBridge offers ICA protocol acceleration, QoS, optimization and security for XenApp and XenDesktop. This is an optimal solution for remote or branch offices that have WAN performance issues. CloudBridge…
  • Announcing the New IDS Look

    IDS
    1 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    We are excited to officially introduce you to our refreshed brand, new website and IDS Cloud services branding! IDS has grown exponentially over the past few years. As we took a step back and evaluated our company, we realized our branding and web presence had fallen behind the level of excellence achieved by the services we deliver to our customers. We also realized that because IDS has naturally expanded to include cloud services and IT consulting in addition to our data center integration solutions, we needed branding that would encompass our entire company as we continue to evolve.
  • The Case for Disaster Recovery Validation

    Humayun Khan
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:31 am
    Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) has gotten much attention in the wake of natural and man-made disasters in the recent years. But Executives continue to doubt the ability of IT to restore business IT infrastructure after a serious disaster. And this does not even include the increasing number of security breaches worldwide. By many reports, the confidence level in IT recovery processes is less than 30%, bringing to question the vast amounts of investment poured into recovery practices and recovery products. Clearly, backup vendors are busy – see compiled list of backup products and services…
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    Zerowait High Availability Blog

  • Similarities between the DMV and your OEM Support?

    10 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    We have houses in two states.  We therefore have cars in two states.  However, we can only be a resident of one of those states.  This month one or our cars came due for registration renewal, so we turned to the local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  So far, so good, right?   Not so fast!  In the state where we are no longer residents, a required document to renew a vehicle registration is that state's drivers' license--which we no longer have!  So we contacted the DMV multiple times to see what could be done.  Answers ranged from "you need to…
  • The Reality of QoS and SLA’s on Legacy Filers

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Many NetApp customers around the world have both new and legacy systems and are trying to maintain high availability in a mixed storage infrastructure of different vintages, with different OnTap and firmware versions. In most cases the newer equipment is still covered by the manufacturer’s hardware support warranty, but the older equipment which is also storing critical databases and information is unsupported and maintained with parts that have accumulated in a closet or a desk drawer. Although highly affordable this method is hardly highly reliable; administrators and engineers know that…
  • Big Oil – Big Data – Big Savings

    2 Feb 2015 | 9:39 am
    During the boom of the last few years the oil and gas business bought a lot of storage equipment.  Zerowait has several oil and gas clients that use our NetApp ZPA legacy support, and some have supplemented their NetApp storage with our SimplStor equipment. Now, as the price of oil is declining company IT staffs are looking for efficiencies and easy ways to cut costs and to extend the life of their storage systems; all without affecting uptime or their quality of service. Zerowait has been supporting the NetApp storage of energy resource companies for over a decade and  as their IT…
  • Peak Performance

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    The end of the year is a time for reflection on this year’s events and planning for next year’s business opportunities. Our customers faced a lot of challenges this year and so did we as the economy changed, the internet faced new challenges and new regulations took effect. As the economies of Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and the USA changed this year our business changed to meet the demands of companies and governments with tighter budgets and growing storage requirements. To meet the demand many of our old and new customers wanted to expand their legacy NetApp…
  • U.S. Government Funding Bill Delays IANA Transition

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    http://www.internetcommerce.org/breaking-u-s-government-funding-bill-delays-iana-transition/Breaking: U.S. Government Funding Bill Delays IANA TransitionOn the evening of Tuesday, September 9th, Congressional leaders unveiled a 1,603 page, $1.01 trillion FY 2015 appropriations bill to fund the U.S. government through the end of September 2015. One provision of the omnibus bill would delay the IANA transition until after the September 30, 2015 expiration of the current contract between the NTIA and ICANN. Language in the billstates:SEC. 540. (a) None of the funds made available by this Act may…
 
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    The Storage Team at Microsoft - File Cabinet Blog

  • Finally, a Progress Bar for DFSR Cloning

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:11 am
    Heya folks, Ned here again. I came across a great post at Briantist.com today: a script to create a progress bar for DFSR Database Cloning. We never added a proper GUI for this operation and just relied on people reading the event log or waiting patiently – but Brian had other ideas: Get Progress on DFS Replication Database Cloning Import Nifty Slick and simple, it grovels the DFSR event log progress to build a nice visualization. It even works remotely from your client. Obviously, if cloning works as well as I claim, you won’t need a progress bar – it will be over too fast!
  • Work Folders for iOS - iPhone Release

    Fabian Uhse
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:27 pm
      We are happy to announce that an iPhone app for Work Folders has been released into the Apple AppStore® and is available as a free download.- There also is a Work Folders app for iPad   Overview Work Folders is a Windows Server feature that allows individual employees to access their files securely from inside and outside the corporate environment. This app connects to it and enables file access on an Apple iPhone and iPad. Work Folders enables this while allowing the organization’s IT department to fully secure that data. This app for iOS features an…
  • Microsoft Ignite Storage and HA sessions: Come for the swag, stay for the sessions

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Hi folks, Ned here again. If you have not heard, Microsoft Ignite is coming. If you’re thinking about joining us or already planning your must-see breakouts, here’s a list of the Windows Server vNext Storage and High Availability sessions presented by Microsoft. Truthbombs will be dropped, smackdown will be laid, surprises will be sprung, and announcements will be… eh… announced. I’m not kidding about the loot, either. Some lucky individuals attending Storage Replica sessions will get limited edition “Kalamity Jake the Disaster Ape” stickers. Find…
  • Tell us what you REALLY think of Storage

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    13 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Hi folks, Ned here again to lead with my chin: Are you interested in shaping or influencing the future of storage solutions? The Windows Server team is looking for feedback to help define the next generation of storage. You do not have to use Microsoft storage solutions to respond to this survey or participate in feedback activities. Feedback activities may include surveys, phone interviews or focus groups. If you'd like to participate, please complete this brief 12-question survey. Pow, right in the kissah! - Ned "your punching bag "Pyle
  • Work Folders for iOS – iPad App Release

    Fabian Uhse
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
      We are happy to announce that an iPhone app for Work Folders has been released into the Apple AppStore® and is available as a free download. Continue reading for the iPad app for Work Folders.Our latest update adds Search and Intune integration to the iPad apps as well.     Overview Work Folders is a Windows Server feature that allows individual employees to access their files securely from inside and outside the corporate environment. This app connects to it and enables file access on an Apple iPad. Work Folders enables this while allowing the organization’s…
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    Scott's Weblog

  • Running vSphere on AWS or GCE

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    By now you’ve probably seen or heard the news about Ravello Systems launching Inception—the ability to run nested VMware ESXi on AWS or GCE, including the ability to run VMs on these nested ESXi instances. (Here’s Ravello’s press release.) In my opinion, this is pretty cool, and it opens the door to a lot of different possibilities: upgrade testing, automation testing, new feature testing, hosted home labs (aka “Lab as a Service”). Lots of folks are interested in using this new Ravello functionality for “Lab as a Service.” Here’s Andrea Mauro’s take on this topic. As part…
  • Technology Short Take #50

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #50, the latest in my series of posts sharing various links and articles pertaining to key data center technologies. I hope that you find something useful here! Networking Tyler Christiansen recently published a post on a network automation workflow that was based on a presentation he gave at the SF Network Automation meetup. The workflow incorporates Ansible, git, Jenkins, and Gerrit. If you’re looking for more examples of how to incorporate these sorts of tools into your own network automation workflow, I’d recommend having a look at this article. This…
  • Ubuntu, cloud-init, and OpenStack Heat

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:25 am
    In this post I’d like to share a couple of things I recently learned about the interaction between cloud-init and OpenStack Orchestration (aka “Heat”). This may be stuff that you already know, but in the interest of helping others who may not know I’m posting it here. One issue that I’d been repeatedly running into was an apparent “failure” on the part of Heat to properly apply cloud-init configurations to deployed Ubuntu instances. So, using a Heat template with an OS::Nova::Server resource defined like this would result in an instance that apparently wasn’t reachable via SSH…
  • Running Photon on Fusion via Vagrant

    21 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    Most of you have probably picked up on the news of VMware’s new container-optimized Linux distribution, code-named “Photon”. (More details here.) In this post, I’m going to provide a very quick walkthrough on running Photon on VMware Fusion via Vagrant. This walkthrough will leverage a Vagrant box for Photon that has already been created. To make things easier, I’ve added a photon directory to my GitHub “learning-tools” repository. Feel free to pull those files down to make it easier to follow along. I assume that you’ve already installed Vagrant, VMware Fusion, and the…
  • Running an etcd-Backed Docker Swarm Cluster

    19 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    In this post, I’ll build on a couple of previous posts and show you how to build your own Docker Swarm cluster that leverages etcd for cluster node discovery. This post builds on the information presented on how to run an etcd 2.0 cluster on Ubuntu as well as the information found in this post on running a Consul-backed Docker Swarm cluster. To help you follow along, I’ve created a Vagrant environment that you can use to turn up the configuration described in this blog post. These files are found in the “docker-swarm-etcd” directory of my GitHub learning-tools repository. Feel free to…
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  • Advanced Encryption and VTL Features Give Organizations New Impetus to Use the Dell DR Series as their “One Stop Shop” Backup Target

    Jerome M. Wendt
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    The closer any new solution comes to being non-disruptively introduced into existing organizational backup infrastructures, the greater the odds that the solution will succeed and be adopted more broadly. By Dell including FIPS 140-2 compliant 256-bit AES encryption and VTL features as part of its 3.2 OS release for its existing and new DR series of backup appliances at no charge, organizations have new options to introduce the DR Series appliances without disrupting their existing backup processes. The post Advanced Encryption and VTL Features Give Organizations New Impetus to Use the Dell…
  • It was All About the Petabytes at the NAB Show

    Jerome M. Wendt
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:30 am
    A little over a decade ago when I told people that I was managing three (3) storage arrays with eleven (11) TBs of storage under management, people looked at me with a mixture of shock and awe. Fast forward to 2015 and last week’s NAB conference in Las Vegas, NV, and it was hard to find many storage vendors who even wanted to have a conversation with a customer unless it had at least a petabyte of data under management. The post It was All About the Petabytes at the NAB Show appeared first on DCIG.
  • HP 3PAR StoreServ Management Console Answers the Call for Centralized, Simplified Storage Operations Management without Technical Compromise

    Jerome M. Wendt
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Scalable. Reliable. Robust. Well performing. Tightly integrated with hypervisors such as Microsoft Windows and VMware ESXi. These attributes are what every enterprise expects production storage arrays to possess and deliver. But as enterprises grow their infrastructure, they need to manage more storage arrays with the same or fewer number of IT staff. This requirement moves storage array manageability center stage which plays directly into the strengths of HP 3PAR StoreServ storage arrays and HP 3PAR StoreServ Management Console (SSMC). The post HP 3PAR StoreServ Management Console Answers…
  • The Performance of a $500K Hybrid Storage Array Goes Toe-to-Toe with Million Dollar All-Flash and High End Storage Arrays

    Jerome M. Wendt
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    On March 17, 2015, the Storage Performance Council (SPC) updated its “Top Ten” list of SPC-2 results that includes performance metrics going back almost three (3) years to May 2012. Noteworthy in these updated results is that the three storage arrays ranked at the top are, in order, a high end mainframe-centric, monolithic storage array (the HP XP7, OEMed from Hitachi), an all-flash storage array (from startup Kaminario, the K2 box) and a hybrid storage array (Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 Appliance). Making these performance results particularly interesting is that the hybrid storage array,…
  • DCIG 2015-16 Small/Midsize Enterprise (SME) Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available

    Chuck Cook
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    DCIG is pleased to announce the March 27 release of the DCIG 2015-16 Small/Midsize Enterprise (SME) Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide that weights, scores and ranks more than 90 features of twenty-two (22) hybrid storage arrays from nine (9) different storage providers. The post DCIG 2015-16 Small/Midsize Enterprise (SME) Hybrid Storage Array Buyer’s Guide Now Available appeared first on DCIG.
 
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  • Data Protection Gumbo = Protect Preserve and Serve Information

    Greg Schulz
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:02 am
    Keep in mind that a fundamental role of Information Technology (IT) is to protect, preserve and serve business or organizations information assets including applications, configuration settings and data for use when or where needed. Data protection is a broad topic that spans from logical and physical security to high availability (HA), disaster recovery (DR), business continuance (BC), business resiliency (BR), archiving (including life beyond compliance) along with various tools, technologies, techniques. Keeping with the theme of protect preserve and serve, data protection to be modernized…
  • S3motion Buckets Containers Objects AWS S3 Cloud and EMCcode

    Greg Schulz
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm
    It’s springtime in Kentucky and recently I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Kendrick Coleman to talk about S3motion, Buckets, Containers, Objects, AWS S3, Cloud and Object Storage, node.js, EMCcode and open source among other related topics which are available in a podcast here, or video here and available at StorageIO.tv.
  • Cloud Conversations: AWS EFS Elastic File System (Cloud NAS) First Preview Look

    Greg Schulz
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently announced (preview) new Elastic File System (EFS) providing Network File System (NFS) NAS (Network Attached Storage) capabilities for AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instances. EFS AWS compliments other AWS storage offerings including Simple Storage Service (S3) along with Elastic Block Storage (EBS), Glacier and Relational Data Services (RDS) among others.
  • March 2015 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter

    Greg Schulz
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Besides various college championships, March also has a connection to back up and data protection. Thus this months newsletter has a focus on data protection, after all March 31 is World Backup Day which means it should also be World Restore test day! A reminder on the importance of data protection including backup, BC, DR and related technologies is to make sure they are occuring as planned. Also test your copies and remember the 4 3 2 1 rule or guide.
  • Cloud Conversations: AWS S3 Cross Region Replication storage enhancements

    Greg Schulz
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:01 pm
    There are several regions around the world and up until today AWS customers could copy, sync or replicate S3 bucket contents between AWS regions manually (or via automation) using various tools such as Cloudberry, Cyberduck, S3browser and S3motion to name just a few as well as via various gateways and other technologies. Some of those tools and technologies are open-source or free, some are freemium and some are premium for a few that also vary by interface (some with GUI, others with CLI or APIs) including ability to mount an S3 bucket as a local network drive and use tools to sync or copy.
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  • EMC and Cisco: “Our Love Will Endure Forever”

    Stephen
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:44 pm
    No two companies in history have as lasting and productive a partnership as EMC and Cisco. And that love will go on forever, no matter what you may have heard. In this special April 1 post, I’ll examine all the ways these two were meant for each other. Ever since Cisco launched their UCS line of servers and EMC bought VMware, clueless tech pundits have proclaimed that the love between these two IT giants was doomed. After all, with so much expansion and acquisition, how could they avoid competing? But that’s not going to happen. As EMC CEO Joe Touchy tells me, referring to Cisco…
  • Qumulo Launches To Manage Data At Scale

    Stephen
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    “We’re getting the band back together!” That’s how the pitch must have gone for the founding team at Qumulo, who also happened to create Isilon, now a major product at EMC. But what do you do after creating the most successful scale-out storage platform in history? Add in some advanced data management services and make it a software-only platform! What’s Qumulo? CEO Peter Godman is joined by fellow Isilon alums, Aaron Passey (Chief Architect at Isilon and now Qumulo CTO), Neal Fachan (Distinguished Engineer at Isilon and Amazon AWS veteran, now VP of…
  • Predictable Performance Beats Maximum Speed Any Day

    Stephen
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Everyone wants to be the best, so outrageous claims of supremacy are as old as time. In IT, these claims often revolve around synthetic benchmarks chosen to highlight a system’s performance. Buyers have grown wary of these claims, smartly asking to try before they buy. But predictability is even more important than real-world testing, and this is particularly difficult for storage systems to achieve. Who cares if your storage system “goes to eleven” if it can’t stay there all day long? Jingle Bells and Benchmarks Have you ever listened to the lyrics of the classic…
  • Musing: Could We Replace Ethernet With PCIe?

    Stephen
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:46 am
    Greg “EtherealMind” Ferro recently “mused” that it might be a good idea to replace PCI Express (PCIe) inside servers or rack-scale infrastructure with Ethernet. But this seems to be the exact opposite of the direction the industry is headed. Rather than replacing PCIe with Ethernet, companies like Intel seem set on replacing short-range Ethernet (in rack-scale systems) with PCIe! PCIe vs. Ethernet Greg points out (rightly) that electrical signals copper traces on motherboards are currently limited to 15.75 Gbps in PCIe 4.0. With 16 lanes, this brings us to 252 Gbps…
  • vSphere 6: NFS 4.1 Finally Has a Use?

    Stephen
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Way back in the 1990’s, UNIX admins delighted in upgrading from NFSv2 to NFSv3. Then NFSv4 came around and … crickets. Now VMware has become the first major/useful/mainstream application for NFSv4.1, so the floodgates are open! But are they? A Little History A long, long time ago, when Sun was the dominant server company and x86 was still a desktop CPU, computers needed to share files with each other over the network. Sun, being the dominant server company, created a networked file system called, surprisingly, Network File System or NFS for short. Like most things, it took a…
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    Most Popular White Papers and Webcasts Storage Research

  • Enabling Software Deduplication Across the Enterprise

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Access this white paper to learn how enabling software data deduplication can decrease the amount of data so it can be easily and effectively protected. Read on to learn how software deduplication can maximize critical storage resources, reduce backup costs, and still comply with business SLAs to make your storage as efficient as possible. Published by: Hewlett-Packard Limited
  • Reduce Backup Costs with High-Density Energy-Smart Storage

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Access this white paper to learn about a high-density disk array that avoids common problems usually associated with high-density disk arrays. Published by: Imation Corp.
  • Test Results: Best Practices for a Virtual SAN

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This white paper summarizes the results of a series of tests on one virtual SAN product. These results provide the basis for guidelines on optimal virtual SAN use. Published by: VMware
  • Five Reasons Why You Should Pair VSAN and View

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) is an extremely attractive infrastructure option for supporting your virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) using VMware View for many reasons. Published by: Global Knowledge
  • Backing Up White River Health System Effortlessly

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Access this white paper to learn how one healthcare company successfully increased the reliability of its backups, while decreasing the amount of resources needed for troubleshooting. Read on to discover how implementing hardware deduplication effectively protected PC workstations as well as servers, and reduced overhead of backup administration. Published by: Hewlett-Packard Limited
 
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  • Cloud Conversations: AWS S3 Cross Region Replication storage enhancements

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:39 am
    There are several regions around the world and up until today AWS customers could copy, sync or replicate S3 bucket contents between AWS regions manually (or via automation) using various tools such as Cloudberry, Cyberduck, S3browser and S3motion to name just a few as well as via various gateways and other technologies. Some of those tools and technologies are open-source or free, some are freemium and some are premium for a few that also vary by interface (some with GUI, others with CLI or APIs) including ability to mount an S3 bucket as a local network drive and use tools to sync or copy.
  • Cloud Conversations: AWS EFS Elastic File System (Cloud NAS) First Preview Look

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:28 am
    Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently announced (preview) new Elastic File System (EFS) providing Network File System (NFS) NAS (Network Attached Storage) capabilities for AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instances. EFS AWS compliments other AWS storage offerings including Simple Storage Service (S3) along with Elastic Block Storage (EBS), Glacier and Relational Data Services (RDS) among others.
  • Software Defined Data Centre Concerns for CIOs

    20 Jun 2014 | 6:16 am
    You can’t have a successful Software- defined model if your team still have a hardware-defined mentality. Change is inevitable and whether it's embraced or not it will happen. For experienced CIOs this is not the first time they've experienced this technological and consequently cultural change in IT.
  • Software Defined shouldn't be about Infrastructure

    3 Mar 2014 | 10:35 am
    The focus of a Software Defined strategy should be the applications not the underlying infrastructure
  • The Converged Infrastructure Team - The Silo to end all Silos?

    3 Mar 2014 | 1:07 am
    If you've got an IT problem, if no one else can help and if you can find them, maybe you need to hire a converged infrastructure team...
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  • 2H 2014 Internet Quality Report

    22 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    One-quarter of the time, the Internet fails to deliver the level of application performance required by enterprises.Traditionally, the Internet has been considered too unreliable to support enterprise-level applications. Companies had no choice but to use expensive MPLS to support real-time business collaboration, voice, and video apps.The VeloCloud Internet Quality Report's findings show that a cloud-delivered SD-WAN gives enterprises the ability to use the cost-effective Internet broadband to deliver the levels of performance and…
  • Schneider Electric: Riverbed Cloud Steelhead Appliances Support IT Migration to Cloud Computing, SaaS and IaaS

    21 Apr 2015 | 1:50 pm
    SteelHead appliances deliver LAN-like performance for applications running in the data centers, and have reduced optimized traffic volume across the WAN by an average of 75% leading to fewer bandwidth upgrades. Interceptor appliances avoid costs related to data center disruptions and help control capital expenses. In addition, Cloud SteelHead appliances will save the company money when it moves to cloud computing, as Schneider Electric will only pay for the resources it needs.Request Free!
  • The Essentials of the Cloud - Free Kit

    18 Apr 2015 | 11:50 am
    The Essentials of the Cloud, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Cloud related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Cloud research:5 Critical Considerations for Enterprise Cloud BackupThe Path to Value in the CloudMigrating to the Cloud: Best Practices for Re-Platforming Legacy Enterprise ApplicationsMonitoring the Hybrid Cloud: Evolving to the CloudSOCRequest Free!
  • SANS Critical Security Controls: From Adoption to Implementation

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:20 pm
    The Critical Security Controls (CSCs), a well-known roadmap for enterprise information assurance published and maintained by the Council on CyberSecurity, is being widely adopted across financial and government sectors, according to the second SANS survey on CSC adoption.Download this report from SANS to find out why more and more organizations of various types consider the CSCs a reliable mechanism to reduce attack surfaces, increase visibility and improve protection and response.Request Free!
  • Migrating to the Cloud: Best Practices for Re-Platforming Legacy Enterprise Applications

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:50 am
    It goes without saying that some legacy applications, such as those with basic two-tier architecture and minimal integration points with other systems, are relatively simple to re-platform without sacrificing performance or functionality.On the other hand, other systems, such as highly distributed systems or those with low latency or high-volume demands, require a far more deliberate approach to re-platforming.In addition, not all legacy applications are good candidates for migration. Cloud, Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) come with their own challenges.In this…
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  • LedgerDocs Case Study: A Freelance Graphic & Web Designer

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    A freelance graphic designer and production artist with over 10+ years of advertising experience, Derek Dudzinski decided to build his own business in 2001 and dive into the world of entrepreneurship. With a wide range of experience, Derek offers his clients a variety of services including website development, e-marketing campaigns, and a variety of graphic design projects.
  • How LedgerDocs is Making Tax Season Simple

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:33 pm
    The months of January through April are often known as the busiest months for bookkeepers and accountants and consists of hours on end of preparing and auditing their client’s annual financial statements while also focusing their attention on personal tax returns.
  • LedgerDocs Application Release v5.1

    19 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    We have been working hard here at LedgerDocs to add a number of features that have been based around the feedback from our users. We value your emails and phone calls and hope that you continue to help us shape LedgerDocs with continued improvements.
  • Easily Collect & Collaborate on Documents from Clients – Q&A

    16 Feb 2015 | 5:47 pm
    Our team loves hearing from bookkeepers and accountants – in fact, we speak with them on a daily basis, and they all have one thing in common: they are looking for a way to make their practice more efficient, while creating a value add for their clients by offering a personalized approach to bookkeeping and accounting.
  • Introducing the Brand New LedgerDocs Website

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:46 pm
    The past year has been exciting for the LedgerDocs team, and we have been working hard to add a selection of tools and features, on both our website and our application, dedicated to streamlining the bookkeeping and accounting process.
 
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