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  • VMware Cisco EMC VCE Zen and now server storage I/O convergence

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    greg schulz
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    In case you have not heard, the joint initiative (JV) founded in the fall of 2009 between Intel VMware Cisco and EMC called VCE had a change of ownership today. For those not familiar or who need a recap, VCE was created to create converged server, storage I/O networking hardware and software solutions combing technologies from its investors resulting in solutions called vBlocks.
  • Break Up or Make Up … Tech Companies Place Their Bets in 2014

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    Jerome M. Wendt
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    2014 may eventually come to be characterized as the year of the tech break up. Tech conglomerates such as CA Technologies, HP, IBM and, most recently, Symantec have all opted to go down the “break up” route while others such as Cisco and EMC continue to experience internal and external pressures to pursue this option. But as enterprises look to create more agile, automated, cohesive infrastructures, it may be ultimately leave those such as Dell and Oracle that are opting to "make up" best positioned to deliver on these enterprise demands. The post Break Up or Make Up … Tech…
  • EVO:RAIL TO BECOME PART OF THE UCP FAMILY OF CONVERGED SOLUTIONS

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    Hu Yoshida
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    At VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona, VMware executives announced that Hitachi Data Systems has joined the EVO:RAIL partnership. EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged, VMware powered appliance that is designed for low cost and out of the box deployment. It comes in a 2U, 4-node configuration with up to 16 TB of internal storage and uses VSAN, which I described in my previous post. It has a single software SKU, which includes licensing of vSphere Enterprise Plus, VSAN, vCenter Standard Edition, Log Insight Manager, and EVO Deployment Configuration Manager (DCM) for all four nodes. It is a great cost…
  • Friday hike blogging: West fork, new and improved!

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    Robin Harris
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Finding that the recent fire and monsoon rains had altered the west fork of Oak Creek made me want to go back further up the creek. Without a paddle. So last Sunday I did. Click to enlarge. That’s Steve in the corner. Manou is in the crowd up ahead. Spectacular! In case you couldn’t tell. . . .
  • System Storage Technical University Day 1 Keynote sessions

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    TonyPearson
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    This week, I am in Dublin, Ireland for the [IBM System x, IBM PureSystems and System Storage Technical University] conference. (Note: While Lenovo has officially taken over the System x on October 1st back in the United States, China, and several other countries in Asia and the Americas, it has not yet happened in Europe. This is expected to happen this December. This results in some awkwardness during this period of transition.) Day 1 started off with some keynote sessions. Amy Purdy, IBM Director of Training Services, was the emcee. Gareth Tucker, Director of EMEA for Intel Gareth focused…
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  • EVO:RAIL TO BECOME PART OF THE UCP FAMILY OF CONVERGED SOLUTIONS

    Hu Yoshida
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    At VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona, VMware executives announced that Hitachi Data Systems has joined the EVO:RAIL partnership. EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged, VMware powered appliance that is designed for low cost and out of the box deployment. It comes in a 2U, 4-node configuration with up to 16 TB of internal storage and uses VSAN, which I described in my previous post. It has a single software SKU, which includes licensing of vSphere Enterprise Plus, VSAN, vCenter Standard Edition, Log Insight Manager, and EVO Deployment Configuration Manager (DCM) for all four nodes. It is a great cost…
  • VSAN for Direct Attach Storage and VVOL for Enterprise Storage

    Hu Yoshida
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    In June of last year 2013, VMware announced VSAN. VMware Virtual SAN is embedded in the VMware vSphere kernel and enables clusters of servers with direct attached hard disk drives and solid state drives (HDD and SSD) to create a shared datastore. The management architecture of VSAN enables administrators to specify storage attributes, such as capacity, performance, and availability, in the form of policies on a per VM basis. VSAN brings the benefits of software-defined storage to direct attached storage. Since it eliminates the need for a storage controller, it requires SSDs for read and…
  • Signatures, PINs and Finger Veins

    Hu Yoshida
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    According to the Business Insider “The cost of global payment card fraud grew by 19% last year to reach $14 billion. The cost of U.S. payment card fraud grew by 29% to $7.1 billion.” Last week I was in the Nordics meeting with customers when I had the embarrassing experience of having my credit card declined and having my guest pay for the meal. It turns out that this restaurant would not accept U.S. credit cards that are authenticated with a signature. Europe is using the chip and pin credit card where the chip generates a new transaction code every time it is used and the credit…
  • Hitachi LPARs Provide Safe Multi-Tenant Cloud With Intel E5v3

    Hu Yoshida
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Hitachi’s Intel Xeon based Compute Blade servers (CB 2000 and CB 500) feature an embedded logical partitioning (LPAR) capability implemented in the blade server firmware, based on technology originally developed for Hitachi mainframe and Unix systems to provide platform partitioning for reliability and quality of service for mission critical workloads. When used in a converged solution like the Hitachi Data Systems Unified Compute Platform (UCP), LPARs can be used to consolidate workloads such as scale out SAP or multiple Oracle RAC and non-RAC applications, reducing hardware and…
  • If You Think Your Enterprise is not Using Public Cloud Services? Check Again!

    Hu Yoshida
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Recently I was reviewing a slide deck that marketing had put together and I was struck by a statistic, which I thought was dubious. The claim was that there were 545 cloud services that were in use in the average enterprise. I thought this was way out of line as I looked at my own use of public cloud services like Twitter and LinkedIn. I thought the number must be less by an order of magnitude, so I went to research this on the web and I verified that the 545 number was wrong. The correct number is 738 as of 2Q 2014! This is according to Skyhigh Networks’ recently published “Cloud…
 
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  • Friday hike blogging: West fork, new and improved!

    Robin Harris
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Finding that the recent fire and monsoon rains had altered the west fork of Oak Creek made me want to go back further up the creek. Without a paddle. So last Sunday I did. Click to enlarge. That’s Steve in the corner. Manou is in the crowd up ahead. Spectacular! In case you couldn’t tell. . . .
  • Shadow IT pt. 2

    Robin Harris
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The first post on shadow IT looked at R&D spend. Now we look at CapEx spend – specifically PP&E – property, plant and equipment. That’s where new datacenters, servers, storage and networks go. Big Spend The FY13 PP&E spend in billions from major players: While R&D expense is a proxy for innovation velocity, PP&E is a subtler metric. To the extent that the major cloud providers buy large quantities of kit, they influence the commodity market more than traditional system vendors. Why? Because vendors are no longer on the cutting edge of demand or…
  • The shadow IT industry

    Robin Harris
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    The power of the big IaaS players – Amazon, Google, Facebook, Azure (AGFA) – constitutes a shadow IT industry. It is a shadow because its operations are outside the transparency we take for granted with legacy IT vendors like IBM, HP, Cisco and Oracle. AGFA announces new services, but the tech behind the services is usually secret. We can see some of the effects – the inexplicable investments in high capacity optical or the emergence of SMR drives- but the configurations and economics remain opaque. R&D To get a sense of AGFA’s importance in IT, StorageMojo…
  • Scale and intelligence: lessons from warehouse-scale computing

    Robin Harris
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Why is enterprise infrastructure so costly and inflexible while warehouse-scale computing is cost-effective and flexible? Is it: a) Enterprise infrastructure is too capital intensive? b) Warehouse-scale people are smarter? c) High-scale systems can’t be reduced to enterprise-scale cost effectively? Lucky for you, this is an open-blog exam. Read on. People, machines and scale Greg Ferro wrote a provocative piece on his blog Ethereal Mind titled Human Infrastructure Poverty & Over-Capitalisation In The Enterprise. He argues that enterprises have been conned into spending too much on…
  • Symantec to split – finally!

    Robin Harris
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Multiple outlets are reporting that Symantec (SYMC), which bought storage software leader Veritas for $10.6 billion in 2005, is soon to break itself up into a security company and a storage software company. SYMC segments their business into User Productivity & Protection, Information Security, and Information Management. The Information Management segment includes backup and recovery, archiving and eDiscovery, storage and high availability solutions, i.e. the old Veritas. IM’s revenue (FY14 $2.5B) has been flat for the last 3 years while gross margins and operating income has…
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  • System Storage Technical University Day 1 Keynote sessions

    TonyPearson
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    This week, I am in Dublin, Ireland for the [IBM System x, IBM PureSystems and System Storage Technical University] conference. (Note: While Lenovo has officially taken over the System x on October 1st back in the United States, China, and several other countries in Asia and the Americas, it has not yet happened in Europe. This is expected to happen this December. This results in some awkwardness during this period of transition.) Day 1 started off with some keynote sessions. Amy Purdy, IBM Director of Training Services, was the emcee. Gareth Tucker, Director of EMEA for Intel Gareth focused…
  • System Storage Technical University This week in Dublin Ireland

    TonyPearson
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    This week, I am in Dublin, Ireland for the [IBM System x, IBM PureSystems and System Storage Technical University] conference. Here are the sessions that I will be speaking at: Day Time Session Monday 14:30 IBM Smarter Storage Strategy Tuesday 16:15 Cloud Storage Options Wednesday 09:00 What is Big Data? Architectures and Practical use cases 10:30 New Generation of Storage Tiering: Less management, lower investment and increased performance 16:15 IBM Archive Storage Solutions - Data Retention for Government Compliance and Industry Regulations 17:45 Meet the Storage Experts Thursday 14:30 Data…
  • 2014 Storage Announcements for October 6

    TonyPearson
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Well it's Tuesday again, and you know what that means? IBM Announcements! (Ha Ha! It is actually Monday. Some of these announcements were originally scheduled for October 28, but with [Enterprise 2014 conference] this week, and the [IBM System x, IBM PureSystems and IBM System Storage Technical University] next week, IBM executives moved up the date!) We have a lot to cover, so I will do the quick recap today, and then go in-depth on subsequent posts. IBM FlashSystem 840 and V840 The FlashSystem now offers a high-voltage 1300W power supply. There are two supplies providing redundancy. In…
  • I know what I did last summer in Tennessee!

    TonyPearson
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Hello everyone! I am back, fully well-rested from a wonderful 3-week vacation touring the lovely state of Tennessee. Here's a quick recap: (FCC Disclosure: I mention various companies and products in this blog post. I have no financial interested in any of them, nor have I received any compensation to mention or endorse them here.) Lynchburg Our first stop was Lynchburg, TN, home of [Jack Daniel's], America's oldest whiskey distillery. Our tour guide, Ron (who both looked and sounded like [John Goodman]) took us first to see how they burn wood to make charcoal, then the natural…
  • IBM Announces TDMF v5 and zDMF v3

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

    Administrator
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    I inadvertently said that our next IT-SENSE webinar was tomorrow, Wednesday, at noon.  It is in fact on Thursday at noon EST.  I am overly energized, I guess, and anxious to get going with this discussion of the vulnerabilities that are being encouraged by agile mainframe data center hype.  Please join us on THURSDAY at […]
  • High Noon on Agile Mainframe Data Centers

    Administrator
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    The agile mainframe data center idea is being promoted by everyone from CA Technologies to IBM to the many hardware and software peddlers that crowd the increasing number of mainframe oriented events happening around the world these days.  (Yes, I said increasing number, in recognition that mainframes are once again mainstream for a number of […]
  • Agile: The Unicorn of Contemporary IT

    Administrator
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:54 am
    There is nothing wrong with the idea of agile computing.  In fact, I would argue that it reflects a set of values and goals that have defined my role in IT over the years. Who doesn’t want an IT service that responds quickly to business needs, one that can turn on a dime as the […]
  • Miss Me?

    Administrator
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    August was a busy month and just whipped by.  I did several webcasts for 1105 Media/Virtualization Review/Redmond Magazine.  Wrote a bunch of articles and columns for the trade press and took a staycation that found me mending and painting and building — basically catching up on the honey-do list. Now that September has arrived, I […]
  • Finally, A Sensible Statement About Clouds

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

    Chris M Evans
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:11 am
    I don’t normally write blog posts that follow up on other people’s discussions however having seen some of the tweets relating to Nigel’s blog post on VSA versus VSAN, I realised my comments on the subject would stretch to an entire post of their own.  So here it is. The discussion (although I haven’t listened ...
  • SolidFire Raise a Further $82m and Releases 3rd Gen Hardware

    Chris M Evans
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Last week, SolidFire Inc, a startup in the “all-flash array” sector of the storage market announced a further $82 million in funding for the company, bringing their total investment to date to $150 million.  The new funds will be used for further expansion of the company’s business.  As well as raising money, two new hardware ...
  • Hewlett Packard Splits In Two

    Chris M Evans
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    Overnight news officially broke that Hewlett Packard Inc is to divide its business into two, focusing on PCs and printing through HP Inc and enterprise services and hardware through a company to be called Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.  Meg Whitman will run one (Hewlett-Packard Enterprise) and chair the other (HP Inc). The idea of spinning off parts ...
  • EMC XtremIO Destructive Upgrade Demonstrates Architecture Matters

    Chris M Evans
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    News has emerged about a potential upgrade issue with the latest version of O/S code for the EMC XtremIO all-flash platform.  As discussed in this blog post, the upgrade to XIOS 3.0 is not simply disruptive but is destructive.  According to Chris Mellor’s post, the reason for the destructive nature of the upgrade is to ...
  • VMworld 2014: VAIO – vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering

    Chris M Evans
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    One of the more interesting announcements at VMworld 2014 this year was a technology called VAIO or vSphere APIs for I/O Filtering.  This new feature was detailed in session TEX1492 (although I didn’t see it) and will allow 3rd party vendors to insert code in the form of a filter driver and deployed as a ...
 
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  • WAN vs. WAN Optimization

    Mike Murphy
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Last week, I compared Sneakernet vs. WAN. And I didn’t really compare the two with any WAN optimization products—just a conservative compression ratio of around 2x, which can be had with any run-of-the-mill storage replication technology or something as simple as WinZip. But today, I want to show the benefits of putting a nice piece ...
  • Troubleshooting SMB 2.1 Data Migration To NetApp

    Brad Voogel
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    With the advent of Clustered Data ONTAP (cDOT) and SMB 3.0, a lot of the legacy SMB issues you’d typically run into have all but been rectified in Microsoft’s update to their protocol. However, a move to Server 2012 is in order to take advantage of SMB 3.0. A lot of IT organizations have the ...
  • Sneakernet vs. WAN: When Moving Data With Your Feet Beats Using The Network

    Mike Murphy
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    Andrew S. Tanenbaum was quoted in 1981 as saying “Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway.” The underlying story on this is written in the non-fiction section of Wikipedia. It was derived from NASA and their Deep Space network tracking station between Goldstone, CA and their other ...
  • Taking an active role in your personal data management and how it affects you.

    Brad Voogel
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    In light of the recent hacking scandals with large national retailers and exploit attacks into celebrity iCloud accounts, taking an active role in personal data security is more relevant than ever. Due diligence and integrity of personal data is ultimately our responsibility as end users. Especially so, as retailers continue to lobby Washington against upgrading ...
  • Why Thinking Like A Child Matters In Business And IT

    Mike Murphy
    8 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    They say that youth is wasted on the young. Children often have the luxury of acting without thinking, doing and then failing, and then just getting back up again with little more cost than a scraped knee and a bruised ego. When I become old enough to drive, I would explore every road I could. ...
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  • Come see Windows Server Technical Preview sessions at TechEd Europe next week!

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Hi folks, Ned here again. I will be presenting at TechEd Europe in Barcelona Oct 28-31, with my focus on Storage Replica. There are plenty of great presentations on our latest Windows Server 2012 R2 tech and dives into new Windows Server Technical Preview solutions, such as cluster rolling upgrades, scale out storage changes, the new MS Cloud Platform System done in partnership with Dell, storage QoS, and more. Here's a good intro to whet your appetite: CDP-B222 Software Defined Storage in the Next Release of Windows Server - Tuesday, October 28 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM…
  • Storage Replica Guide Released for Windows Server Technical Preview

    NedPyle [MSFT]
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    With the release of the Windows Server Technical Preview, we’ve unveiled a new feature, Storage Replica. Today we released a step-by-step guide to match. Storage Replica enables storage-agnostic, block-level, synchronous replication between clusters or servers for disaster recovery, as well as stretching of a failover cluster for high availability. Synchronous replication enables mirroring of data in physical sites with crash-consistent volumes ensuring zero data loss at the file system level. Asynchronous replication allows site extension beyond metropolitan ranges with the possibility of…
  • Moving users to different Sync Shares

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

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

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

    slowe
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this post, I’ll describe a technique I found for simplifying the use of multi-machine Vagrantfiles by extracting configuration data into a separate YAML file. This technique is by no means something that I invented or created, so I can’t take any credit whatsoever; this is an idea I first saw here. I wanted to share it here in the hopes that it might prove useful to a larger audience. If you aren’t familiar with Vagrant and Vagrantfiles, you might start with my quick introduction to Vagrant. I found this technique after trying to find a way to simplify the creation of…
  • Questions for Photography Enthusiasts

    slowe
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s no secret that I’m something of a photography enthusiast. To me, photography is a relaxing puzzle of how to assemble all the various pieces—setting, lighting, exposure, composition, etc.—to create just the right image. I’m not an expert, but that’s OK; I just do this for fun and to relax. If you’d like to see a small sampling of some of the photos I’ve taken, I publish some of them here on 500px.com. I know that a fair number of folks in the IT industry are also photo enthusiasts, and so I was curious to hear some feedback from fellow…
  • Learning NSX, Part 16: Routing to Multiple External VLANs

    slowe
    13 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is part 16 of the Learning NSX series, in which I will show you how to configure VMware NSX to route to multiple external VLANs. This configuration will allow you to have logical routers that could be uplinked to any of the external VLANs, providing additional flexibility for consumers of NSX logical networks. Naturally, this post builds on all the previous entries in this series, so I encourage you to visit the Learning NVP/NSX page for links to previous posts. Because I’ll specifically be discussing NSX gateways and routing, there are some posts that are more applicable than…
  • Technology Short Take #45

    slowe
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Welcome to Technology Short Take #45. As usual, I’ve gathered a collection of links to various articles pertaining to data center-related technologies for your enjoyment. Here’s hoping you find something useful! Networking Cormac Hogan has a list of a few useful NSX troubleshooting tips. If you’re not really a networking pro and need a “gentle” introduction to VXLAN, this post might be a good place to start. Also along those lines—perhaps you’re a VMware administrator who wants to branch into networking with NSX, or you’re a networking guru who…
  • Closing Comments on Old Posts

    slowe
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:04 pm
    One of the great things about this site is the interaction I enjoy with readers. It’s always great to get comments from readers about how an article was informative, answered a question, or helped solve a problem. Knowing that what I’ve written here is helpful to others is a very large part of why I’ve been writing here for over 9 years. Until today, I’ve left comments (and sometimes trackbacks) open on very old blog posts. Just the other day I received a comment on a 4 year old article where a reader was sharing another way to solve the same problem. Unfortunately,…
 
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  • Break Up or Make Up … Tech Companies Place Their Bets in 2014

    Jerome M. Wendt
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    2014 may eventually come to be characterized as the year of the tech break up. Tech conglomerates such as CA Technologies, HP, IBM and, most recently, Symantec have all opted to go down the “break up” route while others such as Cisco and EMC continue to experience internal and external pressures to pursue this option. But as enterprises look to create more agile, automated, cohesive infrastructures, it may be ultimately leave those such as Dell and Oracle that are opting to "make up" best positioned to deliver on these enterprise demands. The post Break Up or Make Up … Tech…
  • Six Observations about Today’s High End Storage Arrays

    Chuck Cook
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Enterprises investing in today’s high end storage arrays understand the value that these arrays offer in regard to their availability and performance as it can cost upwards of $5,000 for every minute that an application is offline. Applications and data must be available all of the time as any interruption in service can seriously impact a corporation’s revenue and reputation. The post Six Observations about Today’s High End Storage Arrays appeared first on DCIG.
  • Oracle Brings out the Big Guns, Rolls out the FS1 Flash Storage System

    Jerome M. Wendt
    8 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Dedicating a single flash-based storage array to improving the performance of a single application may be appropriate for siloed or small SAN environments. However this is NOT an architecture that enterprises want to leverage when hosting multiple applications in larger SAN environments, especially if the flash-based arrays has only a few or unproven data management services behind it. The new Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System addresses these concerns by providing enterprises both the levels of performance and the mature and robust data management services that they need to move…
  • The Imperative to Move Ahead with Next Gen Backup and Recovery Tools; Interview with Dell Software’s Executive Director of Data Protection Product Development Brett Roscoe Part II

    Jerome M. Wendt
    7 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    New technology always sounds great on the surface. However the ramifications of implementing and then managing it can be daunting, intimidating or both. Yet in the case of next generation... The post The Imperative to Move Ahead with Next Gen Backup and Recovery Tools; Interview with Dell Software’s Executive Director of Data Protection Product Development Brett Roscoe Part II appeared first on DCIG.
  • The Biggest Backup and Recovery Challenges that Enterprises Face Today; Interview with Dell Software’s Executive Director of Data Protection Product Development, Brett Roscoe Part I

    Jerome M. Wendt
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today’s enterprises face more challenges in IT than ever before but perhaps nowhere are these challenges more daunting than in backup and recovery. As enterprises have come to expect 24x7 availability of applications with no data loss, the backend infrastructure must adapt to meet these heightened expectations. Today in the first installment of my interview series with Dell Software’s Executive Director of Data Protection Product Development, Brett Roscoe, we discuss the biggest backup and recovery challenges that enterprises face. The post The Biggest Backup and Recovery Challenges that…
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  • September October 2014 Server and StorageIO Update Newsletter

    greg schulz
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Hello and welcome to this joint September and October Server and StorageIO update newsletter. Since the August newsletter, things have been busy with a mix of behind the scenes projects, as well as other activities including several webinars, on-line along with in-person events in the US as well as Europe.
  • VMware Cisco EMC VCE Zen and now server storage I/O convergence

    greg schulz
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    In case you have not heard, the joint initiative (JV) founded in the fall of 2009 between Intel VMware Cisco and EMC called VCE had a change of ownership today. For those not familiar or who need a recap, VCE was created to create converged server, storage I/O networking hardware and software solutions combing technologies from its investors resulting in solutions called vBlocks.
  • Seagate has shipped over 10 Million storage HHDD’s, is that a lot?

    greg schulz
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:33 pm
    These HHDDs or SSHDs are self-contained in that the flash are built-in to the actual drive as part of its internal electronics circuit board (controller). This means that the drives should be transparent to the operating systems or hypervisors on servers or storage controllers without need for special adapters, controller cards or drivers. In addition, there is no extra software needed to automated tiering or movement between the flash on the HHDD or SSHD and its internal HDD, its all self-contained managed by the drives firmware (e.g. software).
  • Docker for Smarties (e.g. non-dummies) from VMworld 2014

    greg schulz
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Docker is a new way of abstracting applications and the data infrastructures (servers, storage, networking, hardware) they run on using containers. Check out this StorageIO Industry Trends Perspective video podcast to get an overview of docker including hearing from a docker.com systems engineer from VMworld 2014.
  • SNIA announces Cloud Data Management Initiative (CDMI) V1.1

    greg schulz
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    In case you missed it, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) recently released their version 1.1 of its Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) specification.
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  • Take Provisions

    Martin Glassborow
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    Provisioning and utilisation seem to be a perennial subject; there still seems to be a massive problem with large Enterprises who appear to have far too much storage for the amount of data that they store. There are many reasons for this and there is certainly fault on both the customer and vendor side. Firstly, as a customer; you should expect to be able to use all the capacity that you purchase and your internal pricing models should reflect this. Obviously, there is always overhead for data-protection and hot-spares but once this is taken into account, all that capacity should be useable.
  • A Ball of Destruction…

    Martin Glassborow
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    I’m not sure that EMC haven’t started an unwelcome trend; I had a road-map discussion with a vendor this week where they started to talk about upcoming changes to their architecture..my questioning ‘but surely that’s not just a disruptive upgrade but destructive?’ was met with an affirmative. Of course like EMC; the upgrade would not be compulsory but probably advisable. The interesting thing with this one is that it was not a storage hardware platform but a software defined storage product. And we tend to be a lot more tolerant of such disruptive and potentially…
  • Heady Potential Eventually Means Catastrophe?

    Martin Glassborow
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Amongst the storage cognoscenti today on Twitter, there’s been quite a discussion about EMC and HP possibly merging. Most people seem to be either negative or at best disbelieving that something like this would bring value or even happen. But from a technology point of view, the whole thing might make a lot of sense. The storage folks like to point at overlap in the portfolios but I am not convinced that this really matters and the overlap might not be as great as people think. Or at least, the overlap might well finally kill off the weaker products; I’ll let the reader decide…
  • Singing the lowest note…

    Martin Glassborow
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:09 am
    The problem with many discussions in IT, is that they rapidly descend into one that looks and feels like a religious debate; whereas reality is much more complex and the good IT specialist will develop their own syncretic religion and pinch bits that work from everywhere. One of the things that many of us working in Enterprise IT is that our houses have many rooms and must house many differing belief systems; the one true way is not a reality. And any organisation more than fifteen years old has probably built up a fair amount of incompatible dogmas. For all the pronouncements of the…
  • ESXi Musings…

    Martin Glassborow
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    VMware need to open-source ESXi and move on; by open-sourcing ESXi, they could start to concentrate on becoming the dominant player in the future delivery of the 3rd platform. If they continue with the current development model with ESXi; their interactions with the OpenStack community and others will always be treated with slight suspicion. And their defensive moves with regards to VIO to try to keep the faithful happy will not stop larger players abandoning them to more open technologies. A full open-sourcing of ESXi could bring a new burst of innovation to the product; it would allow the…
 
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  • Isilon Solutions Showcase - Tech Talk on Isilon

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    EMC Isilon offers a flexible, easy to manage and highly scalable storage solution. Our OneFS operating system is a single-file, single-volume architecture that delivers high-performance and high-throughput without adding management complexity. This upcoming webinar features a live discussion and technical demo of the Isilon solution. Published by: EMC
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    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    While server virtualization brings numerous benefits, it also creates unique challenges with regards to data backup and recovery. This white paper examines these issues and explores how the Concerto 7000 backup accelerator can offer a solution to many of these problems. Published by: Violin Memory
  • Brian Madden talks to his new favorite storage vendor for 2000+ seat VDI Projects, Violin Memory

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tune into this video to hear from Brian Madden as he speaks with one of the engineers at Violin Memory about their storage products and what distinguishes their flash storage from other competitors on the market. Published by: Violin Memory
  • Accelerating and Scaling Windows File Servers with the Windows Flash Array

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The following white paper explores how Violin and Microsoft have come together to meet the data storage problems that face many organizations today. Published by: Violin Memory
  • Violin Memory Introduces the Concerto 2200

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    James Bond is back, but this time he's got a few new gadgets to help take control of data. Check out this unique vendor parody that introduces Violin Memory's Concerto 2200 and how this state-of-the-art storage solution can help thwart any onslaught of data. Published by: Violin Memory
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  • Are Browser Updates Driving Your Support Team Crazy?

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Did you think switching from Windows client apps to lighter weight web-based apps would solve your application development, deployment and maintenance problems? If you did, but problems associated with constant browser updates, compatibility issues, and security holes are causing headaches, you need to learn about application virtualization with XenApp.Attend this live webcast to learn how XenApp:Efficiently manages your browser-based apps with app virtualizationReduces common security challenges associated with web-based appsDelights your users with faster performing web appsSpeakers:Yvonne…
  • Cloud-Based Enterprise Backup

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Cost-effective. Simple. Secure. Apptix is the first hoster to leverage Simpana 10, the powerful backup software solution with an industry-leading Cloud infrastructure. Back up your company data the right way with advanced functionality, off-site storage, and customized retention periods. All users are empowered to protect, manage, and access their stored data in the event of infrastructure loss, network outages, compliance concerns, or eDiscovery.Enterprise backup and recovery – Store data from any kind of serverEncryption and security – Backed-up data is protected during transfer and at…
  • Servers on Demand

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Whether you're building a start-up or trying to keep technology up and running for a large organization, get the computing power you need fast with Cloud-based Servers on Demand from Apptix. Having the right server resources in place means that you can scale and optimize your IT environment to match your specific requirements.Rapid deployment – Turn services on and off as you need themPay just for what you use – Annual and month-to-month rates with no long-term commitmentAutomated recovery – In the event of computing failuresDevelop virtual environments using virtualized networking,…
  • Securing Your Future in the Cloud

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    To help your organization be the one that does things right, here are 10 questions to consider asking potential cloud vendors, as well as what to look for in their answers. Asking these questions should be part of the due diligence process in evaluating the security practice of a cloud provider. Getting satisfactory answers will help in the decision-making process of selecting the best provider for you.Request Free!
  • Storage Considerations for SharePoint Backups

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Backup and Restore of a SharePoint environment can be a complex endeavor as the product consists of multiple components running at various tiers, each with their own backup and restore requirements. In addition, SharePoint documents are stored as Binary Large Objects (BLOBs) in Microsoft SQL Server, which can consume a large amount of expensive high-speed disk. Finding space to backup all of that data on a regular basis and provide for aggressive Service Level Agreements can subsequently be a challenging task. This storage issue causes a greater burden if you have to keep backups stored for a…
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  • Paragon Protect & Restore 3.5 for businesses of all sizes protects data and restore objectives in virtual and physical environments

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Unified, scalable protection solution for heterogeneous IT infrastructures now with enhanced performance, a new powerful deduplication mechanism, the most efficient Exchange database backup and recovery, protection of virtual machines hosted by Microsoft Hyper-V, Paragon’s proprietary patent-pending data processing techniques and more! Paragon Software Group releases  Paragon Protect & Restore 3.5 – an advanced backup and disaster [...]
  • Paragon Boot Camp Backup Beta is on testing!

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:09 am
    Paragon Software is happy to invite all interested users to test the beta version of the upcoming Paragon Boot Camp Backup! The only solution to back up Windows under OS X provides sector-level backup, incremental imaging, selective restore and much more under OS X 10.10 Yosemite! More key features and benefits Become a beta tester and download the [...]
  • Paragon Software invites their ExtFS for Windows’s users to participate in the survey

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    To gather typical usage scenarious of the product in order to provide better solutions Paragon Software kindly invites all users of ExtFS for Windows to participate in a short survey! We really  hope our users make use of the product and enjoy its convenience. We will be happy to know more about our users’ experience as [...]
  • Hard Disk Manager 15 Preview is available for a free 90-day evaluation!

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:37 am
    A complete data management tool for physical and virtual storage with maximum flexibility for SMBs and enterprises Paragon Software released a free 90-day trial of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Preview, a complete data management solution with flexible physical and virtual backup formats for businesses. HDM 15 supports the right backup formats for a variety of tasks [...]
  • Paragon Software secures two new major OEM partners for its Universal File System Driver technology

    Ksenia Schevjeva
    9 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Global Agreements with Kingston Digital Inc. and ZTE Corporation Boost Paragon Software’s OEM Presence in Worldwide Mobile Device Market and Underscore Its Strength and Innovation in Embedded System Driver Technology Paragon’s  Universal File System Driver (UFSD) solutions have been licensed by leading technology manufacturers Kingston Digital Inc. and ZTE Corporation to fuel mobile product initiatives, allowing them to deliver [...]
 
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