Includes Security, SRM, Cloud, ICM, SaaS, Business Intelligence, Data Warehouse, Database Appliances, NFM, Storage Management.
This section covers all forms of technologies that impact IT infrastructure management. Taneja Group analysts particularly focus on the interplay between server virtualization and storage, with and without virtualization, and study the impact on performance, security and management of the IT infrastructure. This section also includes all aspects of storage management (SRM, SMI-S) and the role of cross correlation engines on overall performance of an application. Storage virtualization technologies (In-band, Out-of-band, split path architectures or SPAID) are all covered in detail. Data Security, whether for data in-flight or at-rest and enterprise level key management issues are covered along with all the players that make up the ecosystems.
As databases continue to grow larger and more complex they present issues in terms of security, performance and management. Taneja Group analysts cover the vendors and the technologies that harness the power of archiving to reduce the size of active databases. We also cover specialized database appliances that have become the vogue lately. All data protection issues surrounding databases are also covered in detail. We write extensively on this topic for the benefit of the IT user.
In many respects, the branch office is still the “wild frontier” of enterprise IT: an uncharted, unknown territory best left to the adventurous. This frontier mentality is especially evident in the world of storage. There are over 1 million corporate branch offices in the United States, most of them utilizing some manner of file serving technology.
Taneja Group sees many end users deploying multiple classes of storage devices, or “storage tiers” in order to increase the economies and overall utilization of their storage environment. In most of these cases, we see users leveraging lower costs ATA and serial ATA (SATA) arrays alongside more expensive fibre-channel storage fabrics.
In November, 2003, Network Appliance acquired Spinnaker Networks, a provider of NAS systems whose core IP consists of a highly scalable distributed file system (DFS) that can be used in a wide range of deployment scenarios. In late December, 2003, Red Hat acquired Sistina Software in order to command that company’s flagship Global File System (GFS), an essential ingredient to enabling highly scalable data sharing for networked storage environments running behind Red Hat Linux servers.
Though it may hurt the brain to contemplate, the mission-critical design requirements of the enterprise storage integrator exceed those of the individual enterprise data center by several magnitudes. The reason is simple: With dozens or hundreds of customer environments at any given time, economic success depends on bullet-proofing all aspects of the storage architecture against random acts of unreliability.
Over the course of 2003, the concept of placing “intelligent” storage management in the heart of the networked fabric has shifted from longstanding industry pipedream into deployed reality. On the end user side, this long-awaited reality is driven largely by an unprecedented requirement to get control over heterogeneous environments and budget-busting management inefficiencies.
Blade servers are a next generation, modular computing architecture aimed at driving operational efficiencies by reducing overall management and physical data center costs. The first generation of blades, geared towards edgeapplications, promised to deliver savings through their ultra-dense, low power consumption design.