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Violin Concerto 7000 All Flash Array: Performance Packed with Data Services

All Flash Arrays (AFAs) are plentiful in the market. At one level all AFAs deliver phenomenal performance compared to an HDD array. But comparing AFAs to an HDD-based system is like comparing a Ford Focus to a Lamborghini. The comparison has to be inter-AFAs and when one looks under the hood one finds the AFAs in the market vary in performance, resiliency, consistency of performance, density, scalability and almost every dimension one can think of.

An AFA has to be viewed as a business transformation technology. A well-designed AFA, applied to the right applications will not only speed up application performance but by doing so enable you to make fundamental changes to your business. It may enable you to offer new services to your customers. Or serve your current customers faster and better. Or improve internal procedures in a way that improves employee morale and productivity. To not view an AFA through the business lens would be missing the point.

In this Product Profile we describe all the major criteria that should be used to evaluate AFAs and then look at Violin’s new entry, Concerto 7000 All Flash Array to see how it fares against these measures.

Publish date: 06/24/14
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Flash storage arrays gain features, boost capacity

New all-flash storage array models from IBM, Violin Memory and Kaminario follow trend of boosting data reduction and management features, adding higher capacity options.

  • Premiered: 07/29/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Flash TBA Storage TBA IBM TBA Violin Memory TBA Kaminario TBA All Flash TBA all flash array TBA AFA TBA Inline TBA Deduplication TBA replication TBA SSD TBA VDI TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA Arun Taneja TBA FalconStor TBA Microsoft TBA Windows Flash Array TBA Concerto 7000 TBA 3PAR TBA HP TBA Nimbus Data TBA Nimbus TBA Pure Storage TBA Skyera TBA SolidFire TBA EMC TBA XtremeIO TBA Hitachi TBA NetApp
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5 Ways to Clear Out IOP Bottlenecks

A look at three explicit indicators and two manual tests you can perform to know if your multipath driver is causing problems to your array's capabilities.

  • Premiered: 11/18/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Tom Fenton TBA Virtualization TBA Virtualization Review TBA EMC TBA PowerPath TBA ESXi TBA XtremeIO TBA Brocade TBA IOPS TBA ESX TBA Hypervisor TBA AFA TBA All Flash TBA all flash array TBA Datacenter
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EMC PowerPath: Optimized IO Multipathing for All Flash Arrays

All-flash arrays are changing the datacenter for the better. No longer do we worry about IOPS bottlenecks from the array: all-flash arrays (AFA) can deliver a staggering amount of IOPs. AFAs with the ability to deliver hundreds of thousands of IOPs are not uncommon. The problem now, however, is how to get the IOPS from the array to the servers. We recently had a chance to see how well an AFA using EMC PowerPath driver works to eliminate this bottleneck—and we were blown away. Most comparisons with datacenter infrastructure show a 10-30% improvement in performance; but, the performance improvement that we saw with PowerPath was extraordinary.

Getting bits from an array to server is easy —very easy, in fact. The trick is getting the bits from a server to an array in an efficient manner when you have many virtual machines (VM) on multiple physical hosts that are transmitting the bits over a physical network with a virtual fabric overlay; this is much more difficult. Errors can get introduced and must be dealt with, the most efficient path must be obtained and established, re-evaluated and reestablished continually, and any misconfiguration can produce less than optimal performance. In some cases, this can cause outages or even data loss. In order to deal with the “pathing,” or how the I/O travels from the VM to storage, the OS running on the host needs a driver, or in the case where multiple paths can be taken from the server to the array, a multipathing driver needs to be used to direct the traffic.

Windows, Linux, VMware and most other modern operating systems include a basic multipath driver; however, these drivers tend to be generic and not code optimized to extract the maximum performance from an array and come with only rudimentary traffic optimization and management functions. In some cases these generic drivers are fine, but in the majority of datacenters the infrastructure is overtaxed and its equipment needs to be used in the most efficient manner possible. Fortunately, storage companies such as EMC are committed to making their arrays work as performant as possible and spend a considerable amount of time and research to develop multipathing drivers optimized for their arrays. EMC invited us to take a look at how PowerPath, their optimized “intelligent” multipath driver, performed on an XtremIO flash array connected to a Dell PowerEdge R710 server running ESXi 6.0 while simulating an Oracle workload. We looked at the results of the various tests EMC ran comparing PowerPath/VE multipath driver against VMware’s ESXi Native Multipath driver and we were impressed—very impressed—by the difference that an optimized, multipath driver like PowerPath can make in a high IO traffic scenario.

Publish date: 04/30/15
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Out on a data storage market limb: Six predictions for 2015

Our crystal ball tells us this will be a year of change for the data storage market.

  • Premiered: 01/05/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Data Storage TBA Storage TBA DAS TBA Big Data TBA data lake TBA hub concept TBA enterprise data TBA BlueData TBA hybrid storage TBA AFA TBA All Flash TBA all flash array TBA Data protection TBA cloud tiering TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA VVOL TBA VMWare TBA EMC TBA NetApp TBA Avalanche Technology TBA HDS TBA Hitachi Data Systems TBA IBM TBA EVO:RAIL TBA Nutanix TBA Scale Computing TBA SimpliVity TBA hyperconverged
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StorTrends: All-Flash Performance at $0.50 per GB

StorTrends is promising all-flash performance and enterprise-grade data services at half the price of competing storage vendors.

  • Premiered: 03/19/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Infostor
Topic(s): TBA AMI TBA StorTrends TBA StorTrends 3600i TBA data TBA Storage TBA All Flash TBA AFA TBA SSD TBA SAN TBA WAN TBA WAN Optimization TBA WANO
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Data awareness is the next wave of enterprise storage

According to Taneja Group, data aware storage is the next big thing, and in a recent webinar, the research form trotted out some startups in this new segment to showcase their offerings.

  • Premiered: 06/24/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: IT World Canada
Topic(s): TBA NAS TBA SAN TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA SQL TBA data-aware TBA data awareness TBA Jeff Kato TBA real-time analytics TBA data analytics TBA API TBA Qumulo TBA DataGravity TBA Tarmin TBA HFA TBA AFA TBA Hybrid Array TBA hybrid storage TBA all flash array TBA All Flash TBA SSD TBA Snapshots TBA Clones TBA Encryption TBA QoS TBA replication
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DP Designed for Flash - Better Together: HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage and StoreOnce System

Flash technology has burst on the IT scene within the past few years with a vengeance. Initially seen simply as a replacement for HDDs, flash now is triggering IT and business to rethink a lot of practices that have been well established for decades. One of those is data protection. Do you protect data the same way when it is sitting on flash as you did when HDDs ruled the day? How do you take into account that at raw cost/capacity levels, flash is still more expensive than HDDs?  Do data deduplication and compression technologies change how you work with flash? Does the fact that flash technology is injected most often to alleviate severe application performance issues require you to rethink how you should protect, manage, and move this data?

These questions apply across the board when flash is injected into storage arrays but even more so when you consider all-flash arrays (AFAs), which are often associated with the most mission-critical applications an enterprise possesses. The expectations for application service levels and data protection recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) are vastly different in these environments. Given this, are existing data protection tools adequate? Or is there a better way to utilize these expensive assets and yet achieve far superior results? The short answer is yes to both.

In this Opinion piece we will focus on answering these questions broadly through the data protection lens. We will then look at a specific case of how data protection can be designed with flash in mind by considering the combination of flash-optimized HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HPE StoreOnce System backup appliances, and HPE Recovery Management Central (RMC) software. These elements combine to produce an exceptional solution that meets the stringent application service requirements and data protection RTOs and RPOs that one finds in flash storage environments while keeping costs in check.

Publish date: 06/06/16
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Kaminario K2 array uses 3D TLC NAND flash

Kaminario unveils 5.5 version of its K2 all-flash array with 3D TLC NAND flash, claims of sub-$1 per GB pricing and support for asynchronous replication.

  • Premiered: 08/20/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Kaminario TBA K2 TBA NAND TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA replication TBA all-flash TBA AFA TBA All Flash TBA all flash array TBA Compression TBA Deduplication TBA Inline TBA inline deduplication TBA Data reduction TBA Samsung TBA Database TBA Data Center TBA DRAM TBA SVC TBA Dell TBA Pure Storage TBA controller TBA SATA TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA Availability TBA Jeff Kato
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Free Report - Better Together: HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and StoreOnce System Opinion

Flash technology has burst on the IT scene within the past few years with a vengeance. Initially seen simply as a replacement for HDDs, flash now is triggering IT and business to rethink a lot of practices that have been well established for decades. One of those is data protection. Do you protect data the same way when it is sitting on flash as you did when HDDs ruled the day? How do you take into account that at raw cost/capacity levels, flash is still more expensive than HDDs?  Do data deduplication and compression technologies change how you work with flash? Does the fact that flash technology is injected most often to alleviate severe application performance issues require you to rethink how you should protect, manage, and move this data?

These questions apply across the board when flash is injected into storage arrays but even more so when you consider all-flash arrays (AFAs), which are often associated with the most mission-critical applications an enterprise possesses. The expectations for application service levels and data protection recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) are vastly different in these environments. Given this, are existing data protection tools adequate? Or is there a better way to utilize these expensive assets and yet achieve far superior results? The short answer is yes to both.

In this Opinion piece we will focus on answering these questions broadly through the data protection lens. We will then look at a specific case of how data protection can be designed with flash in mind by considering the combination of flash-optimized HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage, HP StoreOnce System backup appliances, and HP StoreOnce Recovery Management Central (RMC) software. These elements combine to produce an exceptional solution that meets the stringent application service requirements and data protection RTOs and RPOs that one finds in flash storage environments while keeping costs in check.

Publish date: 09/25/15
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Family of IBM storage arrays gets new low-cost options

IBM's DS8880 enterprise storage arrays are tightly integrated with the IBM z Systems and Power servers. The systems come with an open API for IBM Easy Tier software.

  • Premiered: 10/14/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA IBM TBA Storage TBA all-flash TBA AFA TBA all flash array TBA All Flash TBA FC TBA Fibre Channel TBA EMC TBA EMC VMAX TBA VMAX TBA HDS TBA Hitachi TBA Hitachi Data Systems TBA Infinidat TBA InfiniBox TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA API TBA Dell TBA Infrastructure
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Data storage companies add intelligence to on-site arrays

Data-aware storage yields new insights and management capabilities. But challenges include meeting IT organization's needs, tying in with existing systems and the cloud alternative.

  • Premiered: 10/20/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Data Storage TBA data-aware TBA Cloud TBA Jeff Kato TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Optimization TBA AFA TBA all-flash TBA all flash array TBA All Flash TBA Performance TBA EMC TBA Isilon TBA Cloud providers TBA Hadoop TBA Hadoop Distributed File System TBA HDFS TBA Qumulo TBA DataGravity TBA open API TBA API
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Flash performance changes the rules for buying storage

The ability to measure flash performance requires different metrics, along with a better understanding of applications, which can make it more complicated to purchase than HDDs.

  • Premiered: 11/24/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA HDD TBA Performance TBA flash performance TBA application performance TBA QoS TBA Data reduction TBA SolidFire TBA all-flash TBA AFA TBA all flash array TBA SQL TBA IOPS
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NetApp acquisition of SolidFire expands all-flash portfolio

NetApp spent $870 million to buy SolidFire and scrapped work on FlashRay, its storage system designed exclusively for flash. FlashRay never made it to general availability.

  • Premiered: 12/23/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA NetApp TBA SolidFire TBA FlashRay TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Storage TBA all-flash TBA AFA TBA all flash array TBA FAS TBA web-scale TBA cluster TBA clustered data TBA ONTAP TBA NoSQL TBA Hadoop TBA DevOps TBA Cloud TBA EMC TBA XtremeIO TBA scale-out
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What's the future of data storage in 2016?

Mike Matchett takes a closer look at the future of data storage technology in 2016 based on research from the Taneja Group.

  • Premiered: 01/06/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Data Storage TBA software-defined TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Performance TBA Density TBA all-flash TBA all flash array TBA AFA TBA Hybrid TBA Hybrid Array TBA hybrid storage TBA OPEX TBA Auto-Tiering TBA Optimization TBA Capacity TBA CAPEX TBA QoS TBA EMC TBA Dell TBA HPE TBA NetApp TBA IBM TBA NAS TBA 3PAR TBA StoreOnce TBA data protector TBA Oracle TBA ZDLRA
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Datrium DVX storage takes novel approach for VMware, flash

The Datrium DVX storage system for VMware virtual machines is generally available and drawing interest with its server-powered architecture, flash-boosted performance and low cost.

  • Premiered: 02/01/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Datrium TBA DVX TBA Storage TBA VMWare TBA Flash TBA flash storage TBA SSD TBA VM TBA Performance TBA flash performance TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA SAN TBA Virtual Machine TBA LUN TBA Hypervisor TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA RAM TBA SAS TBA Capacity TBA virtual desktop TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA VDI TBA vCenter TBA CPU TBA ESX TBA all-flash TBA all flash array TBA AFA
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The Mainstream Adoption of All-Flash Storage: HPE Customers Show How Everyone Can Leverage Flash

Flash storage offers higher performance, lower power consumption, decreased footprint and increased reliability over spinning media. It would be the rare IT shop today that doesn’t have some flash acceleration deployed in performance hot spots. But many IT folks are still on the sidelines watching and waiting for the right time to jump into a bigger adoption of flash-based shared storage.

When will flash costs (CAPEX) drop to make it affordable to switch – and for which workloads does all-flash make sense? How much better does it need to be to overcome the pain and cost (OPEX) of adopting and migrating to a whole new storage solution? How much more complex and costly is it to run a mixed storage environment with some all-flash, some tiered, and some capacity arrays?

In this insightful field report we’ve interviewed a half dozen real-world IT storage groups who faced those challenges, and with HPE 3PAR StoreServ have been able to easily transition important performance-sensitive workloads to all-flash storage. By staying within the 3PAR StoreServ family for their larger storage needs, they’ve been able to steer a clear, cost-effective and rewarding course to flash performance.

In each interview, we explore how they executed their transition from HDD to hybrid to all-flash under their real world IT initiatives that included consolidation, data center transformation, and performance acceleration. We’ll learn about the particular business values they are each successfully producing, and we will present some recommendations for others making all-flash storage decisions.

Publish date: 02/24/16
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Cisco HyperFlex helps play hyper-converged catch-up

Cisco's HyperFlex hyper-converged strategy depends largely on startup Springpath's file system performing better than those from Nutanix, VMware and other competitors.

  • Premiered: 04/11/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA Cisco TBA HyperFlex TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Springpath TBA Nutanix TBA VMWare TBA hyperconverged infrastructure TBA OEM TBA HCI TBA Networking TBA UCS TBA HPE TBA SimpliVity TBA StorMagic TBA cluster TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA all-flash TBA Microsoft TBA Hyper-V TBA EMC TBA Gridstore TBA Arun Taneja TBA Storage TBA SAN TBA WhipTail TBA AFA TBA vBlock TBA VSPEX
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Object-file system combo rapidly expands

Object-based storage adoption took longer than expected, so object vendors have added file systems to their products to make them look more familiar to users.

  • Premiered: 04/27/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA object TBA object storage TBA Storage TBA Caringo TBA Caringo Swarm TBA FileFly TBA Windows TBA NTFS TBA Network File System TBA NFS TBA scale-out TBA scale-out storage TBA Scality TBA all-flash TBA SSD TBA AFA TBA Pure Storage TBA SAN TBA elasticity TBA Data reduction TBA Encryption TBA erasure coding TBA Metadata TBA metadata engine TBA Exablox TBA OneBlox TBA latency TBA Arun Taneja TBA Amplidata TBA Cleversafe