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The Power of Distributed Object Storage

Several years ago, Taneja Group predicted the inevitable emergence of what we called "cloud-based storage." Today, this technology is behind most cloud offerings for unstructured data, whether public or private. We defined cloud-based storage as the highly scalable, RESTful API accessible, object-based technology that is no longer just an Amazon S3 offering, but is served up by all manner of product vendors and providers.

  • Premiered: 01/09/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: InfoStor.com
Topic(s): TBA object TBA Storage TBA Jeff Boles TBA API TBA Cloud TBA Data Management TBA Accessibility
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Amazon S3 API for cloud storage leads pack, for now

One of the major hurdles to public cloud and object storage adoption has been cleared with the emergence of the Amazon Simple Storage application programming interface as a de facto standard.

  • Premiered: 09/24/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Amazon TBA Amazon S3 TBA API TBA Cloud TBA Storage
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EMC Avamar 7 - Protecting Data at Scale in the Virtual Data Center (TVS)

Storing digital data has long been a perilous task.  Not only are stored digital bits subject to the catastrophic failure of the devices they rest upon, but the nature of shared digital bits subjects them to error and even intentional destruction.   In the virtual infrastructure, the dangers and challenges subtly shift.  Data is more highly consolidated and more systems depend wholly on shared data repositories; this increases data risks.  Many virtual machines connecting to single shared storage pools mean that IO or storage performance has become an incredibly precious resource; this complicates backup, and means that backup IO can cripple a busy infrastructure.  Backup is a more important operation than ever before, but it is also fundamentally more challenging than ever before.

Fortunately, the industry rapidly learned this lesson in the earlier days of virtualization, and has aggressively innovated to bring tools and technologies to bear on the challenge of backup and recovery for virtualized environments.  APIs have unlocked more direct access to data, and products have finally come to market that make protection easier to use, and more compatible with the dynamic, mobile workloads of the virtual data center.  Nonetheless differences abound between product offerings, often rooted in the subtleties of architecture – architectures that ultimately determine whether a backup product is best suited for SMB-sized needs, or whether a solution can scale to support the large enterprise.

Moreover, within the virtual data center, TCO centers on resource efficiency, and a backup strategy can be one of the most significant determinants of that efficiency. On one hand, traditional backup just does not work and can cripple efficiency.  There is simply too much IO contention and application complexity in trying to convert a legacy physical infrastructure backup approach to the virtual infrastructure.  On the other hand, there are a number of specialized point solutions designed to tackle some of the challenges of virtual infrastructure backup.  But too often, these products do not scale sufficiently, lack consolidated management, and stand to impose tremendous operational overhead as the customer’s environment and data grows.  When taking a strategic look at the options, it often looks like backup approaches fly directly in the face of resource efficiency.

Publish date: 10/31/13
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AWS storage doesn't have to be a complex undertaking, experts say

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a variety of storage options, but choosing between them doesn't have to be a complex undertaking.

  • Premiered: 03/20/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Cloud Applications
Topic(s): TBA Amazon TBA AWS TBA Storage TBA Block Storage TBA Amazon EBS TBA Amazon Glacier TBA Disk TBA Rackspace TBA Microsoft TBA IBM TBA object storage TBA File Storage TBA API TBA iSCSI TBA IO
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Five VM-Level Infrastructure Adaptations

It used to be that IT struggled to intimately understand every app in order to provide the right supporting infrastructure. Today, server virtualization makes the job much easier, because IT can now just cater to VMs. By working and communicating at the VM level, both app owners and infrastructure admins stay focused, using a common API to help ensure apps are hosted effectively and IT runs efficiently.

  • Premiered: 07/21/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA Infrastructure TBA Server Virtualization TBA API TBA VMWare TBA Virtual SAN Appliance TBA VSAN TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VVOL TBA LUN TBA Backup TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA convergence TBA hyperconvergence TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA HP TBA IBM TBA VCE TBA SimpliVity TBA Scale Computing TBA Nutanix TBA server TBA Storage TBA Networking TBA Cloud TBA Tintri TBA Mike Matchett
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New choices bring enterprise big data home

Enterprises recognize the tantalizing value of big data analytics, but traditional concerns about data management and security have held back deployments -- until now.

  • Premiered: 12/02/14
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA Mike Matchett TBA TechTarget TBA Big Data TBA Storage TBA analytics TBA Data Management TBA Security TBA Infrastructure TBA HDFS TBA Hadoop TBA Hadoop Distributed File System TBA scale-out TBA Commodity Storage TBA DAS TBA Direct attached storage TBA replication TBA Optimization TBA EMC TBA Isilon TBA NFS TBA Network File System TBA NetApp TBA VMWare TBA Red Hat TBA OpenStack TBA Virtualization TBA BlueData TBA MapR TBA GFPS TBA API
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How To Create VMware Virtual Volumes

VVOLs, as they're known, could revolutionize your datacenter. Learn how they work and how to set them up.

  • Premiered: 02/26/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VMware Virtual Volumes TBA VMware VVOLs TBA VVOLs TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA LUN TBA API TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA SAN TBA NAS TBA Array TBA storage container TBA vCenter TBA Dell TBA NexGen TBA ESXi TBA Hitachi TBA HDS TBA NetApp
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Google tries to melt Amazon Glacier's lead in cold data storage

Google Cloud Storage Nearline takes on Amazon Glacier, promising restore times in seconds rather than the hours it takes for Glacier customers.

  • Premiered: 03/13/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Google TBA Cloud TBA Cloud Storage TBA Storage TBA Amazon Glacier TBA cold data TBA cold data storage TBA Nearline TBA Tape TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA CDR TBA AWS TBA Google Nearline TBA Storage API TBA API TBA Mike Matchett
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Storage: The Next Generation

Qumulo demonstrates its new file system, the heart of its software-defined-storage product.

  • Premiered: 03/25/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA Qumulo TBA Qumulo Core TBA Qumulo Scalable File System TBA QSFS TBA software-defined TBA data-aware TBA scale-out TBA NAS TBA Enterprise Storage TBA File System TBA Datacenter TBA hybrid storage TBA Hybrid Array TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA SSD TBA Flash TBA HDD TBA API TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA scalability TBA analytics
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It's time to shift from data-dumb to data-aware storage

With flash and virtualization technologies becoming readily available, the time has come for storage to evolve from data dumb to data aware.

  • Premiered: 05/01/15
  • Author: Jeff Kato
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA data-aware TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Storage TBA Virtualization TBA DP TBA Data protection TBA QoS TBA Performance TBA analytics TBA API TBA Amazon S3 TBA DataGravity TBA Qumulo TBA Tarmin
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Data aware storage yields insights into business info

Storage isn't just a bunch of dumb disks anymore. In fact, storage infrastructure is smarter than ever.

  • Premiered: 05/20/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Center
Topic(s): TBA data-aware TBA Storage TBA storage infrastructure TBA Datacenter TBA convergence TBA converged TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Performance TBA High Performance TBA Metadata TBA Hadoop TBA HDFS TBA object storage TBA Intelligent Storage TBA QoS TBA Oracle TBA Oracle FS1 TBA VMWare TBA VVOL TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA RAID TBA Hypervisor TBA API TBA Tintri TBA Tarmin TBA GridBank TBA Lucene TBA Solr
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New scale-out NexentaEdge storage supports object, block

Nexenta's new scale-out object storage product supports object and block services and inline deduplication across a petabyte-scale cluster.

  • Premiered: 05/18/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Nexenta TBA NexentaEdge TBA scale-out TBA Storage TBA cluster TBA object TBA Block TBA Inline TBA Deduplication TBA OpenStack TBA Amazon S3 TBA Amazon TBA EMC TBA IBM TBA NetApp TBA Cleversafe TBA Caringo TBA Exablox TBA Scality TBA Ceph TBA Red Hat TBA ZFS TBA API TBA iSCSI TBA object storage TBA Jeff Byrne
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Integrate cloud tiering with on-premises storage

Cloud and on-premises storage are increasingly becoming integrated so cloud is just another tier available to storage administrators.

  • Premiered: 06/02/15
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA Storage TBA Mike Matchett TBA Public Cloud TBA elasticity TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Performance TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Cloud Storage TBA EFSS TBA Amazon EBS TBA AWS TBA Amazon Web Services TBA Amazon TBA EFS TBA Elastic Block Storage TBA Block Storage TBA Elastic File Store TBA SoftNAS TBA API TBA SDS TBA software-defined storage TBA OpenStack TBA Maxta TBA Nexenta TBA Qumulo TBA Tarmin TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization
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Is EMC Adopting an Open Source Strategy?

Storage giant EMC stunned the IT community recently with the announcement that it plans to release an open source project based on its ViPR Controller software defined storage product.

  • Premiered: 06/16/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Infostor
Topic(s): TBA Storage TBA EMC TBA ViPR TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA CoprHD TBA GitHub TBA SRM TBA Red Hat TBA ScaleIO TBA API
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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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The Promise of VM-Centric Storage and VVols: Tintri VMstore Delivers the Future Promise Now

The din surrounding VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVols) is deafening. It started in 2011 when VMware announced the concept of VVols and the storage industry reacted with enthusiasm and culminated with its introduction as part of vSphere 6 release in April 2015. Viewed simply, VVols is an API that enables storage arrays that support the functionality to provision and manage storage at the granularity of a VM, rather than LUNs or Volumes or mount points, as they do today. Without question, VVols is an incredibly powerful concept and will fundamentally change the interaction between storage and VMs in a way not seen since the concept of server virtualization first came to market. No surprise then that each and every storage vendor in the market is feverishly trying to build in VVols support and competing on the superiority of their implementation.

Yet one storage player, Tintri, has been delivering products with VM-centric features for four years without the benefit of VVols. How can this be so? How could Tintri do this? And what does it mean for them now that VVols are here? To do justice to this question we will briefly look at what VVols are and how they work and then dive into how Tintri has delivered the benefits of VVols for several years. We will also look at what the buyer of Tintri gets today and how Tintri plans to integrate VVols. Read on…

Publish date: 06/26/15
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SanDisk Unveils Integrated Data Service for VMware vSphere with Next Generation FlashSoft Software

VMware Design Partner for Caching Solution Brings Host-Based Flash Acceleration to vSphere 6 Ecosystem

  • Premiered: 08/31/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: MarketWatch
Topic(s): TBA SanDisk TBA VMWare TBA vSphere TBA FlashSoft TBA Flash TBA Storage TBA SSD TBA Virtualization TBA VAIO TBA VSAN TBA Virtual SAN TBA Network File System TBA NFS TBA VMFS TBA API TBA Performance TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS
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Unitrends Enterprise Backup 9.0: Simple and Powerful Data Protection for the Whole Data Center

Backup and recovery, replication, recovery assurance: all are more crucial than ever in the light of massively growing data. But complexity has grown right alongside expanding data. Data centers and their managers strain under the burdens of legacy physical data protection, fast-growing virtual data requirements, backup decisions around local, remote and cloud sites, and the need for specialist IT to administer complex data protection processes.

In response, Unitrends has launched a compelling new version of Unitrends Enterprise Backup (UEB): Release 9.0. Its completely revamped user interface and experience significantly reduces management overhead and lets even new users easily perform sophisticated functions using the redesigned dashboard. And its key capabilities are second to none for modern data protection in physical and virtual environments.

One of UEB 9.0’s differentiating strengths (indeed, the entire Unitrends product line) is the fact that in today’s increasingly more virtualized world, they still offer deep support for physical as well as virtual environments. This is more important than it might at first appear. There is a huge installed base of legacy equipment in existence and a lot of it has still not been moved into a virtual environment; yet it all needs to be protected. Within this legacy base, there are many mission-critical applications still running on physical servers that remain high priority protection targets. In these environments, many admins are forced to purchase specialized tools for protecting virtual environments separate from physical ones, or to use point backup products for specific applications. Both options carry extra costs by buying multiple applications that do essentially the same thing, and by hiring multiple people trained to use them.

This is why no matter how virtualized an environment is, if there is even one critical application that is still physical, admins need to strongly consider a solution that protects both. This gives the data center maximum protection with lower operating costs, since they no longer need multiple data protection packages and trained staff to run them.

This is where Unitrends steps in. With its rich capabilities and intuitive interface, UEB 9.0 protects data throughout the data center, and does not require IT specialists. This Product in Depth assesses Unitrends Enterprise Backup 9.0, the latest version of Unitrends flagship data protection platform. We put the new user interface through its paces to see just how intuitive it is, what information it provides and how many clicks it takes to perform some basic operations. We also did a deep dive into the functionality provided by the backup engine itself, some of which is a carryover from earlier versions and some which are new for 9.0.

Publish date: 09/17/15
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VMware vSphere 6 release good news for storage admins

VMware's vSphere 6 release shows that the vendor is aiming for a completely software-defined data center with a fully virtualized infrastructure.

  • Premiered: 10/05/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA vSphere 6 TBA software-defined TBA Software-Defined Data Center TBA SDDC TBA Virtualization TBA virtualized infrastructure TBA VSAN TBA VVOLs TBA VMware VVOLs TBA Virtual Volumes TBA VMotion TBA high availability TBA Security TBA scalability TBA Data protection TBA replication TBA VMware PEX TBA Fault Tolerance TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA Provisioning TBA Storage Management TBA SLA TBA 3D Flash TBA FT TBA vCPU TBA CPU
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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