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Auto tiering crucial to storage efficiency

Auto tiering is used to help optimize data running across LUNs and file systems. It’s an important storage efficiency tool, and many users and vendors see it as a must-have technology. It’s especially key for users who have solid-state drives (SSDs) in place. SSDs have capacity constraints, and auto-tiering software helps with performance demands.

In this podcast interview, Jeff Boles, senior analyst and director, validation services at Taneja Group, discusses the importance of auto tiering in today’s data storage industry. Find out auto tiering’s main purpose in the data center; the difference between sub-LUN tiering and auto tiering; when sub-LUN tiering is a better choice than auto tiering; who the big vendors are that support auto tiering; and what the future looks like for automated storage tiering. Read the transcript below or download the MP3.

To listen to this podcast, click here.

  • Premiered: 06/09/11 at On Demand
  • Speaker(s): Jeff Boles
  • Sponsor(s): TechTarget and Dell Compellent
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Enterprise storage trends: SSDs, capacity optimization, auto tiering

What you will learn: It may seem as if data storage technologies are a little stodgy and out of date, but there are plenty of enterprise storage trends emerging at both big storage vendors and smaller upstarts. Solid-state storage, virtualization-optimized storage, capacity optimization and automated storage tiering (AST) have all become more prominent in IT shops lately because of the success users have garnered from their use.

  • Premiered: 10/06/11
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: SearchStorage.com
Topic(s): TBA SSD TBA Optimization TBA Auto Tiering
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Top Performance on Mixed Workloads, Unbeatable for Oracle Databases

There is a storm brewing in IT today that will upset the core ways of doing business with standard data processing platforms. This storm is being fueled by inexorable data growth, competitive pressures to extract maximum value and insight from data, and the inescapable drive to lower costs through unification, convergence, and optimization. The storage market in particular is ripe for disruption. Surprisingly, that storage disruption may just come from a current titan only seen by many as primarily an application/database vendor —Oracle.

When Oracle bought Sun in 2009, one of the areas of expertise brought over was in ZFS, a “next generation” file system. While Oracle clearly intended to compete in the enterprise storage market, some in the industry thought that the acquisition would essentially fold any key IP into narrow solutions that would only effectively support Oracle enterprise workloads. And in fact, Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances have been successfully and stealthily moving into more and more data centers as the DBA-selected best option for “database” and “database backup” specific storage.

But the truth is that Oracle has continued aggressive development on all fronts, and its ZFS Storage Appliance is now extremely competitive as scalable enterprise storage, posting impressive benchmarks topping other comparative solutions. What happens when support for mixed workloads is also highly competitive? The latest version of Oracle ZFS Storage Appliances, the new ZS3 models, become a major contender as a unified, enterprise featured, and affordable storage platform for today’s data center, and are positioned to bring Oracle into enterprise storage architectures on a much broader basis going forward.

In this report we will take a look at the new ZS3 Series and examine how it delivers both on its “application engineered” premise and its broader capabilities for unified storage use cases and workloads of all types. We’ll briefly examine the new systems and their enterprise storage features, especially how they achieve high performance across multiple use cases. We’ll also explore some of the key features engineered into the appliance that provide unmatched support for Oracle Database capabilities like Automatic Data Optimization (ADO) with Hybrid Columnar Compression (HCC) which provides heat map driven storage tiering. We’ll also review some of the key benchmark results and provide an indication of the TCO factors driving its market leading price/performance.

Publish date: 09/10/13
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AMI Launches StorTrends 3500i SSD Array

American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) today announced the release of its StorTrends 3500i SSD Array, the first and only storage area network (SAN) to combine solid state drive (SSD) caching and SSD tiering into a single storage appliance.

  • Premiered: 01/28/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: HPC Wire
Topic(s): TBA AMI TBA American Megatrends TBA StorTrends TBA StorTrends 3500i TBA SSD TBA Storage TBA SAN TBA WAN Optimization TBA Auto Tiering TBA Low latency
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Leading Analyst Firm Recognizes the StorTrends 3500i Array as One of the Most Comprehensive...

American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) today announced that The Taneja Group has recognized the AMI StorTrends 3500i Hybrid Storage SSD Array as “one of the most comprehensive, versatile and cost effective solid state systems on the market today.” In the Taneja Group’s December 2013 Technology Validation report, ‘StorTrends 3500i Solid State Performance for Everyday Business’ - the research firm recounts results of its hands-on lab evaluation which validates the system’s high performance in real-world application environments.

  • Premiered: 01/30/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: PR.com
Topic(s): TBA AMI TBA American Megatrends TBA StorTrends TBA StorTrends 3500i TBA SSD TBA Storage TBA WAN Optimization TBA SAN TBA Auto Tiering TBA Low latency
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AMI StorTrends 3500i: Solid State Performance for Everyday Business (TVS)

Solid state storage technology – typically storage devices based on NAND flash – have opened up new horizons for storage systems over the past couple of years.  The storage market has seemingly been flooded by new products incorporating solid-state storage somewhere within their product line while making promises of break through levels of storage performance.  Vendors have found there are some challenges when it comes to putting solid-state technology in the storage system.   Many storage products entering the market in turn have a few wrinkles beneath the surface.

Just recently, AMI has introduced yet another SAN storage appliance. The StorTrends 3500i integrates a comprehensive solid-state storage layer into the StorTrends iTX architecture.  The 3500i brings with it the ability to use Solid State Drives (SSDs) in multiple roles – as a full flash array or hybrid storage array. As a hybrid storage array, the SSDs can be utilized as cache, tier, or a combination of the two. Along with SSD caching and tiering, the StorTrends 3500i incorporates these performance features with the field proven storage architecture validated by more than 1,100 global installs. The net result is a high performance and cost effective storage array.  In fact, the 3500i array looks poised to be one of the most comprehensively equipped storage system options for the mid-range enterprise storage customer looking for solid state acceleration for their workloads.

With this most recent storage system launch, StorTrends once again caught our attention, and we approached AMI with the idea of a hands-on lab exercise that we call a Taneja Group Technology Validation.  Our goal with this testing?  To see whether StorTrends truly preserved all of their storage functionality with the integration of SSD into the 3500i storage system, and whether the 3500i was up to the task of harnessing the blazing fast storage performance of SSD.

Publish date: 11/30/13
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HP adds dedupe, 1.92 TB SSDs to 3PAR StoreServ 7450 all-flash array

Hewlett-Packard today said it will significantly lower the cost of its 3PAR StoreServ 7450 all-flash array with new higher capacity, low-cost commercial MLC drives and hardware-assisted inline deduplication.

  • Premiered: 06/09/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA Storage TBA HP TBA 3PAR TBA StoreServe TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Deduplication TBA Auto Tiering TBA Pure Storage TBA Nimbus Data TBA Violin Memory TBA Kaminario TBA SolidFire
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In the Cloud Era, The Era of Convergence Is Upon Us

The era of IT infrastructure convergence is upon us. Every major vendor has some type of offering under this category. Startups and smaller players are also "talking" convergence. But what exactly is convergence and why are all the vendors so interested in getting included in this category? We will explain below the history of convergence, what it is, what it is not, what benefits accrue from such systems, who the players are, and who is leading the pack in true convergence.

  • Premiered: 06/10/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA Virtualization Review TBA Virtualization TBA IT infrastructure TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA convergence TBA Networking TBA HDD TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Hybrid Array TBA Hybrid TBA Cloud Computing TBA Cloud Storage TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA Hadoop TBA Storage Virtualization TBA Compression TBA RTO TBA RPO TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA Remote Office TBA ROBO TBA Compute TBA hyperconvergence TBA Server Virtualization
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Enterprise Flash - Scalable, Smart, and Economical

There is a serious re-hosting effort going on in data center storage as flash-filled systems replace large arrays of older spinning disks for tier 1 apps. Naturally as costs drop and the performance advantages of flash-accelerated IO services become irresistible, they also begin pulling in a widening circle of applications with varying QoS needs. Yet this extension leads to a wasteful tug-of-war between high-end flash only systems that can’t effectively serve a wide variety of application workloads and so-called hybrid solutions originally architected for HDDs that are often challenged to provide the highest performance required by those tier 1 applications.

Someday in its purest form all-flash storage theoretically could drop in price enough to outright replace all other storage tiers even at the largest capacities, although that is certainly not true today. Here at Taneja Group we think storage tiering will always offer a better way to deliver varying levels of QoS by balancing the latest in performance advances appropriately with the most efficient capacities. In any case, the best enterprise storage solutions today need to offer a range of storage tiers, often even when catering to a single application’s varying storage needs.

There are many entrants in the flash storage market, with the big vendors now rolling out enterprise solutions upgraded for flash. Unfortunately many of these systems are shallow retreads of older architectures, perhaps souped-up a bit to better handle some hybrid flash acceleration but not able to take full advantage of it. Or they are new dedicated flash-only point products with big price tags, immature or minimal data services, and limited ability to scale out or serve a wider set of data center QoS needs.

Oracle saw an opportunity for a new type of cost-effective flash-speed storage system that could meet the varied QoS needs of multiple enterprise data center applications – in other words, to take flash storage into the mainstream of the data center. Oracle decided they had enough storage chops (from Exadata, ZFS, Pillar, Sun, etc.) to design and build a “flash-first” enterprise system intended to take full advantage of flash as a performance tier, but also incorporate other storage tiers naturally including slower “capacity” flash, performance HDD, and capacity HDD. Tiering by itself isn’t a new thing – all the hybrid solutions do it and there are other vendor solutions that were designed for tiering – but Oracle built the FS1 Flash Storage System from the fast “flash” tier down, not by adding flash to a slower or existing HDD-based architecture working “upwards.” This required designing intelligent automated management to take advantage of flash for performance while leveraging HDD to balance out cost. This new architecture has internal communication links dedicated to flash media with separate IO paths for HDDs, unlike traditional hybrids that might rely solely on their older, standard HDD-era architectures that can internally constrain high-performance flash access.

Oracle FS1 is a highly engineered SAN storage system with key capabilities that set it apart from other all-flash storage systems, including built in QoS management that incorporates business priorities, best-practices provisioning, and a storage alignment capability that is application aware – for Oracle Database naturally, but that can also address a growing body of other key enterprise applications (such as Oracle JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Siebel, MS Exchange/SQL Server, and SAP) – and a “service provider” capability to carve out multi-tenant virtual storage “domains” while online that are actually enforced at the hardware partitioning level for top data security isolation.

In this report, we’ll dive in and examine some of the great new capabilities of the Oracle FS1. We’ll look at what really sets it apart from the competition in terms of its QoS, auto-tiering, co-engineering with Oracle Database and applications, delivered performance, capacity scaling and optimization, enterprise availability, and OPEX reducing features, all at a competitive price point that will challenge the rest of the increasingly flash-centric market.

Publish date: 02/02/15
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Reduxio launches hybrid array with built-in protection

Startup Reduxio Systems launches hybrid storage system with BackDating data recovery to any second in time, inline dedupe, and continuous block tiering.

  • Premiered: 09/04/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Reduxio TBA Hybrid Array TBA Protection TBA Hybrid TBA Storage TBA data optimization TBA Optimization TBA Data protection TBA inline deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA flash hybrid TBA CDP TBA Continuous Data Protection TBA Recovery TBA Snapshot TBA Snapshots TBA Compression TBA Virtualization TBA Metadata TBA Data reduction TBA VDI TBA Virtual Desktop Infrastructure TBA virtual desktop TBA Mike Matchett TBA Auto Tiering TBA Jeff Kato TBA clone