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Microsoft Buys StorSimple - Deepen integration between Microsoft Azure and Enterprise Data Center

Microsoft officially acquired StorSimple on November 15, 2012. StorSimple was a relative startup that had been shipping products for about 18 months. Why did Microsoft buy StorSimple? What is the strategy behind the purchase? Where will Microsoft take this newly acquired technology? These are many of the questions we are being asked at present. Here is our view....

Publish date: 01/08/13
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Hybrid Cloud Storage from Microsoft: Leveraging Windows Azure and StorSimple

Cloud computing does some things very well. It delivers applications and upgrades. It runs analysis on cloud-based big data. It connects distributed groups sharing communications and files. It provides a great environment for developing web applications and running test/dev processes.

But public cloud storage is a different story. The cloud does deliver long-term, cost-effective storage for inactive backup and archives. Once the backup and archive data streams are scheduled and running they can use relatively low bandwidth as long as they are deduping on-site before transport. (And as long as they do not have to be rehydrated pre-upload, which is another story.) This alone helps to save on-premises storage capacity and can replace off-site tape vaulting.

But cloud storage users want more. They want to have the cost and agility advantages of the public cloud without incurring the huge expense of building one. They want to keep using the public cloud for cost-effective backup and archive, but they also want to use it for more active – i.e. primary – data. This is especially true for workloads with rapidly growing data sets that quickly age like collaboration and file shares. Some of this data needs to reside locally but the majority can be moved, or tiered, to public cloud storage.

What does the cloud need to work for this enterprise wish list? Above all it needs to make public cloud storage an integral part of the on-premises primary storage architecture. This requires intelligent and automated storage tiering, high performance for baseline uploads and continual snapshots, no geographical lock-in, and a central storage management console that integrates cloud and on-premises storage.

Hybrid cloud storage, or HCS, meets this challenge. HCS turns the public cloud into a true active storage tier for less active production data that is not ready to be put out to backup pasture. Hybrid cloud storage integrates on-premises storage with public cloud storage services: not as another backup target but as integrated storage infrastructure. The storage system uses both the on-premises array and scalable cloud storage resources for primary data, expanding that data and data protection to a cost-effective cloud storage tier.

Microsoft’s innovative and broad set of technology enables a true, integrated solution for hybrid cloud storage for business and government organizations – not just a heterogeneous combination of private cloud and public cloud storage offerings. Comprised of StorSimple cloud-integrated storage and the Windows Azure Storage service, HCS from Microsoft well serves the demanding enterprise storage environment, enabling customers to realize huge data management efficiencies in their Microsoft applications and Windows and VMware environments.

This paper will discuss how the Microsoft solution for hybrid cloud storage, consisting of Windows Azure and StorSimple, is different from traditional storage, best practices for leveraging it, and the real world results from multiple customer deployment examples.

Publish date: 08/31/13
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Hybrid Cloud Storage: Extending the Storage Infrastructure for Major Cost Savings

Cloud computing has several clear business models. SaaS delivers software, upgrades and maintenance as a service, saving customers money by eliminating costs of ownership that the cloud provider now bears. Several technology factors contribute to SaaS' increasing popularity including protocol standardization, the ubiquity of Web browsing, access to broadband networks, and rapid application development.  It’s not perfect – people have legitimate concerns about data security, governance, vendor lock-in, and data portability, but based on its success, the advantages of SaaS seem to be outweighing its challenges. And the market segment is growing fast.

Another cloud computing model is IaaS, where the customer outsources the compute infrastructure to a cloud provider. This model is gaining traction, especially for application development and testing. App developers are able to take the capital they would otherwise have to spend on buying computing gear and target it to specific development projects that are underway in Internet data centers. The problem with IaaS is that cloud software development doesn’t necessarily translate well into on-premises deployments and many developers prefer to develop SaaS.

Storage in the cloud is yet another business model with different dynamics. While SaaS and Iaas are strongly oriented towards cloud deployments, there are strong pressures driving cloud storage toward on-premises deployments. While storing data in the cloud for SaaS and IaaS computing is certainly important, the vast amount of data still resides on-premises where its growth is largely unchecked. If the cloud storage is going to succeed, it needs to become relevant to the people managing data in corporate on-premises data centers.

Publish date: 11/27/13
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Storage pops the cloud bursting bubble

Cloud bursting is considered one the best use cases of hybrid cloud deployment, but the reality is, storage is not so easy to move in and out of the cloud.

  • Premiered: 12/09/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA cloud bursting TBA Private Cloud TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Public Cloud TBA Mike Matchett TBA Storage TBA High Performance TBA Amazon TBA AWS TBA Microsoft TBA Azure TBA IBM TBA SoftLayer TBA NetApp TBA EMC TBA Isilon TBA NAS TBA Equinix TBA VMWare TBA Nasuni TBA application performance
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When private clouds reach compute capacity, consider cloud bursting

Cloud bursting may have received some hype for its potential in the enterprise, but there are a few factors you should consider before bursting to the public cloud.

  • Premiered: 12/19/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA cloud bursting TBA Arun Taneja TBA TechTarget TBA Storage TBA Public Cloud TBA Data Center TBA Private Cloud TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Server Virtualization TBA Virtualization TBA Networking TBA Security TBA Unitrends TBA Amazon AWS TBA AWS TBA Amazon TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA Azure
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Primary Data primes the pump for data virtualization software

Startup Primary Data prepares GA launch of DataSphere data virtualization software, which is designed to make data available any time on any storage.

  • Premiered: 08/27/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Virtual Storage
Topic(s): TBA primary data TBA data virtualization TBA Virtualization TBA DataSphere TBA VMWorld TBA VMworld 2015 TBA EMC TBA Isilon TBA NetApp TBA FAS TBA Intel TBA NVMe TBA Amazon TBA Simple Storage TBA Simple Storage Service TBA S3 TBA Amazon S3 TBA dataspace TBA Metadata TBA metadata engine TBA Primary Storage TBA SMB TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA server TBA Glacier TBA OpenStack TBA OpenStack Swift TBA Microsoft Azure TBA Azure
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Data protection vendors fight for cloud storage title

Though major cloud storage service providers like AWS, Azure and Google lead on price, they may be lacking for data protection services.

  • Premiered: 03/07/16
  • Author: Jim Whalen
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Data protection TBA Cloud TBA Cloud Storage TBA Jim Whalen TBA Amazon AWS TBA AWS TBA Azure TBA Google TBA Microsoft TBA Amazon TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA Backup TBA backup appliance TBA hyperscale TBA DP TBA Archiving TBA replication TBA cloud backup TBA Virtual Machine TBA VM TBA RTO TBA Datto TBA Unitrends
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Cohesity Data Platform: Hyperconverged Secondary Storage

Primary storage is often defined as storage hosting mission-critical applications with tight SLAs, requiring high performance.  Secondary storage is where everything else typically ends up and, unfortunately, data stored there tends to accumulate without much oversight.  Most of the improvements within the overall storage space, most recently driven by the move to hyperconverged infrastructure, have flowed into primary storage.  By shifting the focus from individual hardware components to commoditized, clustered and virtualized storage, hyperconvergence has provided a highly-available virtual platform to run applications on, which has allowed IT to shift their focus from managing individual hardware components and onto running business applications, increasing productivity and reducing costs. 

Companies adopting this new class of products certainly enjoyed the benefits, but were still nagged by a set of problems that it didn’t address in a complete fashion.  On the secondary storage side of things, they were still left dealing with too many separate use cases with their own point solutions.  This led to too many products to manage, too much duplication and too much waste.  In truth, many hyperconvergence vendors have done a reasonable job at addressing primary storage use cases, , on their platforms, but there’s still more to be done there and more secondary storage use cases to address.

Now, however, a new category of storage has emerged. Hyperconverged Secondary Storage brings the same sort of distributed, scale-out file system to secondary storage that hyperconvergence brought to primary storage.  But, given the disparate use cases that are embedded in secondary storage and the massive amount of data that resides there, it’s an equally big problem to solve and it had to go further than just abstracting and scaling the underlying physical storage devices.  True Hyperconverged Secondary Storage also integrates the key secondary storage workflows - Data Protection, DR, Analytics and Test/Dev - as well as providing global deduplication for overall file storage efficiency, file indexing and searching services for more efficient storage management and hooks into the cloud for efficient archiving. 

Cohesity has taken this challenge head-on.

Before delving into the Cohesity Data Platform, the subject of this profile and one of the pioneering offerings in this new category, we’ll take a quick look at the state of secondary storage today and note how current products haven’t completely addressed these existing secondary storage problems, creating an opening for new competitors to step in.

Publish date: 03/30/16
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Hybrid Storage Accelerates IT Cloud Transformation: Customers find Microsoft Azure StorSimple

After conducting a number of in-depth field interviews with real world Microsoft Azure StorSimple users, we’ve discovered that the real StorSimple story is all about helping people transition smoothly from on-premises storage to an on-premises/cloud hybrid model. From there, it helps both IT and the business accelerate broader adoption of cloud-centric hybrid IT architecture. StorSimple not only simplifies on-premises storage challenges with fully integrated automated cloud-tiering and data protection (providing elastic capacity and cloud burstability), but also optimizes distributed file sharing and application storage (with cloud-based DR, centralized management, and extensibility).

However, it’s easy to talk about features – what a product does and how it does it. These are important things to know and we’ll highlight several key capabilities in this report. But the real proof of the successful product pudding is this: what do actual customers say? What are their challenges, their hopes, their needs? And how did their storage decisions serve those needs?

To answer these questions, we took an in-depth look at StorSimple through a customer lens. Real-life enterprise customers told us about their original journeys to StorSimple, and how Microsoft is helping them to move on more fully to the cloud. Ultimately, we noted five highly-valued critical advantages of StorSimple: native data protection and disaster recovery, deployment and management simplicity across multiple locations, a high return on investment, and a dynamic storage environment that unifies files and applications across the enterprise.

Publish date: 05/09/16
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Big data and IoT benefit from machine learning, AI apocalypse not Imminent

Enterprise gets more from its data and better predictive analytics with capable machine learning, but this AI still isn't good enough at finding meaningful patterns in data.

  • Premiered: 05/19/16
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search IT Operations
Topic(s): TBA Mike Matchett TBA Storage TBA Big Data TBA IoT TBA Internet of Things TBA predictive analytics TBA Machine Learning TBA Artificial Intelligence TBA AI TBA deep learning TBA cloud hosting TBA Cloud TBA Microsoft TBA Twitter TBA Kik TBA GroupMe TBA Google TBA AlphaGo TBA CPU TBA predictive modeling TBA cluster TBA Microsoft Azure TBA Azure TBA AWS TBA Amazon AWS TBA Amazon Web Services TBA Google Cloud Platform
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HubStor debuts cloud archive for Microsoft Azure file storage

HubStor creates a dedicated cloud archive tenant in Microsoft’s public cloud. HubStor Connector Service performs enterprise-grade analytics, data governance and indexed search.

  • Premiered: 07/21/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA HubStor TBA Cloud TBA cloud archive TBA Storage TBA Public Cloud TBA analytics TBA data governance TBA compliance TBA Azure TBA Microsoft Azure TBA NAS TBA SAN TBA CIFS TBA NFS TBA SMB TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA e-discovery TBA Active Directory TBA Acaveo TBA Saas TBA Software-as-a-Service TBA cluster TBA dark data TBA Jim Whalen TBA Amazon AWS TBA AWS TBA Amazon Web Services
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Unitrends Advances Cloud Support

As the cloud increasingly becomes a backup target, data protection vendors are responding with robust cloud support – and Unitrends is no exception. Earlier this week, Unitrends announced three new products that advance their cloud support.

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Hedvig storage update offers multicloud capabilities

Hedvig outlined its vision for a Universal Data Plane spanning public and private clouds, as it announced an updated version of its software-defined storage.

  • Premiered: 09/22/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Storage
Topic(s): TBA Hedvig TBA Cloud TBA Jeff Kato TBA Public Cloud TBA Private Cloud TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA Software Defined Storage TBA software defined TBA Universal Data Plane TBA iSCSI TBA NFS TBA Amazon TBA Amazon S3 TBA OpenStack TBA OpenStack Swift TBA Deduplication TBA Data Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Snapshots TBA Snapshot TBA tiering TBA Caching TBA VMWare TBA VMware vSphere TBA vSphere TBA Docker TBA Mirantis TBA scale-out
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Going hyperconverged? Don't forget to burst into the cloud

Here’s a key benefit of that shiny new hyperconverged box you just bought: it’s supposed to speak the cloud’s language.

  • Premiered: 09/22/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: The Register
Topic(s): TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyperconverged infrastructure TBA Jeff Kato TBA Cloud TBA Private Cloud TBA Storage TBA API TBA Public Cloud TBA Azure TBA Amazon AWS TBA AWS TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Compute TBA Security TBA cloud bursting TBA VDI TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA Backup TBA software-defined TBA software defined TBA REST API TBA REST TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA Virtualization TBA IT infrastructure TBA DevOps TBA workflow automation
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Data Protection Needs to be Everywhere – Including the Public Cloud

Moving workloads to the public cloud is now a priority for the majority of companies. In fact, over 60% of firms we recently surveyed are housing business-critical assets in Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or other public clouds.

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Move Petabytes to Microsoft Azure Without Re-Architecting Applications

SoftNAS expands SoftNAS Cloud and delivers its No Storage Downtime Guarantee for high-availability on Microsoft Azure.

  • Premiered: 10/17/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Business Wire
Topic(s): TBA Microsoft TBA Microsoft Azure TBA Azure TBA SoftNAS TBA Cloud TBA Storage TBA high availability TBA NAS TBA SAN TBA OPEX TBA Jeff Kato TBA CIFS TBA SMB TBA iSCSI TBA Public Cloud TBA Saas TBA replication
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Cohesity storage adds Cloud Edition for AWS, Azure

Startup Cohesity launches DataPlatform Cloud Edition, a version of its converged secondary storage software designed to run on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

  • Premiered: 11/23/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Data Backup
Topic(s): TBA Cohesity TBA Cohesity Data Platform TBA DataPlatform TBA Cloud TBA Storage TBA Amazon AWS TBA AWS TBA Amazon TBA Microsoft TBA Microsoft Azure TBA Azure TBA secondary storage TBA elastic cloud TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA DevOps TBA Hadoop TBA analytics TBA Public Cloud TBA Rubrik TBA Arun Taneja TBA software-defined TBA software-defined storage TBA SDS TBA Google TBA hyperconverged TBA hyperconvergence TBA Nutanix TBA S3 TBA Amazon S3
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Cloud, IoT to drive enterprise IT trends in 2017

Cloud computing has evolved quite a bit in the last few years, but it still has far to go. Technologies such as big data, containers and IoT will have a big part to play in the future.

  • Premiered: 01/19/17
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Cloud Computing
Topic(s): TBA Cloud TBA IoT TBA Internet of Things TBA Mike Matchett TBA Cloud Computing TBA Storage TBA Big Data TBA containers TBA VMWare TBA Microsoft TBA Office 365 TBA Azure TBA Saas TBA Hadoop TBA SQL TBA Machine Learning TBA RTO TBA DevOps TBA VM TBA Virtual Machine TBA software-defined TBA software-defined infrastructure TBA big data analytics
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SQL Server machine learning goes full throttle on operational data

Artificial intelligence is a hot topic in IT, and Microsoft has made strides to synchronize SQL Server with machine learning tools for use in analyzing operational data pipelines.

  • Premiered: 03/06/17
  • Author: Mike Matchett
  • Published: TechTarget: Search SQL Server
Topic(s): TBA SQL TBA SQL Server TBA Machine Learning TBA Big Data TBA operational data TBA Artificial Intelligence TBA AI TBA Microsoft TBA converged TBA convergence TBA Workflow TBA Cloud TBA Storage TBA predictive analytics TBA vNext TBA IoT TBA Internet of Things TBA Microsoft Azure TBA Azure TBA Optimization
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Veeam Expands Data Protection Platform with Several Product Announcements at VeeamON 2017

The theme at VeeamON 2017 last week was “availability for the always on enterprise”. While the subject of “availability” was very familiar to attendees, the parade of announcements that followed made it clear that a new day is dawning at Veeam – one that stretches far beyond their roots in virtual data protection.